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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Successful launch for new Arctic ApBitz™ dried apple snacks

Summerland, B.C., Canada – To say Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) latest product has been extremely well received might just be an understatement. Following their debut to U.S. consumers this March on Amazon.com, Arctic ApBitz™ dried apples quickly became the number one new release in both the snack and dried fruit categories. The dried apples have been designated as an “Amazon’s Choice” product thanks to their rave reviews and highest rating in Amazon.com’s dried apple category. ApBitz™ dried apples are made 100% from Arctic® Golden apples – the first Arctic® apple variety that doesn’t brown when bitten, sliced, or bruised –
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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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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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Don Westcott joins Okanagan Specialty Fruits as Director of Operations

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the developer of nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, today announced the hiring of Don Westcott, who joins the team as OSF’s Director of Operations. Effective May 15, 2017, Westcott, based in Summerland, BC, will assess, plan and facilitate the execution of the company’s orchard establishment and fruit production, in addition to supporting infrastructure and facility operations. Westcott comes to OSF with over twenty years of tree fruit industry experience, most recently with BC Tree Fruits Cooperative as their Director of Logistics, Planning, and Industry Relations. Prior to his tenure with BC Tree Fruits, Westcott
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Press Release: OSF adds Sales Manager, bolsters current team to support Arctic® apple launch

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – In preparation for the fall 2017 commercial launch of nonbrowning Arctic® apples, Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) has added produce industry veteran Jeanette De-Coninck-Hertzler as Sales Manager, and Denise Everett as Communications Specialist to their team. “With the commercial launch of nonbrowning Arctic® apples coming this fall, it is the perfect time to add highly-skilled individuals to our hard-working, innovative team,” according to OSF President Neal Carter, who projects OSF’s team will continue to rapidly grow over the coming years. Jeanette De-Coninck-Hertzler, who started with OSF on April 3rd, brings to OSF over 30 years of produce
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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. honored with Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Industry Role Model Award

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc (OSF) was honored with a Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Industry Role Model award at the Produce for Better Health’s 2017 Annual Conference: The Consumer Connection held last week. This represents the third consecutive year of Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® recognition, with OSF’s designation as an Industry Champion in each of the previous two years. Jessica Brady of OSF accepted the award on behalf of the company, “Okanagan Specialty Fruits is proud to be a long-time supporter of Fruits and Veggies – More Matters, and we look forward
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