Press Release: Intrexon to Acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits

GERMANTOWN, MD and SUMMERLAND, B.C., February 27, 2015 – Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF), the pioneering agricultural company behind the Arctic® apple, the world’s first non-browning apple. Through the acquisition, Intrexon expands its food programs to include trees yielding fruit that is more appetizing and convenient for consumers while providing economic benefit throughout the tree fruit supply chain. “We are committed to bringing better versions of consumers’ favourite fruits to their grocery stores and kitchens, while addressing additional novel traits in tree fruits
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Health & convenience: A Millennial merger

Consumers are increasingly on the lookout for healthy foods, especially healthy foods that also happen to be convenient. So, why are arguably the most convenient locations to grab food – convenience stores themselves – typically associated with junk food? Well, convenience store owners have been asking the same question and have concluded there’s no reason that trend should continue, which is great news for everyone! Food Navigator recently reported on the results of new market research from Technomic in an article titled, “Convenience stores emerge as health food destination”. These results are quite eye-opening, and Technomic explains that “a lot
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U.S. to deregulate Arctic® apples!

Okanagan Specialty Fruits is thrilled to share big news – the first nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties are about to be deregulated in the United States! This milestone is nearly two decades in the making, as Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples represent OSF’s first products since our inception in 1996. We could not have achieved this without our small-but-mighty, grower-led team and all our supporters in the agriculture and biotech industries. And, of course, all the consumers who told us they can’t wait for nonbrowning apples! Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS)
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Press Release: Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples To Be Granted Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its decision to deregulate the first two nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, in the United States. It is expected that APHIS’ final environmental assessment (EA) and plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) will be published in the Federal Register soon. According to the USDA’s announcement, these reviews have found that Arctic® apples “are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk” and deregulation “is not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment.” These Arctic apple cultivars were developed
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PBH announces OSF as a 2014 Industry Champion

We are very pleased to share that the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has named Okanagan Specialty Fruits one of its “Fruits & Veggies—More Matters” Industry Champions for 2014! We at OSF are humbled by this honor and the excellent company we share the title with, and are proud to help support PBH in their crucial goal of increasing produce consumption, especially among children. The official press release announcing the news has been shared by produce industry media outlets and can be viewed in full right here. For those that aren’t familiar with PBH, they are a nonprofit whose
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Joel Carter: To earn a harvest boon, you must winter prune

It may surprise many to learn that winter is a very busy time of the year for orchardists. While our trees aren’t growing, the irrigation isn’t running, and we can’t break ground to plant trees, we have perhaps the single largest job of any successful orchard – winter pruning. When apple trees are dormant, orchardists have the opportunity to manage everything from crop load, fruit size, and tree vigor, to correcting tree posture. We do this through carefully cutting the trees during winter pruning. Amongst apple growers, pruning is a form of art. It isn’t something that can be simply
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