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September 20, 2017


This month saw the publication of a book coauthored by Bryant Christie Inc.’s Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz and former staffer Alyse McConnell. Declining International Cooperation on Pesticide Regulation; Frittering Away Food Security is one of few books published concerning the challenges to international agricultural trade posed by differing international pesticide Maximum Residue Level (MRL) standards. 

Differing MRL standards have been an increasing problem for the last decade as more and more countries have developed their own unique pesticide regulations with standards that are not harmonized at international levels or with those of trading partners. The result is a variety of MRLs, causing food that is perfectly legal in its country of origin to be rejected upon arrival in an export market due to differing or missing standards. The cost to shippers and industry reputations can be enormous. 

The book provides background on this issue, outlines how serious the problem is, reviews how different countries address international MRL issues, and proposes options for minimizing negative effects on trade while providing for consumer safety.

The book is published by the Palgrave Studies in Agriculture Economics and Food Policy and can be purchased at:

BCI Staff Take Harvest Tour of Eastern Washington
September 15, 2017

On September 14, Bryant Christie Inc. Chairman Bill Bryant and Marketing Director David McCaleb led a harvest tour for several of the newer BCI staff to visit agricultural producers in Eastern Washington.  Members of the Regulatory Data, Research, and Marketing teams came along on the tour, including Jeffery Mitchell, Karlee Kirking, Liz Cady, Maclyn Curley, Hans Stroo, and Dexter Leland. 

The tour made stops at Hedges Family Estate, C&C Hop Farms, Yakima Chief—Hopunion, and Washington Fruit & Produce Co., where the staff learned about the groups’ respective products and industries.  Visits like these offer a valuable opportunity for staff to engage directly with some of the agricultural industries that BCI is involved in. 

We would like to thank all the producers and groups listed above for hosting us on this educational outing.

BCI Attends AsiaFruit Logistica in Hong Kong
September 13, 2017

From September 6-8, BCI President James Christie, Vice President Matt Lantz, and International Marketing Manager Sarah Gelpi Hooker participated in the annual AsiaFruit Logistica Meeting in Hong Kong.   AsiaFruit Logistica is the largest fruit and vegetable trade show in Asia. 

While at the conference, BCI met with leaders in produce industry from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, South Africa, and many other markets. The team discussed trade policy, market access, and international marketing of horticultural crops to Asia. BCI also attended a reception hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture for conference attendees, and contacted Hong Kong government officials on the latest policies that might affect fruit exports to the region.

BCI Team Travels with Chinese Quarantine Delegation
August 21, 2017

From August 12-18, BCI arranged and hosted a delegation of Chinese government officials during their review of the US potato industry. The Chinese officials traveled to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to learn about US potato industry growing and pest management practices. This visit was a prerequisite for opening the Chinese market for fresh chipping potatoes from the US. 

Matt Lantz, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, traveled with the delegation throughout the week. The delegation visited potato farms, packing sheds, research facilities, and a processing plant.  

Bryant Christie Inc. leads reverse trade mission to promote California pears
August 8, 2017

On July 17-21, Will Callis, a member of the Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) marketing team, hosted six Mexican wholesale produce buyers on behalf of the California Pear Advisory Board (CPAB).  Will, along with the CPAB’s Mexican marketing representative, organized the flights, hotels, guest lists, and itinerary for the trip.  During the trip, the wholesalers met with the four primary pear exporters from California, toured their packing facilities and orchards, and discussed the current market situation.  The goal of the trip was to reinvigorate the relationships between the Mexican wholesale produce trade and the California pear industry, in an effort to increase exports to this sector.

As Bryant Christie celebrates its twenty fifth year in business, we would like to extend a special thanks to the California pear industry, who has partnered with Bryant Christie for over twenty years to promote the export of California pears all over the world.

BCI Welcomes Pamela Araoz
August 8, 2017

Pamela Araoz joined Bryant Christie Inc. in June 2017 as a Financial and Grant Management Assistant. Her primary role is supporting BCI’s federal and state grant accounting staff, including assisting with client financial accounting and audit preparation.

Pamela is a graduate from Sonoma State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. As an undergraduate, Pamela gained professional experiences in the financial services sector through her internships. Pamela interned with the agricultural lending institution, Rabobank N.A, as a Financial Analyst Intern for the North Coast Food and Ag. Department. She also worked at Maxwell Money Management, working as their Client Support Intern.

Pamela is fluent in Spanish and has spent time traveling and visiting her family in Peru.

BCI Global Access Team Attends International Hop Congress
August 4, 2017

On August 2, members of BCI's Global Access team including Matt Lantz, Karsten Lundquist, and Adam Hollowell attended the annual International Hop Congress in Yakima, Washington. While there, the group participated in a day-long meeting on plant protection material and hops sponsored by the German Federal government. BCI's Matt Lantz spoke twice at the event on behalf of the US hop growers. 

BCI has had a relationship with the US hop industry since its founding 25 years ago.

Lisa Kirchhoff Joins BCI
August 4, 2017


Lisa Kirchhoff joined Bryant Christie Inc in April 2017 as the office manager for the Sacramento office.  Lisa is responsible for Sacramento office operations as well as staff and project support.  She also serves as the executive assistant to Mr. Christie.

In addition to her work at BCI, Lisa also operates in her family wine business where she assists in a creative role of marketing and events.  She also manages the wine club and sales for Kirchhoff Wines.

Prior to joining BCI, Lisa was the operations manager for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.  As operations manager, she offered support to the general manager and worked closely with the visual merchandising team.  Her focus was to maintain product and manufacturing knowledge to manage inventory levels and oversee the delivery team success.  Other responsibilities included, customer care support, monitoring invoices, purchase orders, provide extra support to sales team and assist in all in-store events.

Lisa is a graduate of California State University of Long Beach, with a Bachelors of Arts in General Design.  She also took advantage of a summer program through CSULB to study architecture in Prague, Czech Republic.

BCI Staff Attend USAEDC Attache Conference
August 2, 2017


On July 12-13, Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) marketing and trade policy team members attended the United States Agriculture Export Development Council’s (USAEDC) Attaché Consultations and Seminar in Arlington, Virginia.  This conference serves as one of the largest gatherings of US agriculture export professionals and representatives from USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) each year. 

During the first day of the conference, BCI team members met with internationally posted USDA FAS foreign service officers to discuss a wide range of topics of interest to BCI clients.  Discussions ranged from support of international marketing efforts, such as direct consumer promotions and participation in international trade shows, to concerns regarding trade policy and regulations. 

The following day, BCI team members listened to presentations and panel discussions covering a host of international trade issues.  Topics of these discussions included: USDA’s recent reorganization to include an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs, progress of international trade negotiations, and current geopolitical events and how they may affect US agricultural trade.  Through attending these sessions, the BCI team and its clients are better equipped to address challenges in international food and agricultural trade and increase exports alongside its USDA partners.

BCI Welcomes Laura Huerta
August 2, 2017

Laura Huerta joined Bryant Christie Inc.’s Sacramento office in April 2017 as a member of the research and global access teams. She assists with the maintenance of BCI's customized trade regulation databases, and with trade policy analyses and notifications, as well as conducting market and competitor research for clients. 

Laura is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in International Relations. She also holds a MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security from King’s College, London. Prior to joining BCI, Laura worked on a data services team at a marketing company in London.

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