Food Product Design Guest Post: Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples & their applications

In a guest post for Food Product Design, a website that focuses on the latest and greatest food innovations, OSF president Neal Carter discusses some of the chief benefits of nonbrowning Arctic® apples and their potential applications. We invite you to read the full post, titled “Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples & Their Applications”, on Food Product Design's "Trending Foods" blog.

CFIA & Health Canada grant commercial approval to Arctic® apples

Following U.S. approval last month, Arctic® apples have now been officially deregulated in Canada! This means that the first two Arctic® apple varieties can be freely planted throughout the country, and we’ll be working very hard over the next few years to ensure we have trees available for interested growers (who can contact us directly if interested).

FDA review of first two Arctic® apple varieties concludes

Today FDA announced the completion of their consultative review of Okanagan Specialty Fruits' Arctic® apples, and you can review their letter to OSF here.

OSF’s Neal and Louisa Carter among BIO Superhero finalists

Neal and Louisa Carter, the founders of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, are among the five finalists for an “Everyday Biotech Superhero” contest currently being run by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). We hope you will join us in voting for them in the Pharma/Biotech category once a day from now until voting closes on March 25th.

An exploration of the role of PPO in plant defense

Over twelve years of real-world data from field trials clearly demonstrates Arctic® apples require no additional inputs than their conventional counterparts. This means that Arctic® apples will not lead to increased pesticide usage, yet we have seen this concern being raised due to the nuances of the role of polyphenol oxidase (PPO) in plants. We overview the role of PPO in plant defense, and explain why PPO’s role in apples is not applicable in commercial orchard settings.

OSF a Summerland Business & Community Award recipient

On February 28th, Okanagan Specialty Fruits was announced as a co-winner of the Summerland Business & Community Excellence Award for “Technology & Innovation”. We highlight this perfect conclusion to the most exciting month in OSF’s history, which also included U.S. approval of Arctic® apples and an announcement that OSF is being acquired by Intrexon, a leader in synthetic biology.

Joint press release announces Intrexon’s acquisition of OSF

In what is sure to provide a tremendous boost to OSF’s goal of developing value-added tree fruit varieties that benefit producers and consumers alike, today Intrexon Corporation announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits. Please see the joint press release from Intrexon and OSF for more details.

Convenience stores embracing healthy food options

Consumers are increasingly seeking out healthy foods, especially those they see as convenient. So, as we explain, it makes perfect sense that convenience stores are stocking more healthy offerings than ever, once again demonstrating that there are few food trends stronger than demand for both health and convenience.

Letter from 9 year old fan eager for more Arctic® varieties!

We at OSF have always been eager to engage with consumers whenever possible, and now that Arctic® apples are getting closer to availability, we’re thrilled to be getting more feedback than ever. And, in perhaps our favorite letter yet, nine year old Jake Lutick-Fuller passes on some great advice and well wishes to the OSF team!

USDA APHIS to grant Arctic® apples nonregulated status

In Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ biggest milestone yet, the first two nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden, are about to be deregulated in the United States. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced they will grant Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples “nonregulated” status, meaning they can now be planted and grown just like any other apples.

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