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BCI Staff visit California cherry packing facilities
May 26, 2017

Last week, members of BCI’s trade policy and marketing teams visited two California cherry packing facilities to observe their operations during the harvest season.  BCI staff watched as cherries arrived on trucks from the orchards, learned about measures in place to ensure high product quality, and spoke with the industry about their processes.  The team also toured the facilities to view optical sizers and packing lines in action.

On behalf of the California cherry industry, BCI works with the California Cherry Board (CCB) on trade policy and market access issues to ensure smooth shipments to international markets.  BCI also manages the industry’s international marketing program to expand exports of California cherries across the globe.

Pictured from left to right: Adam Hollowell, BCI Trade Policy Specialist; Chiles Wilson, Principal Owner/President of Rivermaid Trading Company, Sarah Gelpi Hooker, BCI Marketing Accounts Manager; and Laura Huerta, BCI Research and Trade Policy Analyst. Not pictured: James Christie, BCI President.

Matt Lantz Speaks to Lamb Weston Global Conference
May 18, 2017

Last week, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access traveled to Phoenix to speak to the Lamb Weston global sales team about international trade issues affecting processed potato exports.  Matt’s talk ranged from US trade policy under President Trump to West Coast Port labor negotiations to biotechnology labeling to cases before the World Trade Organization affecting exports to Indonesia. 

As the manager of the American Potato Trade Alliance, Matt and BCI have significant background with international trade issues affecting frozen fry and dehydrated potato exports.

Adam Hollowell Joins Market Access Team
May 18, 2017

Adam Hollowell joined Bryant Christie Inc’s Sacramento office in 2017 as a Trade Policy Specialist.  As part of the firm’s Global Access team, Adam works to open foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities, monitoring trade policy issues, and addressing international agricultural policy concerns on behalf of BCI's clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Adam worked in various roles in Kenya, China, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Italian from Lancaster University, UK, and a Masters degree in International Relations from Birkbeck College, University of London.

49th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues held in Beijing, China
May 5, 2017

The 49th session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) was held April 24–29 in Beijing, China. Kimberly Berry, Director of Regulatory Data, and Ann Stevenson, Manager of Regulatory Databases, attended the meeting on behalf of several commodity groups.

Nearly 490 MRLs were recommended for inclusion in the international Codex pesticide MRL standard. These will be officially established if approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) during their July meeting.

Details about the recommended MRLs and other discussion items can be found in the draft report*. BCI closely monitors Codex MRLs from proposal through establishment. This information is included the Global MRL Database.

* This story will be updated to include a link to the final report once it has been made available.

BCI Meets with Japanese and Korean Trade On Behalf of the California Cherry Industry
April 7, 2017


James Christie, BCI President, and Sarah Gelpi Hooker, BCI International Marketing Manager, traveled to Japan and Korea from March 26-31, 2017 on behalf of the California Cherry Board.  James and Sarah conducted meetings with importers and retailers of California cherries to discuss the upcoming 2017 California cherry season and to finalize details for the California cherry Japan and Korea marketing programs. James and Sarah also met with U.S. government officials on market access issues facing the industry.

BCI continues to work with the California cherry industry to increase opportunities for California sweet cherries to these valuable export markets.

Hans Stroo Joins BCI
April 5, 2017

Hans joined Bryant Christie Inc. in March 2017 as a member of the research services team. He participates in proposal writing, program evaluation, market research, regulatory research, and data analysis.

Prior to joining the firm, Hans was Communications & Public Affairs Manager for the Washington Business Alliance. At the Business Alliance, Hans engaged on public policy issues with businesses, trade associations, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. He led the creation of diverse communication products including reports and speeches, data visualizations, member communications, blog content, testimony before the state legislature,
and op-eds which were published in The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Real Clear Policy, and The Hill.

Hans earned a Master of Science degree in Political Science from Portland State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Washington University, graduating cum laude. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in South Africa.
BCI Attends Codex Committee on Food Additives Meeting in Macau
April 4, 2017
BCI’s Manager of Regulatory Data Services, Ann Stevenson, attended the 49th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), held in Macau SAR, China the week of April 20–24. 

The CCFA discussed the revision and endorsement of maximum levels permitted for food additives and processing aids. Recommendations will be incorporated in the General Standard on Food Additives (GSFA) if approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) during their July meeting. 

Other topics addressed at the CCFA include the assignment of functional classes to individual food additives, the alignment of food additive provisions and commodity standards, and prioritizing the list of substances to be evaluated by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA).

Details on the 49th session of the CCFA may be found in the final report. BCI closely monitors changes to the GSFA, which is reflected in the Food Additive Database.
Matt Lantz Travels to Korea and Japan to Work on Regulatory Harmonization
March 10, 2017

From March 1 to March 7, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, traveled to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan to work on regulatory harmonization issues.

While in Korea, Matt met with the US Embassy to discuss market access issues for several clients.  He also followed up with several registrants from the Korea Pesticide Maximum Residue Level Symposium held early in February. Korea will overhaul its pesticide regulatory system on January 1, 2019.

In Tokyo, he met with the US Embassy and Japanese food processors to talk about expanding the current access for US potatoes to Japan.  He also worked on regulatory approvals for crop protection products in the market.

BCI Attends California League of Food Processors Expo
February 16, 2017

On February 9, Ann Stevenson gave a presentation on BCI's Food Additive Database at the California League of Food Processors (CLFP) Expo. The presentation provided an overview of food additive regulations and testing policies for Canada, Mexico and Japan – markets important to U.S. exporters. Ann demonstrated how the Food Additive Database can help U.S. food companies comply with complex international regulations.

James Christie, President and Managing Director, and Tye Blazey, Director of Sales and Marketing, also attended the expo. The team manned a booth and provided demonstrations of BCI's regulatory data products.

CLFP is the largest tradeshow in California devoted specifically to food processing. It is attended by over 2500 industry members from 11 countries.

February 10, 2017

On February 9th and 10th, Matt Lantz, BCI Vice President for Global Access, attended a symposium in Seoul with the US and Korean governments on Korea's upcoming Positive List System for pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs). 

This new system will be fully implemented in December 2018.  By that time, hundreds of new MRLs will need to be established at acceptable levels in order to avoid trade disruptions.  Efforts are underway to ensure the new Korean system is implemented on time and in such a manner that consumers are protected and trade can proceed.

Photo:  Matt Lantz with officials from Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Seoul

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