NEWS: Smart olive oil bottle triggers re-filling and extends shelf-life

09-04-2019

Olivery is a ‘smart’ olive oil bottle and refill system. The bottle itself is made from a special kind of glass that helps the olive oil stay fresh for longer. Violettglass is a special type of light reflecting glass which blocks all colours except two to slow down the oxidizing process. In addition the bottle contains an LED in the base which lights up when the contents are low to alert the user its time to re-order.

The company was assisted by engineering agency Miron, based in in Switzerland, which undertook research into the behaviour of light in glass and it’s effect on the contents inside. They concluded that not all colours of the light spectrum cause fruit and veg to oxidize and, in fact, violet and infrared slow down the aging process. So Miron have helped create a bottle that blocks all colours except these two. This special black glass means Olivery oil stays perfect for up to six months, it claims.

The bottle also has an LED lit base that tells consumers when they are running low on olive oil. Once they have used up 80 percent of the contents, a chip in the bottle talks, via Bluetooth, to the oLi mobile app on smart phones to trigger a re-order.

Olivery has a novel concept for its refills. Instead of sending a whole new bottle, it sells replacement olive oil in small plastic pouches that lay flat in a small box which can fit through a mail slot for easy shipping. Once the customer receives it, they just pour the pouch into the Olivery bottle and that starts the process all over again..

As for the quality of the oil, Olivery says: “Our extra virgin olive oil is made from cold pressed olives in Puglia in the South Italy. In the middle of Puglia, you’ll find the Gargano National Park, a protected nature reserve of great beauty.”

Olivery is trying to raise $40,865 through Kickstarter, to fully fund its campaign and produce the first 1,000 bottles. Early backers can get get a starter kit that includes the bottle and 500 ml refill of oil for €49. Refill packs will cost roughly €9. Though the campaign says it will ship anywhere in the world, Olivery says it is currently only shipping to Europe the USA and Canada.

For more information check out the Kickstarter website.