“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. 

OSF hits 1,000+ Twitter followers & Facebook likes

We have enjoyed a number of major Arctic® apple milestones over the past few months, and last week we achieved two more! A surge in interest following the approval of Arctic® apples in Canada and the U.S. earlier this year spurred more consumers eager to try the first biotech apples to engage with us on social media.

Nonbrowning Arctic® apples a perfect fit for fresh salads

Apples can add great flavor, crunch and color to salads, yet they are often underutilized due to the browning issue. In support of Produce for Better Health Foundation’s goal of promoting produce consumption, our blog’s latest aims to promote awareness of the “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” initiative and the value of apples in fresh salads.

OSF’s Neal Carter, Jennifer Armen present at ag-biotech webinars

Recently, two of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ leaders – Neal Carter and Jennifer Armen – participated in ag-biotech webinars. Neal gave a presentation on “GE Quality Traits” during a webinar hosted by the National Research Council, while Jennifer discussed the “Acceptance of Biotech in Specialty Crops” in a webinar for Chemistry for and from Agriculture.

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