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June 6, 2016

On May 26th, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, attended the 7th Juiceful Istanbul Summit, sponsored by the Turkish Juice Industry Association (MEYED).  Over 145 key decision makers from the fruit juice industry participated, including representatives from 70 different organizations and institutions.

In addition to participating in the Summit, Alyson met with Turkish importers, distributors, and juice manufacturers during the week to discuss the Turkish market.  She also conducted retail visits to assess opportunities within the juice and dried fruit categories.

May 17, 2016

BCI President James Christie was in Washington, DC during the week of May 9th to meet with congressional leaders and trade officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  James was working on tariff and non-tariff barriers facing BCI clients with a focus on food and agricultural issues.  The future of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement was a key topic of the discussions.


James is pictured with Congressman John Garamendi, representing California's 3rd District.

May 6, 2016

Julie Cerenzia, Ph.D. joined our firm in April 2016 as our Director of Research and Information Services.

Prior to joining BCI, Julie founded a management consulting firm.  Her firm provided research, analysis, strategic planning, and advisory services to Montana businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.  

Before opening her business, Julie had a ten year career in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She worked in various positions within the International Trade Administration, coordinating U.S. government advocacy for U.S. firms; providing subject matter expertise on international finance and investment; serving as the Department's liaison to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); and working closely with the Project Finance division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).  Julie began her career with the Montana Department of Commerce, managing international tourism promotion for the state, and served briefly as the Assistant International Affairs Coordinator for the Governor of Montana.

Julie holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University.  She has lived in Italy, Scotland, and England, and studied briefly in Germany.



May 5, 2016

On April 28, 2016, BCI president James Christie visited AGQ Laboratories in Oxnard, California.  AGQ provides laboratory analyses and technical assistance for a variety of products including agricultural commodities.  Based in Spain, AGQ's global network has been expanding rapidly in recent years including a growing presence in the U.S.

Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) and AGQ are teaming up on work involving maximum pesticide residue levels on food and agricultural products.  Expect more information on this growing collaboration soon.


Pictured from left to right:  Tenesor Pena, AGQ, James Christie, BCI, and Jose Luis Carrasco, AGQ.

April 28, 2016

On April 25 and 26, BCI Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz attended the European Union's Commodity Expert Group (CEG) meeting in Brussels.  Matt is one of two Americans who has been invited as a member of the EU group. 

Matt works with the European hop industry to ensure that information between the EU and US hop industry on technical crop protection issues are shared.  The group meets twice a year to review the growing situation in both markets and to determine what steps are needed to ensure a high quality crop is produced.  Efforts to harmonize the regulations and standards between the two industries are a priority. 

Photo:  Matt Lantz with EU Hop Commodity Expert Group in Brussels on April 26.

April 12, 2016

Tye Blazey, Director of Sales for, attended the 2016 American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held April 10-13 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The event brings together stakeholders from throughout the world to meet and discuss issues that are affecting the spice industry. 

Navigating pesticide tolerance regulations continues to be an important issue and Bryant Christie Inc. was represented there to demonstrate how can be a valuable resource across the spice industry supply chain. 


Photo: Tye Blazey and Greg Sommerville of McCormick Global Ingredients and Program Chair of the event.

April 5, 2016

Jeffery Mitchell joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Seattle office in February 2016 as a Research Assistant on the Regulatory Data Services team. Jeffery conducts research and analysis on international food regulations to assist in updating and auditing BCI's maximum residue level (MRL) and food additive regulatory databases. He also monitors for worldwide food additive regulation developments and writes about the latest regulatory news for the BCI Food Additive News and BCI's customized subscription newsletters, the BCI Monitor.

Jeffery graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's of Art in International Studies. Prior to joining BCI, he worked as an educator in Southeast Asia.

March 25, 2016

On Friday, March 18, BCI Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz met with the Philippine Department of Agriculture's Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority to learn more about how the government of the Philippines regulates crop protection tools.  Matt travelled to the meeting with USDA officials from the US Embassy in Manila.  While there, Matt, USDA, and the Philippine Department of Agriculture officials identified several areas of mutual cooperation regarding harmonizing international regulatory standards that affect agriculture exports from both the United States and the Philippines. 

Additional engagement on these issues is expected in the coming year to avoid trade barriers when exporting to third markets.  

March 22, 2016

Korea is undertaking a major regulatory change. Unless exporters prepare for this change and work to ensure industry compliance, there could be trade disruptions.

BCI's Vice President of Global Access, Matt Lantz, has outlined Korea's MRL transition and its potential to affect trade in a White Paper titled, The Coming MRL Challenge in Korea.

March 17, 2016

On Wednesday March 16th, Matt Lantz, VP for Global Access, met with officials from the US Embassy and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Tokyo. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to encourage harmonization of regulatory standards to ensure that US agricultural exports to Japan can occur with minimal trade restrictions.  Mr. Lantz appreciated the insights shared by the Japanese officials.

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