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 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 this
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Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives Canadian Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC). The CFIA and HC announced today that the Arctic® Fuji variety “did not pose a greater risk to human health than apples currently available on the Canadian market. In addition, Health Canada also concluded that the Arctic® Fuji apple would have no impact on allergies, and that there are no differences in the nutritional value of the Arctic® Fuji apple compared to other traditional apple varieties available for consumption”. Arctic® Fuji trees will join
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The Cellular Kitchen: science and sustainable food

Over the last two decades technology has advanced at a brisk pace. But tech is not the only place of rapid growth and development. Together, science and tech have a significant role in changing conversations around food and sustainability. We talked earlier about what it means to be sustainable. Aside from having recycling bins and a garden compost, sustainability for us includes looking for ways to mindfully grow the food supply while reducing food waste. Innovating. This is where science comes in. As an orchardist and bioresource engineer, Neal’s natural place to start was with apples. Arctic® apples answered a
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We’re hiring: Senior Finance and Accounting

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. We’re seeking a skilled individual to be responsible for Senior Finance and Accounting to strengthen our growing team (title TBD based on skill set). This position reports directly to the OSF president, Neal Carter. Interested? Review the job description below and apply by Friday, February 2 to
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2018: To a Sustainable and Healthy Planet

The start of a new year can bring with it a refocus on goals and a revisit of what’s important. Here at Okanagan Specialty Fruits Ltd. (OSF), one of our guiding principles is keeping true to our roots as we grow sustainable new ways of reducing food waste. What does being sustainable look like? From orchard irrigation to packaging choices, our commitment to a healthy earth is in every aspect of our work – starting with a simple apple. Nonbrowning Arctic® apples When Neal and Louisa began OSF in 1996, they started looking beyond the orchard and down the food
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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
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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
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