Arctic® fruit leather: Perfecting the purée

When people hear “nonbrowning apples” they think of, well, apples of course! However, the value of Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait extends far beyond whole, or even sliced apples – and one great example is Arctic® apple fruit leather. Even lovers of fruit leather will likely agree that they’re often not the most appealing color. Most are brownish hues that don’t exactly scream “eat me!” and others may rely on artificial food colorings that attempt to mimic the fruits that are in them. Since Arctic® apples don’t brown, though, Arctic® apple leather retains its original color. The photo here demonstrates that
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It’s cut and dried: Arctic® apples are perfect!

We’ve talked a lot about Arctic® apples’ perfect suitability for the freshcut industry since they avoid the need for costly anti-browning treatments and offer consumers a more appealing product. And, the same is true for dried apples! Just as with fresh apples, whether whole or cut, oxidative browning is also a major issue for dried apples. Like freshcut apples, dried apple products require anti-browning treatments to help them maintain their color. While anti-browning solutions or in-home fruit juice applications can be used for short term prevention of browning in fresh apples, sulfite treatments are commonly used to prevent browning of
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Arctic® Apples: Good for Processors

When most people think of apples, they think of, well, an apple! However, over a third of apples grown in North America are processed into something other than a fresh apple. Chief among processed apple products is, not surprisingly, apple juice, which accounts over 40% of all processed apples. Processed apple products are becoming increasingly popular, with projected increases for juice and cider up 4%, canned up 11%, frozen up 29% and dried up 21%. Unfortunately, fresh sliced projections decreased, a topic explored in our last entry. The point is, there is a strong demand for processed apple products and
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