ALONG WITH A TON OF INTEREST, WE GET A TON OF QUESTIONS.
What does Ryp Labs do?
We’ve developed a natural and safe formulation that can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as our StixFresh stickers.
What makes up your formulations?
Primarily, our formulations consist of a carrier substance infused with natural compounds that have been shown to extend the shelf life of fresh produce by up to 14 days. Yes, 14. That’s not a typo.
Is your technology safe? Any harmful ingredients?
It’s our mission to always use all-natural, chemical-free, totally safe ingredients to keep fruit fresh longer. Rest assured, the ingredients used in Ryp Labs’ formulations meet GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) requirements in accordance with the FDA.
What are StixFresh stickers?
Thought you’d never ask! The StixFresh sticker is one of the most exciting applications of our technology. Nearly all fresh fruit sold is labeled with a sticker at some point. Our model is to simply take those existing stickers and apply our formulation to the non-adhesive side. Coating the “non-sticky” side of standard food-safe labels with our all-natural coating creates a protective barrier around fruit — the magic starts when you peel and apply the sticker to produce. This simple solution can be used at any point along the supply chain including postharvest handling, storage, processing, packaging, distribution, retail as well as end consumers. Science is pretty cool, eh?
What about fruits that don’t have stickers, like berries?
That’s a berry good question! For these types of produce, we’ve developed other product formats, such as sachets or sheets, that can be placed in the clamshell.
Do your formulations work on all fruit?
To date, our formulations have been tested to work on pears, avocados, dragon fruits, kiwis, mangoes, oranges and even cut flowers! And we’re always working to grow the list.
Does fruit ripen with the sticker on?
Yes. Our studies show that the natural ingredients in our formulations inhibit premature rotting while allowing the fruit to continue ripening naturally.
Does your technology work on veggies?
Our continuing goal is to develop new formulations that will be as effective on all kinds of fruits, as well as vegetables. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.
How long will the formulation last on the sticker?
Initial studies have shown that once the sticker is removed from its packaging, its shelf life could be up to several weeks. Currently, we’re conducting additional tests for more concrete data, as well as working to optimize our formulation for increased shelf life.