Welcome to the afternoon roundup! If it happened in food today, it's news to us. Here are a few stories that have caught our attention.

GMOs: Two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they’re bruised or sliced are coming to your local grocery store. Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny Smith apples are being developed by a Canadian company and are expected to be available in late 2016 for consumers.

Big Chocolate: Nestle USA announced that it will remove artificial flavors and colors from all of its chocolate candy by the end of the year. Affected brands include Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Raisinets, Goobers, Sno Caps and 100 Grand — expect to see the artificial-free products on shelves starting in mid-2015.

Diets: “Permissive” dietary plans that include focusing on increasing fiber may produce more beneficial effects on weight loss than “restrictive” plans. According to a new study, a group of obese adults encountered similar results after following each of these weight-loss plans.

Wine Events: The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers takes place today, February 17, through Friday, February 20, in Napa Valley. Focusing on the craft of writing, career advancement and wine knowledge, the four-day event draws top wine-book authors and editors, wine-magazine writers and critics, newspaper wine columnists, bloggers and other editorial wine-content creators.

Food Festivals: South Beach Wine & Food Festival is taking place this weekend, and tickets are still available to many events. Check out a last-minute guide to some of the weekend’s most sought-after dinners and demonstrations. We’ve got our eyes on the “Nashville on Fire Dinner.”