This might guac your world.
Supermarket chain Kroger will begin selling avocados that are treated to last twice as long, the company announced Wednesday.
Following a pilot program in 109 Midwest stores, Kroger announced that Apeel avocados will be available in more than 1,100 stores nationwide.
Apeel foods are treated with a plant-derived coating made from lipids and glycerolipids, which are found in peels, pulp and seeds of fruits and vegetables. The layer helps lock in moisture and keep out oxygen, meaning foods can last two to three times longer than non-treated items, Apeel Sciences said. The coating is “colorless, odorless, and tasteless on produce,” according to Apeel.
The launch aims to reduce global food waste.
Around one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is wasted each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This equals around 1.3 billion tons, costing around $680 in industrialized countries and $310 in developing countries.
“Kroger is excited to offer more customers Apeel avocados and introduce longer-lasting limes and asparagus, marking another milestone on our journey to achieving our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision,” Frank Romero, Kroger’s vice president of produce said in a statement. “Apeel’s innovative food-based solution has proven to extend the life of perishable produce, reducing food waste in transport, in our retail stores and in our customers’ homes.”
Kroger will also sell Apeel asparagus and limes in Cincinnati through a pilot run this fall.