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Chemically Active Fruit Label for the Visual Estimation of Fruit Ripeness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-13943
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-04100
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Ste. 130
Littleton, CO 80217
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Lovell
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution

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.

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