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OSF breaks ground on Arctic apple processing facility

By Food in Canada Staff   

Business Operations Fruit & Vegetables British Columbia Editor pick Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ (OSF’s) parent company Third Security acquires 42.5 acres of land for development in Moses Lake, Wash. One of the parcels of land will include the construction of OSF’s centralized facility for receiving, storage, processing, packing, and shipping Arctic apple products. The project’s groundbreaking took place in September and is expected to be completed and operational in mid-2023.

“We have over 1,250 acres of Arctic apple trees currently planted in Washington State, and harvest yields are ramping up quickly as our orchards come into full bearing,” said Neal Carter, president of OSF. “With our continued growth, it makes sense to have a facility closer to our orchards, so we can optimize efficiencies, quality, and minimize transportation. We can focus on ramping up our production capabilities and delivering superior quality product to our customers.”

The development will create approximately 60 local jobs for the community once the facility is up and running.

“This is a large-scale project that will require the use of many local vendors and service providers to bring it to fruition,” says Don Westcott, OSF’s senior VP. “As growers, we recognize the importance of strong roots. We look forward to establishing ours in the community of Moses Lake.”


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