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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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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GMO communication (Part 1): The juice is worth the squeeze

Over fifteen years before the first nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety was even approved in the U.S. and Canada, my family and I received a rude awakening regarding how big a challenge we had gotten ourselves into. Activists angry about the development of GMO apples had hacked over 650 of our young apple trees down. These particular trees weren’t even genetically engineered, but the activists either didn’t realize or simply didn’t care! Being involved in agriculture for over three decades, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected from the weather, pests and even people. And, while I’m happy to say the attack
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Arctic® Fuji Gains USDA Approval

  Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, the Arctic® Fuji, has been granted deregulated status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).  Arctic® Fuji apples have been found to be as safe and nutritious as conventional apples, joining OSF’s Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties. “The response to Arctic® Fuji apples and our overall platform to deliver direct benefits to consumers has been encouraging,” said Neal Carter, Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ founder and president.  “We are confident the positive feedback we have received will translate to the marketplace.” The approval follows
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Press Release: Arctic® Fuji apple one step closer to U.S. regulatory approval

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has publicly shared the final version of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) petition seeking regulatory approval for Arctic® Fuji apples, a nonbrowning variety produced through biotechnology. In an announcement published August 10, 2016, USDA APHIS stated that they have reached a preliminary decision to extend their determination of nonregulated status to OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® Fuji variety. In addition to publishing OSF’s petition, APHIS has also shared their preliminary finding of no significant impact, and preliminary extended determination and plant pest risk assessment. USDA
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Being innovation-friendly: The risks of risk aversion

Retail Leader published an article earlier this year titled, “Is Your Organization Innovation-Friendly?”, raising a point well worth exploring: while most business leaders claim that innovation is a key part of their strategy, far too few actually practice what they preach. Just about everyone loves the idea of innovation and staying ahead of the curve, but the problem with innovative ideas is that sometimes they fail, and most people are risk-averse by nature. Many prefer to play it safe rather than taking risks on new products or strategies. And, many companies and individuals later rue that mindset. When it comes
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Snapping the habit of snap judgments

The first quarter or 2015 may have just ended, but it’s one that won’t soon be forgotten by OSF. In the wake of the USDA’s approval of Arctic® apples and our company’s acquisition by Intrexon in February, the milestones kept coming with Canadian and FDA approval on March 20. For a small team like ours, getting so much attention – including from major media outlets like WSJ, NY Times & Globe and Mail – was nothing short of overwhelming. It’s truly been an amazing couple of months, and you wouldn’t believe the number of growers who want to plant, retailers
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Apple industry embracing innovation to boost consumption

For the North American apple industry, there’s no bigger month in the year than October. Most growers get to enjoy the conclusion off harvest (and the 14 hour workdays that go along with it!) and consumers get to enjoy the freshest apples of the year. While “National Apple Month” is now behind us, there’s a great sense of optimism and energy in the industry, and plenty of good reason for it. After decades of flat-to-declining apple consumption in the U.S., there’s been a small boost in apple consumption over the past couple years, which is especially important as the number
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Canadian Food Insights highlights OSF’s transparency, innovation

As nonbrowning Arctic® apples approach deregulation, both the food and biotech industries are closely watching with interest. The potential of Arctic® apples to boost apple consumption has received wide notice, and so has Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ commitment to open communication and transparency. Both of these topics are heavily featured in a comprehensive Arctic apple article, written by Lindsay Grummett, in Canadian Food Insights Magazine’s recent spring issue. And, don’t miss our advertorial in this edition! 
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