When Apple (and other) Trees Bloom

The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere can be a moving target. Too early and frost can be a risk factor, while a late spring can push the growing season. Whenever it arrives, fruit tree blossoms are always a welcome sight. Most of us look at an orchard and see a blanket of beautiful flowers. To the untrained eye it can be hard to differentiate the blooms of apricots from those of an apple or peach. Lucky for you, we can help. For those in the pacific northwest, here’s a guide to what fruit trees are blooming when. Fruit
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We’re Hiring: Director of Sales

  Title:              Director of Sales Location:       Summerland, BC Reports to:    Vice President Status:            Full-Time   Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is a dynamic company based in Summerland, BC, Canada that harnesses molecular breeding and biotechnology to develop new tree fruits that benefit consumers and producers alike. This position supports our constantly expanding range of activities, including commercialization of our nonbrowning Arctic® apples in both the US and Canada.   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
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We’re Hiring: Facility Operations Manager

      FACILITY OPERATIONS MANAGER Location: Royal City, WA Reports to: Director of Operations Status: Full-Time       Salary: Commensurate with Industry Standards and Experience       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 Facility Operations Manager will work closely with the Director of Operations to assess, plan, and facilitate the development of facility infrastructure, equipment, staffing, and operating structure for a centralized fruit receiving, storage, processing, packing, shipping facility located in Washington State. Additionally, this individual will be
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The Story of ApBitz™ Apple Snacks

There has never been a more interesting time than now to grow food. Technology provides farmers with tools to better manage risk and science offers possibilities to help answer challenges faced around the world. In the conversation of ‘how do we feed ourselves’, even us apple growers can heed the call. Apples are one of the most wasted foods in the fresh food supply chain, with up to 40% not making it to store shelves. Our nonbrowning Arctic® apples are one solution in finding a way to help reduce this number. What happens to apples that don’t make our fresh
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Modern Apple Growing

Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, making life easier and more convenient. Agriculture sees its share of these benefits but the true advantage is realized when we can find our way to a place where old and new meet in harmony. Apple growing has changed. Sprawling trees have been replaced by smaller, more productive ones in high-density orchards. Gone is water-wasting overhead irrigation in favor of more efficient drip systems. Through it all, a few things remain the same – sometimes getting a helping hand. Grafted, not seeded Apple seeds are a genetically creative group. If planted,
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We’re Hiring: Plant Transformation and Regeneration Technician

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Transformation and Regeneration Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivar Development Group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Manager and in coordination with other technicians, the successful candidate will be primarily involved in the development and optimization of transformation and regeneration protocols. These protocols will be used in the creation of transgenic lines of both currently used and future tree fruit varieties. The candidate will also work in conjunction with other laboratory staff and research scientists to drive projects forward to positive conclusions in a streamlined fashion. Deadline
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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. Appoints Vice President

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF), the developer of nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, announced the promotion of Jenn Armen to Vice President. Armen has been with OSF since 2010 in a multitude of capacities and has been overseeing business development and marketing activities for the company. “As OSF continues to grow at a rapid pace we felt it was necessary to expand the executive team, and Jenn has certainly proven herself to be an integral part of our company over the years,” states Neal Carter, President and Founder of OSF. “It’s extremely exciting to see the company grow
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Fresh Cut: the rise of meal prep kits

Convenience and healthy living haven’t always been fast friends. As we seek better work/life balance, we look for more ways to streamline our lives. Whether it’s cooking at home without the prep or grabbing a pre-sliced snack, fresh cut is on the rise. Meal prep or cook-ready meal kits is a movement that’s shaking up our ideas of fast food. Answering the call for convenience while aiming for healthier and more quality foods, prepared meal kits ready for your range or oven are taking up more shelf space at stores in exchange for you saving more time. The Meal Kit
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We’re hiring: Marketing Specialist

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 nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties (www.arcticapples.com) in both the US and Canada.   Job Description With OSF’s flagship brand, Arctic® apples, becoming commercially available to consumers, we are seeking a seasoned Marketing Specialist capable of enthusiastically and effectively managing marketing projects, championing the Arctic® brand and its key messages and supporting OSF’s organizational strategies. This staff member will
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An Arctic®Hat Trick: golden, granny, and FUJI

Just recently we received approval from Canadian government regulatory authorities for another apple variety: the Arctic® Fuji. This means we now have three apples in the Arctic® family – which in hockey terms would be a hat trick. (we had to say it) With our fall 2017 inaugural launch of Arctic® Golden packaged slices in a handful of US locations we saw good response to our fresh, preservative-free packaged fruit. And since our Arctic® Fuji already has USDA approval, we thought it time to review how and when which Arctic® apple varieties will get from our house to yours. Because
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