Food Product Design shares OSF guest post

A guest post from OSF president Neal Carter was shared today by Food Product Design via their “Trending Foods” blog, which “examines the latest news, market trends, surveys and stats that are helping shape the food industry”. In the post, Neal overviews the rigorous development and review process for biotech foods, and highlights some of the key benefits and applications of nonbrowning Arctic® apples – we hope you’ll check out the full post right here!
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Arctic® apples: Makes slicing more enticing

It’s easy to see why Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait makes them extremely well-suited for products like sliced, diced, and quartered apples, but is the freshcut market really a big deal? How big is the freshcut market anyway and what’s its projection? A summary of a recent report from the Produce Marketing Association, explains that “the U.S. freshcut fruit and vegetable market is one of the fastest growing (market) segments” and “is an estimated $27 billion market.” It emphasized that strong growth is expected to continue for freshcut products as consumer demand for convenience and “healthier grab-and-go” snack options continue to
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Earth Day & the future of produce waste

Another Earth Day is upon us, which brings into sharper focus the global agricultural challenges we face and the potential solutions to address them. In recent years, one of the hottest topics has been how we can curb the sky-high amount of global food waste. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that roughly one third of food produced globally is wasted each year (1.3 billion tonnes), with consumers in rich countries wasting nearly as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa! It’s a massive problem with no single solution, but the most wasted foods in affluent
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Apple industry leaders can’t wait for Arctic® apples

After a decade of real-world experience in field trials, Arctic® apples are quickly approaching deregulation in the U.S. and Canada. And, while we’ve previously covered some of our consumer research showing that the majority of apple eaters can’t wait to enjoy nonbrowning apples, we also asked a number of industry leaders for their thoughts. As you can see for yourself below, they can’t wait either! From November 2006 to February 2007, we had a third party communications company conduct 40 in-depth interviews with leading members in the North American apple industry. Those interviewed included growers, packers, processors and more. All
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Competing for stomach space

Karl Haro von Mogel, the chair of Biofortified, recently shared a video of his interview with OSF president Neal Carter from BIO 2013 as well as some interesting thoughts on our nonbrowning Arctic® apples. One of the topics they discussed is the competition for stomach space apples have with junk food like candy bars or chips. Especially notable in the wake of Halloween, we see it’s often easier for consumers to grab bite-sized, packaged snacks rather than grabbing a whole apple. However, that could quickly change with the convenience and freshcut suitability of Arctic apples. You can watch the full
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Arctic® apples provide foodservice market opportunities

A recent report from USDA’s Economic Research Service found that food prepared and consumed away from home “accounted for 42 percent of American household’s food budgets and 32 percent of calorie intake during 2005-08.” Convenience foods are more often associated with high-calorie snacks and fast food products than fruits and vegetables. However, as obesity rates continue to rise, this trend is changing. Healthy, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables are a big part of the solution and foodservice applications for produce items such as avocadoes have proven incredibly successful. By “extending fresh…avocado awareness and generating new menu applications” national and regional promotions
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Ag-West Bio: Arctic® apples reduce food waste, offer market options

We are very pleased to share a recent article by the President & CEO of Ag-West Bio, Dr. Wilf Keller, titled “Okanagan Specialty Fruits technology reduces food waste, offers market options”. Ag-West Bio is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that aims to act as a catalyst for Saskatchewan’s bioeconomy and grow the province’s life science sector. Their President, Dr Wilf Keller, has a doctoral degree with specialization in Crop Science and is a well-regarded expert in the field of biotechnology.   We encourage you to click here to view this article in full on Ag-West Bio’s official website, and hope you
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