Goleta start-up Apeel Sciences is a prominent player in agri sustainability because, its coatings extend the shelf life of produce such as avocados. However, Goleta-based Apeel Sciences will lay off a large portion of its workforce, mainly in the Santa Barbara County area. This will be the second major round of layoffs this year.
The state received the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, known as WARN, the day before Thanksgiving. The state’s WARN Act requires employers to file a notice when laying off more than 50 employees in California, or when shutting down an entire facility.
Apeel filed three separate notices, each indicating a separate number of layoffs. The filing said the company will lay off 71 employees by Jan. 15, another 11 by March 31 and the final round of workers, 14, by June 30.
In total, Apeel plans to lay off 120 workers across North America, Europe and South America, according to a company spokesperson.