We’re Hiring: Research Scientist

Title:                                  Research Scientist Location:                           Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Reports to:                         Research Director Status:                                 Full Time         MISSION STATEMENT Leading the market with Arctic® branded fruit products that consistently deliver exceptional eating experience to consumers through transparent stakeholder outreach, communication and innovative science. POSITION SUMMARY The Research Scientist is highly motivated and multi-disciplined with exceptional molecular biology and analytical skills. The Research Scientist is responsible for project planning as well as development and execution of experiments leading to the creation of novel traits in plants. This includes product conceptualization, vector design and construction, developing methodology for and executing molecular biology for improvement of plant
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We’re Hiring: Plant Transformation and Regeneration Specialist

Title:                    Plant Transformation and Regeneration Specialist Location:            Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Reports to:         Research Director Status:                 Full Time   MISSION STATEMENT Leading the market with Arctic® branded fruit products that consistently deliver exceptional eating experience to consumers through transparent stakeholder outreach, communication and innovative science. POSITION SUMMARY The Plant Transformation and Regeneration Specialist is highly motivated and multi-disciplined with exceptional tissue culture / transformations skills. The Plant Transformation and Regeneration Specialist is responsible for development and execution of tissue culture and transformation experiments leading to the creation of novel traits in plants. This includes development, optimization and execution of protocols for aspects of tissue culture, including
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We’re Growing: Manager of Industry Relations and Education

Location: Summerland, BC Reports to: Rebecca Catlett, Director of Marketing and Communications Status: Full-Time MISSION STATEMENT Leading the market with Arctic® branded fruit products that consistently deliver exceptional eating experience to consumers through transparent stakeholder outreach, communication and innovative science. POSITION SUMMARY The Manager, Industry Relations and Education (MIRE) position ensures that the value of Arctic® apples as a product and brand is recognized throughout the industry and with all stakeholders. The purpose of this position is to spearhead activities to deepen OSF’s relationships and foster meaningful interactions with stakeholders through education and advocacy related to Arctic® apples and biotechnology.
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Putting the tech in biotech

By now you may be quite familiar with the nonbrowning trait in Arctic® apples, and hopefully have had the chance to taste the orchard-freshness of our apples for yourself. The biotechnology behind our apples benefits the entire supply chain and helps ensure fewer apples are wasted and more apples get tasted. What you may not realize, however, is the technology that goes into growing Arctic apples. Okanagan Specialty Fruits® is a vertically integrated company. As proud as we are of the science behind our apples, we are equally proud of our state-of-the-art orchards and the care that goes into growing
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We’re Growing: Production Scheduling Coordinator

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company based in Summerland, BC, Canada that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. This position supports our constantly expanding range of activities, including the commercialization of our non-browning Arctic® apple varieties (www.arcticapples.com) in both the US and Canada. Job Description The Production Scheduling Coordinator is a professional, self-motivated individual that will be responsible for scheduling Arctic® apple processing, packing, and inventory control of raw product, finished product, and packaging materials. Additionally, the successful candidate will be responsible for producing reports to track inventory against
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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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Fresh Arctic® Apple Slices – Launching into Foodservice Markets This Fall

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) introduced nonbrowning Arctic® apple fresh slices to a receptive foodservice industry at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) recent Foodservice Show in Monterey, California. “It was exciting for us to exhibit at the PMA Foodservice show for the first time and to give attendees the opportunity to experience the orchard freshness of Arctic® Golden fresh slices,” said J.F. Gamelin, Director of Sales for OSF. “Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait offers a key benefit to the food service industry – including less prep, less waste and better taste.” Developed through bioengineering, Arctic® apples fresh slices
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Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives FDA Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) newest nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, completed the voluntary review process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Arctic® Fuji’s are the third apple variety OSF has been approved to grow, along with Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples that previously received regulatory approval in 2015. “Completion of this FDA review is important news for our company as it marks the last step needed for Arctic® Fuji to officially join our commercial orchards,” explained Neal Carter, President of OSF. “We get a lot of feedback from people about what Arctic® variety
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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. Honored with Role Model Award

Summerland, B.C., Canada – For the fifth consecutive year, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) is being honored with the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Industry Role Model award. The award recognizes initiatives that help promote fruit and vegetable consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Fruit & Veggies – More Matters® program is managed by Produce for Better Health (PBH) and the award was presented during their annual Consumer Connection conference on April 23rd in Scottsdale, AZ. “Healthy eating is a key initiative for our company and our industry. We are proud to be contributing to this cause and
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Arctic ApBitz™ snacks back on Amazon with newest variety

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits™ (OSF), the developer of nonbrowning Arctic® apples, have released this season’s crop of Arctic ApBitz™ dried apple snacks on Amazon. Last March the dried apple snacks were made available to U.S. consumers for the first time with overwhelming sell-out success and securing a 4.7 out of 5 rating. “We’ve been rapidly planting more trees in order to increase our fruit supply and expand retail availability but, in the meantime, we decided to make Arctic ApBitz™ dried apples available online via Amazon.com so that everyone in the U.S. would have access to our crunchable ApBitz™
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