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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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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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,
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Arctic® apple slices deliver unparalleled eating experience

As we shared on our blog last week, the first Arctic® apples will come to consumers as ready to eat, preservative free fresh apple slices – and with good reason! We’ve already highlighted Arctic® apples’ wholesome and ready to eat attributes; here we chew on how the nonbrowning advantage of Arctic® apple varieties enable preservative free slices to offer consumers an unparalleled eating experience. Preservative Free It’s great to be able to take part in a positive trend like healthy snacking, but what separates ready to eat Arctic® apple slices from what’s already on the market? A key advantage is
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First Arctic® apples product = wholesome, ready to eat slices

The very first nonbrowning Arctic® apple product we will be commercially launching is ready to eat Arctic® Golden slices in a 10oz bag. And, we can’t wait for consumers to enjoy our debut product! We know many consumers would prefer whole apples or some other product form, so why go with fresh, ready to eat slices?  We sure didn’t just make this decision on a whim! Fresh Apple Slices vs. Whole Fruit Regular readers of our blog will know that one of the motivations that spurred our founders, apple growers Neal and Louisa Carter, to develop nonbrowning apples was the
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Arctic® apples on trend for 2017

Earlier this month, we shared our refreshed Arctic® logo and how the first of our nonbrowning varieties – Arctic® Goldens – will be tested in U.S. stores this year. Well, according to the many articles highlighting hot trends for 2017, our timing couldn’t be better! While countless food industry trends have been identified, three standouts for 2017 are sustainability, health, and convenience. Sustainability Sustainability has been a hot button issue for a while, and this was crystallized in a recent headline from Food Navigator declaring “Nutrition experts predict sustainability ‘most important’ trend for 2017”. While it may seem surprising to see
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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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Previewing Arctic® apples’ PMA presence

Our whole Arctic® apple team looks forward to October all year long – and this fall is no different. Not only does it mark the end of apple harvest, we finally get to enjoy Arctic® Goldens and our other nonbrowning varieties and share them with others, including our friends in the produce industry! North America’s preeminent annual produce industry event – the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo – is kicking off this week from October 14-16th in Orlando, and we’ll not only have Arctic® apples for everyone to enjoy, but a few new surprises to share. While
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