Showing foodservice what we’ve got

2019 was the first year I have had the opportunity to participate in the Produce Marketing Associations Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. This event features educational and networking opportunities, as well as dozens of exhibitors and for the first time Okanagan Specialty Fruits got to participate, showing off Arctic® apples. The move to foodservice may seem like an obvious one, Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning nature means that they look and taste great while cutting back on food waste and allowing for easy prep. Why then, did it take us several years to make that leap? The answer has less to do
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Just Keep Spinning: an apple grower’s mantra

I’m training for a bike ride. As a cyclist in Tour de Fresh my goal is to raise money for salad bars in schools. We’ll pedal 230 miles through California and climb nearly 10,000 feet. It’s a little intimidating because my training ground is flat Manitoba and the Canadian Prairies aren’t conducive to preparing me for those hills. During my recent visit to the Okanagan Specialty Fruits office, our founder Neal Carter asked me how it was going. I responded along the lines of “Okay, but there’s this big hill on day three of the ride…”, thinking of my Manitoba flats. Neal said
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On the road with Arctic® apples

Lately I have been living the jet-set lifestyle, hopping on planes to visit beautiful, exciting locales and meet with wonderful people! While I didn’t literally win the lottery, I kind of did in a work sense: I recently switched roles into the position of Stakeholder Outreach and Education. This role means I get to spend time talking to people at conferences and events, making face-to-face connections, i.e. hopping on planes to visit beautiful, exciting locales and meet with wonderful people! I recently had the opportunity to take part in two conferences: the Washington State Association of Nutrition and Dietetics Education
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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. honored with Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Industry Role Model Award

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc (OSF) was honored with a Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Industry Role Model award at the Produce for Better Health’s 2017 Annual Conference: The Consumer Connection held last week. This represents the third consecutive year of Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® recognition, with OSF’s designation as an Industry Champion in each of the previous two years. Jessica Brady of OSF accepted the award on behalf of the company, “Okanagan Specialty Fruits is proud to be a long-time supporter of Fruits and Veggies – More Matters, and we look forward
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Arctic® apples proud to empower healthy eating in schools

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – For Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the company behind nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, promoting healthy eating isn’t just a goal, it’s a passion. When Jennifer Armen, Director of Business Development & Marketing for OSF, was given the opportunity to help put salad bars in schools, she jumped at the chance. In July, Jenn took part in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Having both personal and professional ties to Idaho, Jenn chose to fundraise for a salad bar to be donated to
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Showing off at PMA FreshSummit

Last weekend we were in sunny Orlando for the PMA FreshSummit 2016, and had a blast! We love opportunities to show off the Arctic Advantage™ and this event was no different. Our booth displayed our newest infographic, lip balm swag, a mock up of our bags for test markets and, of course, samples of Arctic® Golden slices. Thanks to everyone who stopped by; we enjoyed talking to you about Arctic® apples and watching you enjoy a slice!   We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
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Arctic® Fuji Gains USDA Approval

  Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, the Arctic® Fuji, has been granted deregulated status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).  Arctic® Fuji apples have been found to be as safe and nutritious as conventional apples, joining OSF’s Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties. “The response to Arctic® Fuji apples and our overall platform to deliver direct benefits to consumers has been encouraging,” said Neal Carter, Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ founder and president.  “We are confident the positive feedback we have received will translate to the marketplace.” The approval follows
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