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February 8, 2017
International Marketing Accounts Manager Alyson Segawa participated as a guest judge for a premium culinary & mixology competition at the UpperCrust Food and Wine Show in Mumbai, India on January 27-29, 2017.   

The competitions featured over 16 established chefs and mixologists from luxury hotels and establishments across Mumbai and West India. The prime objective of this campaign was to highlight the uniqueness of U.S. premium agricultural products to the Indian HRI industry.   


UpperCrust Food & Wine Show is organized by UpperCrust Magazine which is India's finest Food & Wine Magazine and one of the leading trade fair organizers in India.

January 23, 2017

BCI president James Christie provided guest comments to Asiafruit Magazine on global trade in the Trump era along with an update on global pesticide MRL and food safety issues.  A copy of the article from Asiafruit Magazine's December 2016/January 2017 issue may be found at this link

January 9, 2017

Matt Lantz Speaks at Potato Expo

On January 5, 2017, Matt Lantz, BCI Vice President for Global Access spoke to the US potato industry at the annual Potato Expo in San Francisco.  Matt covered how the potato industry is addressing international pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) in global trade.  He spoke about how the industry has organized itself to seek harmonized international standards so US potato exports are not hindered. 

December 8, 2016

BCI International Marketing Accounts Manager Alyson Segawa spoke at technical education seminars on behalf of the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India. Alyson provided an overview of the U.S. cranberry industry's generic marketing promotions globally along with related marketing case studies showcasing the potential of U.S. cranberry products.

Additionally, Alyson presented technical information on the health benefits related to cranberry consumption to 200 key influencers from local trade sectors and press.     

Additional coverage of this recent event can be viewed at Yahoo news.

Shown here from left to right: Keith Sunderlal (India representative, US Cranberries), Alyson Segawa (Manager, International Marketing Accounts, Bryant Christie Inc.), Mansi Ahuja (India representative, US Cranberries), Karen Cahill (Communications & Marketing Specialist, Cranberry Marketing Committee), and Sabyasachi Gorai (celebrated Indian chef).

December 2, 2016

BCI's Vice Presidents Eric Rosenberg and Matt Lantz spoke at the Washington State Small Berry Conference in Lynden, Washington on December 1.  Their topic was export possibilities in Asia for Washington blueberries and raspberries.  Matt Lantz spoke about opening new Asian markets for fresh product, handling differences in foreign regulations, and the impact that the delay in implementation of Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement will have on exports.  Eric Rosenberg reviewed three studies BCI conducted for the Washington blueberry industry on export prospects to Korea, China, and India. 

November 18, 2016

Stephanie Swinehart joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Seattle office in November 2016 as a Research Assistant on the Regulatory Data Services team. Stephanie monitors international regulatory updates, analyzes foreign and domestic technical regulations, and performs data entry and quality assurance for the maximum residual level (MRL) database. Additionally, she writes for the customized subscription newsletter, the BCI Monitor, and the MRL News service, researches international food safety policies, and conducts database demonstrations for clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Stephanie worked in international community economic development both as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and as a project assistant for an international development non-profit in Malawi. Stephanie is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in Economics) and International Studies, with minors in Political Science and French.

November 18, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access chaired a panel discussion at the US Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) in Baltimore, Maryland on pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLS) and their growing effect on international agriculture trade.  Officials from the US potato and Wisconsin ginseng industries also spoke as to how this issue has challenged their abilities to export. 

Lantz reviewed the regulatory changes that have come into effect over the last 15 years from markets as diverse as the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and Costa Rica and provided recommendations on how to address differing standards and rejections.  He also demonstrated, Bryant Christie Inc.'s proprietary database that compares international MRL standards among countries.  The seminar was well attended demonstrating the growing concern associated with this issue.

October 26, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, BCI Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, spoke at the World Trade Organization in Geneva Switzerland on private sector priorities with pesticide regulations in international trade.  Matt was one of three private sector speakers invited to present at this government-only event. 

In his panel and subsequent discussion, Matt stressed the need for transparency and harmonization of pesticide maximum residue level (MRL) regulations among markets.  He outlined challenges agriculture trade face as a result of this issue and offered suggestions on where improvements could be made. BCI is a leader on this issue and owns, which has the most up-to-date MRL information available.  

The meeting also provided Matt the opportunity to hold one on one discussions with officials from the European Union, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and many others.   BCI was pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the WTO.


October 20, 2016

On October 10-11, 2016, BCI's Director of Research Julie Cerenzia and Research Assistant Kristine Farwell attended the USDA-USAID Conference on Food Assistance and Food Security in Des Moines, Iowa.  The conference, held on the sidelines of the annual World Food Prize, brought together a cross-section of development project implementers; U.S. commodity groups; private and nonprofit firms; federal agencies with a variety of mandates; and the research and scientific community to explore challenges and solutions to improving long term food security and nutrition. 

One aspect of this endeavor is improving sanitary and phytosanitary practices and regulations in developing countries to foster local market development, integration into the global food and agriculture marketplace, and improved food quality and safety.  With longstanding expertise in this area, BCI looks forward to contributing to the development of local and import markets that can provide a safe, nutritious, and diversified diet in the developing world.  

October 5, 2016

From September 27-30, 2016, BCI Manager, International Marketing Accounts Alyson Segawa spoke at a technical education seminar and participated in the Restaurant & Catering Show (RECA) on behalf of the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) in Mumbai, India. Alyson provided an overview of the U.S. cranberry industry and CMC's generic marketing work globally. Mr. Thomas L. Vajda, U.S. Consul General in Mumbai, along with other dignitaries, led the inauguration ceremony for the U.S. Premium Agricultural Products booth at RECA.

The primary objective of this campaign was to highlight the uniqueness of U.S. premium agricultural products to the Indian HRI industry. The Restaurant & Catering Show is the only event in India exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry.


Shown here from left to right: Keith Sunderlal (India representative, US Cranberries), Alyson Segawa (Manager, International Marketing Accounts, Bryant Christie Inc), Thomas L. Vajda (U.S. Consul General to India), Devina Khanna (India representative, US Pecans), and Adam Branson (Senior Attaché, Office of Agricultural Affairs, Mumbai, India).

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