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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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® apples proud to empower healthy eating in schools

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – For Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the company behind nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, promoting healthy eating isn’t just a goal, it’s a passion. When Jennifer Armen, Director of Business Development & Marketing for OSF, was given the opportunity to help put salad bars in schools, she jumped at the chance. In July, Jenn took part in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Having both personal and professional ties to Idaho, Jenn chose to fundraise for a salad bar to be donated to
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Press Release: USDA APHIS – Second Arctic® apple comment opportunity

Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted their Environmental Assessment (EA) and Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) for Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, two nonbrowning varieties that have been produced through biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF). The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is now seeking public comments on these two documents, which can be viewed in full on APHIS’ website. During this 30-day public comment period, citizens are encouraged to submit to USDA APHIS their input on this regulatory assessment of these two Arctic® apple varieties. This is the
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