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 have a 28-day shelf life, compared to the 18-21 day industry average. According to the company, Arctic® apples also maintain their orchard-fresh taste longer.
Jessica Brady in OSF's booth at the recent PMA Foodservice Expo.
“For the first time, this year’s anticipated Arctic® apple crop volume will support expanding into foodservice,” explains Neal Carter, President of OSF. “We’ve been extremely busy planting in the orchards. We expect to have an estimated 8 million pounds of Arctic® apples for the 2019-2020 season and plan to continue to increase availability in coming years.”
The company plans to make freshly sliced Arctic® apples available to foodservice customers in 40 oz. bags of both Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties, along with a 100 count case of 2 oz. packages. OSF expects to continue the expansion of retail availability of Arctic® apples this fall.