Okanagan Specialty Fruits Unveils Advanced Apple Processing Marvel in Moses Lake

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Mon. October 16th, 2023 - by ANUK Staff

MOSES LAKE, WA - The heart of Washington State's apple country witnessed a historic moment on September 27 as Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the creators of Arctic® apples, unveiled it’s groundbreaking, state-of-the-art apple processing facility in Moses Lake, Washington.

This remarkable 110,000-square-foot facility is not just a building; it's a testament to the future of apple processing. With the power to process more than 50 million pounds of apples per year thanks to cutting-edge technology and visionary design, OSF has ushered in a new era for the industry.

Adjacent to this technological marvel, a controlled-atmosphere storage facility is rapidly taking shape, set to be completed in early 2024. Once fully built, the company can store, process, and pack more than 100,000 bins of Arctic apples. The campus is located 30 minutes from OSF's Arctic apple orchards.

Neal Carter, Founder and President, Okanagan Specialty Fruits"We've redefined what it means to process apples in North America," beams Neal Carter, the Founder and President of OSF. "Our Moses Lake facility is a game-changer in efficiency and bringing us closer to our orchards. When the Controlled Atmosphere facility is finished, every step from the orchard to the package of Arctic apples will happen right here."

The grand opening of this visionary facility attracted more than 150 industry luminaries, local dignitaries, and esteemed guests, all eager to witness a revolution in motion. Attendees were treated to tours of the facility and a visit to OSF's nearby Arctic apple orchards. OSF employees were on hand, providing insight into the facility's modern design and answering questions from intrigued guests.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the creators of Arctic® apples, unveiled its state-of-the-art apple processing facility in Moses Lake, Washington

The facility, strategically located within the new Moses Lake Commerce Center adjacent to Grant County International Airport, is expected to employ over 100 individuals initially, potentially expanding its workforce as technology and demand continue to play a pivotal role. These employees will work seamlessly with advanced technology, guiding apples from bin to bag with a level of precision and care that's truly unprecedented.

Don Westcott, Senior Vice President, Okanagan Specialty Fruits"We are unwavering in our commitment to delivering the finest product while maintaining the highest standards of employee and food safety," emphasizes Don Westcott, Senior Vice President at Okanagan Specialty Fruits. "We are excited to be part of the Moses Lake Community."

Okanagan Specialty Fruits' 1,250 acres of Washington-grown Arctic Fuji, Arctic Golden, and Arctic Granny apples are fueling this marvel. Arctic Gala will be the next variety for the company, followed by Arctic Honey and Arctic Pink. What sets Arctic apples apart is their remarkable ability to stay orchard-fresh for up to 28 days, making them a favorite in schools, restaurants, convenience stores, and retail outlets alike.

The grand opening of this visionary facility attracted more than 150 industry luminaries, local dignitaries, and esteemed guests

As one of America's most beloved fruits, apples have found a fresh, exciting twist with pre-sliced Arctic apples. According to Rebecca Catlett, Director of Marketing and Communications at OSF, these innovative slices are revolutionizing the industry.

Rebecca Catlett, Director of Marketing and Communications, Okanagan Specialty Fruits"For the first time, restaurateurs, schools, and more can eliminate the hassle, risks, and labor costs of on-site slicing, all without compromising flavor and quality," Catlett enthuses. "With Arctic apple slices staying fresh after slicing, they're a game-changer for both foodservice professionals and their customers."

To catch an exclusive glimpse of the revolutionary Okanagan Specialty Fruits processing facility in action, don't miss the video tour at the company's booth #381 during the International Fresh Produce Association's (IFPA) Global Produce & Floral Show (GPFS) in Anaheim, CA, October 19–21, 2023.

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