Grocery Giant Loblaw says “no plans to stock this product” – Update on GMO Arctic Apples

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Our audience of and on Facebook at has shown concern for the recent approval of the GMO Arctic apple in the United States.  We want to know what we are eating and therefore would like to know if something is genetically modified or not.  But with no current labelling laws in either Canada or the United States, it is hard for many to know if something is genetically modified.  And since apples are not only sold whole, they are sold in pies, baby food, snacks, yogurt and so on it would be hard to know if they are GM apples.  Therefore here at we decided to contact supermarkets in both The United States and Canada to ask them about what they are planning on doing with the GMO apple.  We asked if they will sell products that contain Arctic apples and if they do, if it will labeled in anyway to let the consumer know.  The first major grocery chain to reply to us was Loblaw.  They have 1,050 grocery stores, making it one of the biggest food retailers in Canada.  Currently the Arctic apple is not approved in Canada but it is great to know if large supermarkets will sell them if they are approved.  We received permission to post the email they sent to us, so here it is.


Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

We would like to assure you that products sold in our stores adhere to strict regulations for all food safety, sourcing and labeling requirements.

We recognize that our customers have diverse needs and preferences and we strive to offer a wide range of choices to meet those needs. This is why we are proud to offer Canada’s largest selection of organic products, which includes a wide range of fresh and grocery products under the PC Organics line.

However, we currently do not have Arctic Apples listed as one of our products, and do not have plans to stock this product.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Priya (Last Name has been removed)

Sr. Customer Service Representative

Loblaw Companies Limited |1 President’s Choice Circle |Brampton ONT, L6Y 5S5

UPDATE: See what the other large grocery stores said about selling the Arctic Apple here. 

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