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August 9, 2016
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Will Callis joined Bryant Christie Incorporated in July of 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. Will assists with writing and administering grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs.  He is also active in activity implementation and financial management.

Prior to joining BCI, Will worked as an agriculture market analyst for a global leader in precision agriculture equipment.  While there, he focused on international market size estimation and performance quantification.  He was also responsible for annual sales budget estimation and regional sales analysis.

Will graduated with honors from Colorado State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics with a concentration in natural resource economics.  He also holds a Master's degree from Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics. 

August 5, 2016
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Tye Blazey (Director of Sales, GlobalMRL.com) and Ann Stevenson (a manager in our Regulatory Data Services group) attended the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago in July.  The IFT Food Expo provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate BCI's data services to those most affected by the ever-growing volume and complexity of international regulations, including  professionals in Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs.

The Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) annual exhibition is the largest food science and technology event globally.  For more information about IFT please visit their website.

For information about BCI's databases, please visit GlobalMRL.com and Food Additives Database.

 

August 2, 2016
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On July 28 and 29th, Will Callis and Alicia Adler hosted Canadian media members for harvest tours in the California Central Valley.  The morning July 28th was spent first in a California Cling Peach orchard in Modesto, California where media members learned about the process that helps bring California Cling Peaches from bloom to when they are picked at the peak of ripeness and sent to the cannery.  The afternoon completed the peach processing cycle when the media members toured a peach and apricot cannery in Lodi, California where they tasted a variety of delicious products. 

Friday July 29th began with a tour of a California Bosc pear orchard in Walnut Grove, California.  There they learned about the proper technique used to pick a pear.  They then toured a nearby packing plant where they were treated to an impressive display of the speed and care that goes into packing fresh pears.  The day was completed at local restaurant where the media members were able to taste locally produced pear cider.

July 27, 2016
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As we reported last month, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, participated in Food Hospitality World (FHW) tradeshow in Bengaluru, India on behalf of the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC).

FoodLinked TV asked Alyson to say a few words at the FHW Bangalore tradeshow about CMC's participation. This was CMC's first round of India GBI culinary and mixology competitions, which also included a booth presence. Click here to view the video.

FHW is one of India's largest professional tradeshows for trade and consumers in the food & hospitality industry. Last year, the show witnessed about 6,000 visitors and showcased more than 250 exhibitors.

July 25, 2016
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Dexter Leland joined Bryant Christie Inc. in July 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. He assists members of the marketing team in preparation of export strategies, market research, client communications, and grant writing related to USDA export assistance programs.

Dexter graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chinese language. He has also studied abroad at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

July 25, 2016
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On July 22, David McCaleb gave a presentation at the Washington State Wine Commission's International Export Seminar.  The seminar was held at South Seattle College's Northwest Wine Academy.  Approximately 20 winery representatives were in attendance. 

Mr. McCaleb spoke on market support for exporting wineries, including working with U.S. embassies and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

July 20, 2016
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Bruce Pinto recently joined Bryant Christie Inc. as a Manager of Database Development, and is responsible for the architecture, development and maintenance of BCI database systems.

Prior to joining the firm, Bruce was a Database Engineer for Enprecis, an international research and analytics company for the automotive industry. At Enprecis, Bruce led the migration effort of multiple OEM tracking systems into a consolidated database providing for a more stable code base and improved functionality across all vendors for sending and managing emails, SMS, and postcards.  He is well versed in database development, administration, warehousing and architecture.

Bruce is an engineering graduate of UC Davis and has an MBA from the University of Washington.

July 5, 2016
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Prior to heading out for the Independence Day long weekend, BCI's Seattle staff enjoyed lunch and a quick boat trip.  The team traveled by water taxi over to West Seattle for lunch on the pier at Marination.  Coats were still needed though.  It was only July 1 in Seattle after all. 

July 5, 2016
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On June 29, David McCaleb gave a presentation at the Washington Beverage Export Summit.  The summit was held at McMenamin's Anderson School in Bothell, and was organized by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  Approximately 25 representatives from wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries were in attendance.  Mr. McCaleb spoke on regulatory requirements that are relevant for alcohol beverage exporters.

June 14, 2016
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From June 9-11, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, participated in Food Hospitality World (FHW) tradeshow in Bengaluru, India on behalf of the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC). CMC implemented their first ingredient and mixology competitions in India at FHW where participants were challenged to present unique recipes utilizing U.S. cranberries and other premium U.S. agricultural products. The special event was organized in association with the South India Culinary Association (SICA), with competitions featuring 55 recognized hotel chefs and mixologists showcasing their exemplary skills.

CMC also exhibited at a joint booth where samples were distributed and Alyson provided information to trade and media on the taste, versatility, availability, and health benefits of U.S. cranberry products. Mr. Adam Branson, Senior Agricultural Attaché for Agricultural Affairs of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, inaugurated the show.

FHW is one of India's largest professional tradeshows for trade and consumers in the food & hospitality industry. Last year, the show witnessed about 6,000 visitors and showcased more than 250 exhibitors.

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