Arctic® Fuji – another step closer

Arctic® Fuji apples are now one step closer to U.S. deregulation! Following the submission of our initial application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Service (APHIS) requesting nonregulated status (commercial approval), we are excited to announce that OSF’s Arctic® Fuji petition  is now available to the public. This application contains data on the introduction and testing of the nonbrowning trait in Fuji variety apples which uses the same safe, beneficial technology as the Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden. This APHIS petition differs from the petition submitted for our initial varieties because it is considered an
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Press Release: Arctic® Fuji apple one step closer to U.S. regulatory approval

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has publicly shared the final version of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) petition seeking regulatory approval for Arctic® Fuji apples, a nonbrowning variety produced through biotechnology. In an announcement published August 10, 2016, USDA APHIS stated that they have reached a preliminary decision to extend their determination of nonregulated status to OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® Fuji variety. In addition to publishing OSF’s petition, APHIS has also shared their preliminary finding of no significant impact, and preliminary extended determination and plant pest risk assessment. USDA
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A healthy dose of quality snacks

Allow me to re-introduce myself: I’m Joel Brooks, OSF’s Brand Manager. While I used to be the one behind most of our social media efforts and blog posts, I’m now more directly involved in helping ensure the Arctic® brand delivers all the things that are most important to our fellow apple-lovers. I’ll be sharing my thoughts, plus news and other developments about the Arctic® brand every few weeks as we close in on commercial availability.  At OSF, our team is made up of people who are passionate about innovation, agriculture, and food that is both healthy and of the highest
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Cycling for salads in schools

I have always loved my bicycle. It’s true! Whether my first tricycle or my fancy metallic purple Schwinn complete with a glittered banana seat and purple streamers! Today I have the good fortune to ride a bicycle with a few more gears and gizmos, but the thrill of going up (yes, up) or down hills hasn’t changed for me. When I was a teenager, and most of my friends were in a hurry for their license, I wasn’t. I already went pretty much everywhere on my bicycle. In college, I didn’t have a car, and in grad school, I couldn’t afford
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Moms’ thoughts on fruits & veggies

The Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation promotes fruit and vegetable consumption to better the health of Americans. PBH conducts annual surveys to better understand habits surrounding and attitudes towards fruit and vegetable consumption in America. Their latest research gives insight into what Moms’ think and feel about fruit and vegetable consumption, comparing data collected from 2007-2015. Highlights include the best methods of communicating to Moms, the support Moms feel they need most to improve their family’s fruit and vegetable consumption, and, something we know a bit about, the importance of maximizing convenient produce options. We invite you to check
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Boosting produce consumption on both sides of the border

For the produce industry – including our team at Okanagan Specialty Fruits® – advocating for eating more fruits and veggies isn’t just a 9 to 5 job, it’s a lifestyle. It’s something that we’re passionate about all day, every day. And, we can accomplish amazing things by working together! This week, we’re feeling especially optimistic about the positive impact we can collectively make, thanks to two amazing events. One is the Produce For Better Health (PBH) Foundation’s Annual Meeting: The Consumer Connection, which finished last week in Arizona. And now we’re enjoying the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s (CPMA) Annual Convention
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Welcoming the newest members of our science team

We are excited to introduce you to our newest members of the science team! Aruna Wickramarathna joined us as an Assistant Scientist in November, and Jordan Hannah became our lab technician earlier this month. Aruna is our man with the plan when it comes to applying advanced technology to improve tree fruits. Aruna grew up in Sri Lanka before moving to Canada in the middle of winter for post graduate studies; he describes the 28⁰C change in temperature as a shock, to say the least! He has worked in molecular biology for 13 years and loves that science gives him
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Dr Christine Rosenbloom shares her thoughts on GM foods

These days, there are lots of different opinions about food, and all these ideas can make for a confusing trip to the grocery store! Dr Christine Rosenbloom often sees this first hand, so she wrote a blog about what she as a Dietician wishes her friends knew about GM foods. Dr Christine Rosenbloom is a nutrition professor emerita at Georgia State University. She has a PhD, is a Registered Dietician and a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics. You can contact and learn more about Chris on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.   Her latest post explores important points such as:
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What do consumers think about biotech & the Arctic® apple?

For the first time, OSF’s distinctly nonbrowning Arctic® apples will be test marketed in select locations in fall 2016. This educational webinar by Jennifer Armen, hosted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, is based on recent qualitative and quantitative consumer research. Jennifer shares current perceptions of biotech and Arctic® apples, what it takes to gain consumer acceptance, and why benefits are an important part of the discussion when it comes to helpful applications of biotechnology. Jennifer also answers questions, and explains how Arctic® apples are able to better maintain their natural color when sliced, bruised or bitten! Click here
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Jessica Brady joins our growing team!

Hi, I’m Jessica Brady, I recently became a part of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ marketing and communications team. I hope you will join me in sharing the Arctic® apple story. And if you have any neat apple recipes, I’d love to hear about them. You can reach me by email, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our recipe ideas on Instagram and Pinterest too. So why am I excited about Arctic® apples? It started with my love of baking! You see, as I’m writing this, I’m looking out my window at 2 feet of deep snow. And one of my favorite
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