Food Waste vs. Plastic Waste

One of our main goals with nonbrowning Arctic® apples is to reduce food waste, but with our first product being fresh slices of Arctic® Goldens in 10oz bags, we’ve heard some consumers wonder what that means for plastic waste. There is certainly a lot of interest from both the public and the food industry in not just growing food sustainably, but maximizing sustainability throughout the supply chain. And, while we’ve focused most of our communication efforts on how Arctic® apples can help reduce apple wastage, especially considering they are among the most wasted foods on the planet, we are committed
Read More

Education Collaboration Benefits Produce Industry & Consumers

In the produce industry, as with nearly any industry, differentiating your company’s brand and products is a major key for success. The produce industry is perhaps a little behind the curve on this, since fruits and vegetables have historically been sold with very little packaging, and therefore few branding/differentiation opportunities were possible. That has now changed, and there are some growing pains that the industry must address for the sake of consumers, and our industry as a whole. Consumers have become more interested in their food and how it’s produced than ever before, and are also searching for healthy, convenient
Read More

Arctic® Goldens feature SmartLabel™ QR code

One of the most difficult decisions our team at Okanagan Specialty Fruits™ has had to make when introducing Arctic® apples into the market has been “how can we best communicate with consumers about the science and benefits behind our nonbrowning apples?” Do we include a generic GMO label? Do we try to squeeze a few sentences about our biotech approach on the packaging? Something else? There is no clear-cut answer, especially since consumers will differ in how they prefer to learn about the foods they buy. However, there are a few considerations that we felt were important in evaluating our
Read More

Arctic® apples preview launch at Fresh Summit 2017

Every year, one of the events the Arctic® apples team anticipates most is the preeminent produce industry event of the year – Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo – and this year was no exception! With our first nonbrowning variety, Arctic® Goldens, hitting stores in early November as fresh preservative-free slices, the timing for this show couldn’t be better. We handed out hundreds of delicious apple slices to attendees, participated in the Fresh Ideas Showcase, showed off the packaging Arctic® Goldens will first hit stores in, and previewed our next variety projected to hit stores – Arctic® Granny! That’s
Read More

Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring: Laboratory Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Laboratory Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivation Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the direct supervision of the Research Scientist
Read More

Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring: Plant Tissue Culture Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Plant Tissue Culture Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivation Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the direct supervision of the
Read More

Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring a Transformation & Regeneration Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Transformation and Regeneration Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivar Development Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In coordination with several additional
Read More

We’re hiring: Digital 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 Digital Marketing Specialist capable of enthusiastically and effectively communicating OSF’s personality and key messages, with a focus on online channels. This staff member will report to the company’s Communications
Read More

Arctic® apples team proud to sponsor Cycle the WAVE

This past weekend, the Arctic® apples team was proud to both sponsor and participate in the 10th annual Cycle the WAVE charity bike ride. One of our company’s platforms is community outreach and education and Cycle the WAVE has a similar platform by proactively reaching youth through education and empowerment, and successfully raises community awareness about domestic violence. The cause is promoted through an event that promotes physical health and empowerment – a women’s bike ride. Living a healthy lifestyle is something we feel passionate about at Okanagan Specialty Fruits and we are proud to support such an important cause.
Read More

Arctic® Goldens: A (fresh)cut above other snacks

Love snacking on fresh fruits and veggies? You’re far from alone with freshcut produce snacks now exceeding $1.1 billion in sales, according to a new Consumer Insights report from Nielsen. For healthy snackers, and products like Arctic® apples that offer an enticing combination of convenience and wholesomeness, the good news continues as the annual growth rate for the category has exceeded 10 percent each year from 2012 to present. As detailed by Food Business News, “fresh fruit is the stand-out winner” for the healthy snacking category, and their dollar share of on-the-go snacking produce category is now at 44 percent,
Read More