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October 5, 2016

Daria Mikhalchenko joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Sacramento office as a member of the firm's international marketing team in October 2016.  She assists with client financial accounting, audit preparations, grant writing, and the implementation of clients' MAP-supported international marketing programs.

Daria graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in both Managerial Economics and International Relations.  As an undergraduate, Daria worked as the Marketing Manager of Unitrans Transit System, and participated in Morgan Stanley's Financial Training Program.  She has also spent time traveling through central and southern Europe.

October 3, 2016

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, BCI president James Christie met with Vice Minister Tran and other members of his delegation from Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the relationship between pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) and trade along with how BCI's Global MRL Database ( helps prevent MRL related trade issues.

Shown here: Vice Minister Tran is pictured to James' right.  Also pictured on the far left is Amy Nguyen of Dragonberry Produce, Inc.

September 28, 2016

On Wednesday September 28, Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access attended the European Union's Commodity Expert Working Group (CEG) in Munich. This officially sanctioned group brings together commodity groups from across the EU to discuss issues facing European specialty crops.  Matt attends as part of the hop component of the meeting to discuss and coordinate regulatory policies between the US and European hop industries.  Matt is the only American member of this European organization.  


Photo:  Matt Lantz with members of the European Hop Expert Working Group

September 26, 2016

The American Association of Candy Technologists held their annual National Technical Seminar from September 19 – 21 in Chicago.  Eric Rosenberg, BCI Vice President was invited to speak this year on regulatory obstacles facing U.S. candy exporters as they develop international sales.  Eric covered a variety of topics including packaging and labeling regulations, food additive maximum use limits, contaminant policies, standards of identity, and more.  The event was attended by over 250 professionals from the sweet goods industry.

Founded in 1947, AACT is a premier professional group of individual technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, business staff and others dedicated to the advancement of the confectionery industry.

September 14, 2016

Sarah Gelpi Hooker joined Bryant Christie in September of 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. Sarah assists with writing and administering grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs, and works with a number of clients to implement their organization's promotional activities.  Strategic planning, project management, and financial management are all a part of her responsibilities.

Prior to joining BCI, Sarah worked as the International Marketing Manager for the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), a non-profit agricultural trade association. At SUSTA, Sarah worked closely with the southern State Departments of Agriculture to develop SUSTA's international marketing strategy. She also managed SUSTA's international marketing budget and activity implementation.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans with a concentration in International Business. Sarah has also studied in San Ramon, Costa Rica through the University of New Orleans, and at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

September 9, 2016

Annual U.S. and Korean bilateral agriculture negotiations were held this week in Seattle.  BCI took the opportunity to host both negotiating teams at its offices.  The reception was co-sponsored by a variety of industry organizations and featured food, wine, and beer from California and the Pacific Northwest.  Following the negotiations, Alyse McConnell, BCI's Manager of International Regulatory Affairs accompanied the negotiators on a tour of Northwest blueberry production. 

September 9, 2016

On Wednesday in Hong Kong, BCI's Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz met with Dr. Ho of Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety.  This is the organization that is responsible for food safety in Hong Kong. 

Several BCI clients have an interest in the latest Hong Kong food safety regulations, especially with regards to maximum residue level policies.  Dr. Ho was able to explain the latest developments, which will allow US shippers to be better prepared when exporting to Hong Kong and to ensure their product is compliant with the latest Hong Kong regulations.  The meeting occurred at a reception for US agriculture officials at the Hong Kong Consul General's residence.

Photo: Matt Lantz with Dr. Ho of Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety

September 9, 2016

During the week of August 6, James Christie (BCI President), Matt Lantz (Vice President for Global Access), and Tye Blazey (Director of Database Sales) participated in Asia Fruit Expo, the largest fruit and vegetable trade show in Asia, which occurs annually in Hong Kong. 

This year, BCI had a booth where we demonstrated our Global MRL Database for trade show participants.  The database has the most up-to-date and accurate information on chemical residue standards in the world.  Subscribers to the database are allowed to easily determine what standards are approved in specific export markets, which allows them to avoid potential trade issues when shipping. 

Photo:  Tye Blazey Demonstrating Global MRL Database at Asia Fruit Expo in Hong Kong

September 7, 2016

On August 22-26, Ann Stevenson and Jeffery Mitchell, members of BCI's regulatory data services team, attended the Introduction to Food Science program at Rutgers University.

The week-long course covered a range of topics including food chemistry, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, color, flavor, food processing, and microbiology.

This course work on the application of food science principles provides context to the regulations Ann and Jeffery analyze on a daily basis for BCI's International Food Additive Database.

September 2, 2016

Karlee Kirking joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Seattle office in September 2016 as a Research Assistant on the Regulatory Data Services team. Karlee researches and analyzes international food regulations to assist in updating and auditing BCI's Food Additive and maximum residue level (MRL) databases. She also monitors for changes to food additive regulations and policies and writes for the BCI Food Additive News as well as BCI's customized subscription newsletters, the BCI Monitor.

Prior to joining BCI, Karlee was a Latin American and International Sales Coordinator for a heavy duty automotive company in the Seattle area. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, Spanish, and Economics with a minor in Global Political Economy. 

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