Restoring the iconic Golden Delicious the reputation it deserves

Historically, Golden Delicious apples have been one of the most popular varieties in the U.S. amongst both consumers and growers. However, their stock has stagnated over the past couple decades. We explain why that’s the case and what can be done to restore the reputation of this versatile cultivar.

“Miss Arctic® Apple” to represent our region as “Miss BC Interior”

Emily Henderson, aka “Miss Arctic® Apple”, did us proud by earning the title of “Miss BC Interior” at this month’s Miss BC pageant. As she explains, her experience was truly empowering for her and she is looking forward to spending the next year promoting healthy lifestyles and body images as a representative for our region!

U.S. consumers increasingly seeking healthy & convenient snacks

Since the late 1970s, the frequency of snacking has more than doubled and snacks now make up around a quarter of the average American’s caloric intake. As we explain, this trend has resulted in a major shift in focus towards healthy, convenient snacks – a development that makes a product like nonbrowning Arctic® apples poised for great things!

“Talking Biotech” podcast explores benefits of and science behind Arctic® apples

Dr. Kevin Folta’s “Talking Biotech” podcast series aims to engage in an evidence-based discussion about biotech foods by interviewing experts in the field. We highlight the latest installment in which Dr. Folta interviews OSF President Neal Carter for an exploration of the benefits of Arctic® apples, the rigorous road to commercialization, and much more.

OSF supporting contestant in Miss BC self-developmental program

Emily Henderson, a young woman who calls Summerland, BC home just like Okanagan Specialty Fruits, will be representing OSF as “Miss Arctic® Apple” at the upcoming Miss BC pageant in Langley, BC. In our blog’s latest, Emily introduces herself, explains why she felt OSF was a perfect fit as her sponsor, and describes Miss BC’s self-development program and their support of an important cancer-fighting charity.

Arctic® varieties make apples in smoothies a reality

Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait makes them ideally suited for smoothies. With more convenient preparation, improved eye-appeal and no need to choose between anti-browning treatments and dairy products, nonbrowning apples can help get more apples in smoothies. So today, we share the first ever Arctic® apple smoothie recipe.

Nonbrowning apples address main drawbacks of apple smoothies

The popularity of smoothies has risen at a remarkable rate in recent years, and the world’s most popular fruit, bananas, is the top smoothie ingredient. Yet apples, the second most popular fruit, are rarely used in smoothies at all. We explain why browning is a major reason for this, and explore what can be done to increase the presence of apples in this beverage category.

Marketing based on fear rather than facts will put some companies on the wrong side of history

Chipotle made big waves last month when they announced they had removed ingredients containing biotech foods, yet the widespread backlash was swift and fierce. We explain why the media and public are likely to continue to decry marketing ploys that seek to profit from confusion about biotech foods, rather than base policies on evidence about what is truly best for their customers and the rest of the supply chain.

MIT Technology Review highlights OSF’s success in achieving Arctic® apple approval

Meeting the challenge of developing truly nonbrowning Arctic® apples and successfully earning their commercial approval, especially as a small grower-led company, is a story we at OSF are extremely proud of. That’s why we’re big fans of an article published yesterday by MIT Technology Review titled, “Creating a Better Apple”, which explores that journey; we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

When it comes to innovation, companies must “walk the walk”, not just “talk the talk”

While innovation is something that nearly every business leader professes to support, in practice many are so risk-averse they actually stifle innovation. We highlight why it pays to be innovation friendly, and explain the risks of risk aversion. 

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