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GM apple company picks vice president

A key scientist in the Canadian company that developed genetically modified apples has been promoted to vice president.

Published on March 6, 2018 9:22AM

Jennifer Armen, OSF vice president

Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Jennifer Armen, OSF vice president

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., developer of the genetically modified, non-browning Arctic apples, has promoted a top employee to company vice president.

Jenn Armen, a botanist, mycologist and plant pathologist who has been with OSF since 2010, will strengthen the company’s executive team, which is needed given rapid growth, said Neal Carter, OSF founder and president.

Armen has worked in the specialty crop arena for 30 years and developed the first commercial biological control product for postharvest. She received attention from the entire supply chain about the value of genetics in her work in vegetable seeds.

At OSF, she has overseen business development and marketing and was an integral part of the commercialization of Arctic Golden Delicious apples in select U.S. supermarkets this past fall, Carter said.

OSF launched commercial sales Nov. 1 of 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of Arctic Golden slices in about 70 stores under three retail banners across the Midwest and in the Southeast.

The company is planning to add Arctic Fuji and Granny Smith slices and is working on a new product yet to be announced.

— Dan Wheat


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