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Crop Biotech Update

First Harvest of Arctic® Golden Apples Completed

October 12, 2016

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) announced that the first commercial harvest of its non-browning Arctic® Golden Apple variety has been completed. The healthy fruit from this inaugural harvest will be sold as fresh sliced apples in test markets across North America in early 2017.

Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits said, "We are pleased to see over 20 years of hard work and effort coming to fruition with this first commercial harvest of our Arctic® Golden variety. With growing industry and consumer interest in the advantages our solution brings, we eagerly anticipate seeing our freshly sliced apples in grocery stores, supermarkets, and kitchens across the United States and Canada."

OSF's Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Health Canada (HC). OSF also recently received deregulation of the Arctic® Fuji variety in the U.S. from USDA.

For more information, read the news release at the OSF website.