When will Arctic® apples be in stores?

As we harvest this year’s crop of Arctic® apples from trees planted in Washington and New York State over a decade ago, we’ve had lots of eager consumers ask “When the heck are we actually going to be able to buy them?!?” Well believe us; we’re as anxious as you are! When it comes to the rigorous deregulation process, it’s tough to provide exact dates, though we’ve been given every indication that Arctic apples will be officially approved for deregulation in both Canada and the U.S. within the next 6 months (likely sooner!).  While we wish that meant we’d be
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U.S. apple industry: Producing more with less

We’ve talked before about how apple consumption has been flat to declining in recent years, but did you know that overall apple bearing acreage of apples has been falling as well? Bearing acreage refers to the amount of land used to produce apples, and as you can see from the graph below, there has been a significant decline over the past decade. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, between 2000 and 2010, bearing acreage decreased by nearly 100,000 acres to a total of ~346,000 acres – more than a 20% drop! This is particularly notable when considering
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The Promise of Biotechnology

Last month’s issue of Produce Business Magazine featured OSF’s own Director of Marketing & Sales, Jennifer Armen. In the publication’s “Voice of the Industry” section, Jennifer, a 30-year veteran in the specialty crops arena, discusses the success of biotech crops and the benefits they can offer the produce industry. Some of the article’s highlights include : Why ag-biotech is the fastest adopted crop technology in history  How we can overcome consumer resistance What kinds of biotech crops, particularly fruits and vegetables, are on the horizon The need for more education and outreach And, of course, OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® apples! You can
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