Our story

RipeTime - Fruit Ripeness Sensor Technology

A simple vision

RipeTime arose from a simple vision: create an efficient measurement tool for fresh produce that is highly sensitive, but at an amazing cost. This tool needed to drive a new level of expectation in food waste, a problem with a detrimental presence across the entire primary production sector.

The fruits of our labour

The team of RipeTime are believers in not just their product offering but also what it is capable of achieving on a humanitarian scale.

RipeTime Conducted Undergraduate study With University of Auckland

Research with Innovators

Before Ripetime, a New Zealand company named Innovators researched the opportunity and science behind Ethylene detection in the produce sector. It was through a relationship with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and an under-graduate study that lead Jon Lowy and the team at Innovators to start the development of RipeTime.

RipeTime Tested its Sensor Technology on Kiwifruit at SEEKA

Kiwifruit testing with SEEKA

In October 2015, RipeTime implemented their first ever trial on kiwifruit at one of SEEKA’s cool-store environments in Te Puke. Two months later RipeTime passed a significant milestone; results from this trial on kiwifruit proved RipeTime technology was accurate and efficient. We were able to predict the level of ripeness across five pallets and rank them from worst to best. Our results were so significant, SEEKA applied our technology on a much larger scale for the 2016 season.

RipeTime Tested its Sensor Technology On Stone Fruit Products For Cutrifruit Based in Melbourne

Testing with Cutrifruit

Whilst attending and presenting at the Brisbane PMA conference in May, RipeTime gained interest from Melbourne based Cutrifruit; a company that grows and packs stone fruit. RipeTime attained permission to commence a small scale trial in early November with stone fruit products.

During this time RipeTime had begun the initial developments of the ‘Environmental Sensor’. In June 2016, field trials with the Environmental Sensors commenced, and to date have been performing extremely well in determining changes in coolstore and packhouse environments.

Ripetime Sensor Technology To Detect Ethylene Levels in Fresh Produce

Where we are now

RipeTime continues to develop and enhance our technologies and are in the process of sourcing an external resource for materials, whilst continuing our research into food safety protocols and the potential application in other areas.

We believe our technology is efficient and accurate, and our results are proving this and more. Not only are we constantly pushing the limits of our technology, but the capability of our technology in terms of identifying multiple gasses in which are only visible to RipeTime technologies continues to impress us.

With this technology we can predict market ready condition, control shipping priorities and evaluate potential problems long before they could cause losses.”

Kevin Halliday
General Manager Post Harvest - Seeka

Get started today

Contact the team today, to see how RipeTime can help you get the most out of your produce.