Cambridge Crops raises $4 million in seed funding for its edible coating

August 14, 2019
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by Thomas Hayes
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Cambridge Crops will use the funding to complete FDA and USDA regulatory milestones, support production scale-up, and help form commercial partnerships. Its coating, derived from silk, can allegedly extend the shelf life of produce by preventing oxidation, improving water retention, and slowing microbial growth. The effectiveness of the coating with respect to each metric remains a big unknown, making it unclear how the company will stack up against startup peers Apeel Sciences and Startchy in the edible coatings arena. But remember, ethylene-blocking inserts like those from Hazel Technologies (which coincidentally just raised a $13 million Series B round) should be prioritized given their ease of implementation.

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