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April 22, 2019
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BCI daily tracks changing global chemical, additive & ingredient food standards. Last year, BCI’s reg intelligence team tracked over 2300 foreign technical regulations—well over 9 a day.

In recent weeks, BCI participated in Codex standard setting meetings in China, so our database subscribers will have the most current info at their fingertips.

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April 18, 2019
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Matt Brynildson, @FirestoneWalker's beer master and Eric Rosenberg, BCI’s VP are talking about hops, beer markets and exports. BCI helps US hop growers and US craft beer brewers develop new markets.

For information on market development check out our Market Development offerings.

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April 16, 2019
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Do you want an overview of how the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) affects food, beverage and agricultural exports?

Click here for details

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April 15, 2019
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David McCaleb and Dexter Leland, (of BCI’s market development group), on behalf of the Brewers Association, recently organized educational seminars, on-site brewery tours, and trade meetings for foreign beer buyers during the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Denver. For more information about how BCI helps develop markets, please see: http://www.bryantchristie.com/market-development

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April 9, 2019
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Bryant Christie works with embassies around the world to untangle regulatory red tape that cuts into exporters' profits.  This week, James Christie, BCI's president, and Matt Lantz, VP of global access, are in Tokyo, eliminating trade barriers and learning more about upcoming trade talks. 

If you have a trade barrier that's keeping you from exporting, please visit BCI's Global Access page.

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April 9, 2019
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Every day, BCI helps food exporters comply with food safety & changing chemical residue standards. Last week, our president James C. Christie addressed the Safe Food California conference on changing EU regulations.

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March 1, 2019
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BCI staff visited the Washington State Wine Commission for a presentation on Washington State wine and guided tasting by the Commission’s president, Steve Warner. Steve taught BCI staff about all of the factors—including climate, geology, and winemaker talent—that make Washington State a premium wine-producing region making a higher percentage of 90+ rated wines in the past five years than Italy, Spain, or California.

The group was able to taste this quality for themselves through a guided tasting.  BCI’s marketing team works closely with the Washington State Wine Commission on their international marketing programs, helping to grow exports for the Washington State wine industry.

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December 10, 2018
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India is an emerging market for the U.S. cranberry industry, and BCI works with the Cranberry Marketing Committee to increase awareness and utilization of U.S. cranberries through a mix of promotional, educational, and trade relations activities.  As a part of these efforts, CMC leads a USDA-funded Global Broad-Based Initiative project in India in collaboration with California Walnuts, USA Pears, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, and Washington Apples to promote the use of these U.S. agricultural products as premium ingredients. 

At the UpperCrust Food and Wine show this weekend in Mumbai, BCI Marketing team-member Sarah Gelpi served as a judge for a culinary and mixology competition during which these products were featured in dishes and cocktails made by budding and professional chefs and mixologists.  Sarah said: “The creativity in using our U.S. agricultural products—including the fusion into Indian cuisine—was great to witness and to taste.  Activities like these reinforce the idea that U.S. ingredients like cranberries are versatile, and can complement Indian flavors well.  And while India does have a reputation for being difficult to penetrate, the market potential is evident.  With a growing middle-class, solid economic growth, and increasing demand for healthier foods, the market is ripe for development for products like U.S. cranberries.”   
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November 7, 2018
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Melissa Melgar joined Bryant Christie Inc. in November 2018 as a Financial and Grant Management Assistant. Her primary role is supporting BCI’s marketing staffShe has six years of administrative and operational support experience in both public and private sectors, including an internship with the World Affairs Council of Seattle. Professionally she has enjoyed working with federal and state grant process, managing cross-sector relations, and program management in various global affairs settings.

Melissa is a graduate from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor’s in Political Science-International Relations and a minor in Business Administration. As an undergraduate, Melissa spent a year in Sweden where she participated in a study exchange at Uppsala University, learned Swedish, and coordinated the 2015 Uppsala Model United Nations conference.
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October 30, 2018
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The European Union is proposing to eliminate certain crop protection products used in hop production. Those proposals, dominated this week’s discussions at Commodity Expert Working Group (CEG) on Hops in Žalec, Slovenia. Matt Lantz, Bryant Christie’s VP for Global Access, is the only American member of the European CEG.

At the meeting, Lantz provided the European hop industry with a list of nine hop crop protection products that could be removed in the EU within three years. One is quinoxyfen (Quintec), a chemical that attacks a serious hop disease called powdery mildew. It could be removed from the EU next year, and while that would make it unavailable to EU hop growers, it would also effectively remove it from the US market because hops treated with it could not be exported to the EU. That could leave the 2019 hop crop vulnerable to this hop cone destroying mildew.

“The US and Europeans hop industries know they’ve got to encourage harmonizing technical standards’ Lantz said, “And they’ve got to present unified responses to EU proposals. BCI is helping with both.”

Shown here: Matt Lantz (at center), Dr. Kugel from Germany and Dr. Radišek from Slovenia enjoying the world’s only public beer fountain in Žalec, Slovenia.

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