Just Keep Spinning: an apple grower’s mantra

I’m training for a bike ride. As a cyclist in Tour de Fresh my goal is to raise money for salad bars in schools. We’ll pedal 230 miles through California and climb nearly 10,000 feet. It’s a little intimidating because my training ground is flat Manitoba and the Canadian Prairies aren’t conducive to preparing me for those hills. During my recent visit to the Okanagan Specialty Fruits office, our founder Neal Carter asked me how it was going. I responded along the lines of “Okay, but there’s this big hill on day three of the ride…”, thinking of my Manitoba flats. Neal said
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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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Carters at core of Arctic® brand

To those familiar with OSF’s journey to bring Arctic® apples to market and for apple lovers who will soon get to enjoy Arctic® apples firsthand, it’s clear that the Carter family is at the core of the Arctic® brand! There’s no separating the Arctic® apple story from Neal and Louisa Carter, who not only founded Okanagan Specialty Fruits in 1996, but have been involved every step of the way since. With a bit of help from their kids, they brainstormed the Arctic® logo and name – landing on “Arctic® apples” because, like the snow-driven landscapes of the Arctic itself, nonbrowning
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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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MIT Tech Review: OSF is “Creating a Better Apple”

Yesterday, MIT Technology Review published an excellent article exploring the journey OSF and our fearless leader Neal Carter went through to achieve Arctic® apples’ approval. Author Antonio Regalado walks readers through the 18 years it took for Neal to bring truly nonbrowning apples from simply an innovative idea to where Arctic® apples are today. The unique experiences and challenges of accomplishing this tall task as a small, grower-led company are refreshingly well covered, so we hope you’ll check out the full article at the link above! And, for more great coverage of biotech crops from MIT Technology Review, check out
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OSF leaders deliver ag-biotech presentations

We are always happy to share information about our nonbrowning Arctic® apples and have had many great opportunities to do just that over the past couple months, including a couple recent highlights. One of our favorite ways to tell our story is through webinars, as they make it easy for many people to hear directly from us wherever convenient. And, it’s even better when webinar recordings are available to share, making them even more accessible! So, we’re pleased to share the recording of last week’s webinar on “GE Quality Traits” featuring OSF president Neal Carter. As part of their information
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OSF founders finalists for BIO Hero Contest!

OSF Founders Neal and Louisa Carter have been named finalists for an “Everyday Superheroes of Biotech” contest, and you can vote to support them now! Earlier this month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) chose Neal and Louisa as one of five finalists from a group of nominees representing the industry’s best and brightest “who are striving to heal, fuel, and feed the world through groundbreaking innovation.” We hope you’ll agree that Neal and Louisa’s commitment to developing value-added foods that benefit the whole supply chain, starting with nonbrowning Arctic® apples, makes them worthy of your vote in the Pharma/Biotech category!
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Press Release: Intrexon to Acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits

GERMANTOWN, MD and SUMMERLAND, B.C., February 27, 2015 – Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF), the pioneering agricultural company behind the Arctic® apple, the world’s first non-browning apple. Through the acquisition, Intrexon expands its food programs to include trees yielding fruit that is more appetizing and convenient for consumers while providing economic benefit throughout the tree fruit supply chain. “We are committed to bringing better versions of consumers’ favourite fruits to their grocery stores and kitchens, while addressing additional novel traits in tree fruits
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U.S. to deregulate Arctic® apples!

Okanagan Specialty Fruits is thrilled to share big news – the first nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties are about to be deregulated in the United States! This milestone is nearly two decades in the making, as Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples represent OSF’s first products since our inception in 1996. We could not have achieved this without our small-but-mighty, grower-led team and all our supporters in the agriculture and biotech industries. And, of course, all the consumers who told us they can’t wait for nonbrowning apples! Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS)
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