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October 24, 2013
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On October 18-20, James Christie, Alicia Adler and Michelle Paul attended the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. At this event, BCI met with international buyers, industry associations and in-country representatives on behalf of clients and discussed current global marketing trends and plans for the coming year.

Attended by over 21,000 industry professionals representing 61 countries, the annual PMA Fresh Summit convention is the largest trade show of its kind in the United States. Each year, industry professionals gather at this event to introduce new products and negotiate agreements. In 2014, the PMA Fresh Summit will be held in Anaheim, California on October 17-19.

October 21, 2013
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On September 30, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle, BCI Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz, spoke to a delegation of 40 visiting Korean business officials from the Korean International Trade Association (KITA).  KITA is the equivalent to the US Chamber of Commerce for Korea.  The delegation was visiting several West Coast cities promoting US-Korean trade. 

Mr. Lantz spoke about the US-Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and how it had benefited US agriculture since its implementation on March 15, 2012.  Citing examples from Washington State, Mr. Lantz explained how Korean tariffs and other regulations had fallen as a result of the KORUS agreement, and how exports had increased significantly for several Washington commodities.  He also explained how KORUS had benefited Bryant Christie Inc. directly.  BCI officials have traveled to Korea several times this year in support of expanding agricultural trade.

September 25, 2013
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Eric Rosenberg attended the Drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany the week of September 15 as part of a delegation from the Hop Growers of America. Drinktec is among the world's largest trade fairs for the beverage industry and the 2013 edition featured over 1,700 exhibitors from over 70 countries. Over 60,000 visitors were expected to pass through during the five-day event. 

Prior to the start of the fair the HGA group toured the German hop growing region of Hallertau, providing an opportunity for information exchange with growers there.  At the fair itself, the HGA had a booth where it showcased a wide variety of U.S. grown hops and many of the distinctive American craft beers that rely on them.  A seminar and beer-paired dinner also helped demonstrate the variety and versatility of U.S. hops.  Bryant Christie Inc. helped coordinate these activities and looks forward to similar events going forward. 

September 20, 2013
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Alicia Adler recently attended the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Canada Concepts U.S. Cooperators Meeting in Toronto, Canada on behalf of several California agricultural industries.  Keynote speakers included Scott Reynolds, Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs (FAS), Christian Foster, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Trade Programs (FAS), Paul Ho, Marketing Manager (Eastern Region) of T & T Supermarket Inc. and Bernice Cheung, Ethnic Practice Area Lead for the Nielsen Company. At the meeting, Alicia met with Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs Scott Reynolds and FAS Christian Foster to discuss current industry trends and upcoming promotional opportunities in Canada.

September 13, 2013
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Alyson Segawa recently attended Harvest Tour on behalf of the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC).  Every year, WSWC hosts a group of Japanese trade and media to tour wine country and learn about Washington State as a premier wine producing region.  Attendees included sommeliers, wine writers, importers, and on premise trade.  Alyson assists WSWC in its efforts to increase exports of Washington State wine around the world.

September 11, 2013
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Michelle Paul joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Sacramento office in September 2013 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. Michelle will assist with grant writing and administration related to United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs. She will also provide support to account managers for activity planning and implementation, client communications, financial management, and research.

Prior to joining BCI, Michelle worked as a legislative aide in the capitol office of California State Senator Steve Knight, who currently represents the 21st Senate District. In her role, she tracked and facilitated bills through the legislative process, drafted correspondence on behalf of the Senator, and served as staff consultant to the Senator on water and agricultural policy. Additionally, she has experience in commercial property management.

Michelle is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Affairs with a specialization in American Foreign Policy from California State University, Sacramento.

August 15, 2013
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BCI President James Christie was invited to speak at the Cherry Growers of Australia national industry conference held the week of August 5, 2013, in Canberra Australia.  The theme of the 2013 conference was, “Breaking down Barriers – Navigating Oceans of Opportunities.”  James was a featured speaker and presented on the topic of global market access.  International and national delegates at the conference included cherry and other fruit growers, representatives from government departments, Horticulture Australia, industry suppliers, and other industry associates.

August 12, 2013
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Eric Rosenberg and Karsten Lundquist attended the Vancouver flower auction on August 9.  The auction, which is held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round, is the largest flower auction in North America.  It is a traditional Dutch auction where buyers bid on plants and flowers as the prices drop. Eric and Karsten toured the auction with Chief Executive Officer, Bob Pringle.  The visit was part of a research project in which Bryant Christie Inc. is exploring opportunities to expand tropical flower and plant imports to Canada.  Though the auction is owned by British Columbia's greenhouse flower growers, an import component helps satisfy the market's demand for products not grown on Canadian soil. 

July 18, 2013
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BCI demonstrated the International Food Additive Database (www.FoodAdditiveDatabase.com) at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Expo from July 14th – 16th in Chicago, IL.

The Database is freely accessible and includes over 80,000 food additive use regulations in 24 markets around the world. Users can compare maximum use levels between countries for similar food types, view relevant regulatory notes and terminology, and download results in user-friendly Excel or PDF formats. This free resource is the result of collaboration between BCI, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

May 28, 2013
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Brooks Erickson joined Bryant Christie in May 2013 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. His responsibilities include supporting account managers in preparing export strategies, market research, and grant writing related to USDA export assistance programs.

Before joining BCI, Brooks worked in Seoul, South Korea for over four years as an English instructor, an editor/researcher at a patent law firm, and as an associate for a consulting company developing business relationships between the UAE and East Asia. He also co-founded an event production company, hosting bi-monthly events around Seoul.

Brooks graduated from Washington State University's College of Business with a degree in international business. He has also studied at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea.

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