Chemically Active Fruit Label for the Visual Estimation of Fruit Ripeness

Period of Performance: 01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003

$296K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

ADA Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway Array
Littleton, CO 80127
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Certain fruits do not change color as they ripen and hence it may be difficult for consumers to select fruit that is ready to eat. Melons and winter pears are examples of fruit that is difficult to select. Most fruit is now individually labeled and this project will develop a label that will change color as the fruit approaches ripeness. This colorimetric label will provide the consumer with an immediate visual clue that will allow them to select fruit that is approaching ripeness, or is ripe. The label will be inherently safe, in case of accidental ingestion and the incremental cost of the label over the current labels will be small.