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November 3, 2017

BCI attends 68th annual PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

Company News November 3, 2017

BCI attends 68th annual PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo
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On October 19-21, James Christie and Sarah Gelpi Hooker attended the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.  At this event, BCI met with international attendees, industry associations, and in-country representatives on behalf of clients and discussed current global marketing trends and plans for the coming year.

Attended by over 19,000 industry professionals representing over 60 countries, the annual PMA Fresh Summit convention is the largest trade show of its kind in the United States.  Each year, industry professionals gather at this event to introduce new products and meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the supply chain. 

In 2018, the PMA Fresh Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 18-20.

November 3, 2017

BCI leads China and India reverse trade mission during the Wisconsin cranberry harvest

Company News November 3, 2017

BCI leads China and India reverse trade mission during the Wisconsin cranberry harvest
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From October 25-28, BCI International Marketing Account Managers Alyson Segawa and Sarah Gelpi Hooker hosted a delegation of Chinese and Indian media and trade on a reverse trade mission on behalf of the Cranberry Marketing Committee.  The primary objectives of this trade mission were to highlight the versatility and health benefits of U.S. cranberries, as well as to provide Chinese and Indian trade and media with a firsthand look at the Wisconsin cranberry harvest and processing facilities. 

Attendees were given presentations on the U.S. cranberry industry and cranberry health benefits and were able to wade in a cranberry marsh during an industry facility visit.  The event received positive coverage from Wisconsin media on television (WKBT and WXOW) as well as online (Wisconsin Ag Connection and  Wisconsin State Farmer).

October 23, 2017

Matt Lantz Meets with European Officials on MRLs

Company News October 23, 2017

Matt Lantz Meets with European Officials on MRLs
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Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access, met with officials from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the US Mission to the European Union, and with Bayer Crop Science to discuss the most recent European Union policies on crop protection products and how they might affect exports of US commodities to the EU. The EU is undertaking substantial changes to its pesticide regulatory policies that differ greatly from US standards, which may restrict the ability of crops to access the European market.   Meetings were held in Brussels, Belgium and Monheim, Germany. 

While in Brussels, Matt participated in a two day conference on maximum residue levels (MRLs) sponsored by the European Crop Protection Association.  BCI manages GlobalMRL.com, which maintains the MRL information for over 100 markets.  Bryant Christie Inc. will continue to work with the US government, registrants, and commodity groups to ensure that products exported to the EU are safe for EU consumers and that trade is not affected by differing regulatory systems.

Photo:  Matt Lantz with officials from the Minor Crop Farmers Alliance at Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany.

October 16, 2017

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grant for 2017-18

Company News October 16, 2017

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grant for 2017-18
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On August 29, the USDA officially announced that applications are being accepted for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) for 2017-18.  This year’s program has approximately $18 million in funding available to independent agricultural producers and producer cooperatives.  Deadlines for submission are January 31, 2018 for paper applications, and January 24, 2018 for online applications.

The VAPG program is designed to assist independent farmers, ranchers, and producer-based businesses in activities related to the marketing, development, and processing of value-added agricultural products.  Grants will be awarded for projects in either planning or working capital capacities, in increments of up to $75,000 and $250,000, respectively.

Bryant Christie Inc. has successfully assisted a range of clients with VAPG applications and program implementation in the past.  Some examples of VAPG projects that BCI has previously worked on include the international promotion of wine, hops, cranberries, dairy products, and canned fruits.  If you would like to learn more about how BCI can assist you with the Value-Added Producer Grant, please contact us at (206) 292-6340 or at bci@bryantchristie.com.

October 16, 2017

BCI Attends Global Minor Use Summit 3

Company News October 16, 2017

BCI Attends Global Minor Use Summit 3
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In early October, Bryant Christie Inc. staff members Matt Lantz, Kimberly Berry, and Ann Stevenson attended the third Global Minor Use Summit in Montreal, Canada. This meeting occurs once every five years to discuss how crop protection products can be more broadly available to growers of specialty crops around the world.

Participants from over 30 countries participated in the meeting. Matt, Kimberly, and Ann met with foreign government officials, registrants, and grower groups, and also made presentations and ran break out groups. There was significant discussion of BCI's GlobalMRL database and making it more widely available to the developing world.

September 20, 2017

BCI Staffers Co-Author Book on International Pesticide Regulation

Company News, Global MRL News September 20, 2017

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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: https://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783319605517

September 15, 2017

BCI Staff Take Harvest Tour of Eastern Washington

Company News September 15, 2017

BCI Staff Take Harvest Tour of Eastern Washington
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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.


September 13, 2017

BCI Attends AsiaFruit Logistica in Hong Kong

Company News September 13, 2017

BCI Attends AsiaFruit Logistica in Hong Kong
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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.

August 21, 2017

BCI Team Travels with Chinese Quarantine Delegation

Company News August 21, 2017

BCI Team Travels with Chinese Quarantine Delegation
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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.  

August 8, 2017

Bryant Christie Inc. leads reverse trade mission to promote California pears

Company News August 8, 2017

Bryant Christie Inc. leads reverse trade mission to promote California pears
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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.

August 8, 2017

BCI Welcomes Pamela Araoz

Company News August 8, 2017

BCI Welcomes Pamela Araoz
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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.

August 4, 2017

BCI Global Access Team Attends International Hop Congress

Company News August 4, 2017

BCI Global Access Team Attends International Hop Congress
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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.

August 4, 2017

Lisa Kirchhoff Joins BCI

Company News August 4, 2017

Lisa Kirchhoff Joins BCI
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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.

August 2, 2017

BCI Staff Attend USAEDC Attache Conference

Company News August 2, 2017

BCI Staff Attend USAEDC Attache Conference
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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.

August 2, 2017

BCI Welcomes Laura Huerta

Company News August 2, 2017

BCI Welcomes Laura Huerta
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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.

May 26, 2017

BCI Staff visit California cherry packing facilities

Company News May 26, 2017

BCI Staff visit California cherry packing facilities
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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.

May 18, 2017

Matt Lantz Speaks to Lamb Weston Global Conference

Company News May 18, 2017

Matt Lantz Speaks to Lamb Weston Global Conference
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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.

May 18, 2017

Adam Hollowell Joins Market Access Team

Company News May 18, 2017

Adam Hollowell Joins Market Access Team
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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.

May 5, 2017

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

Company News May 5, 2017

49th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues held in Beijing, China
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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.

April 7, 2017

BCI Meets with Japanese and Korean Trade On Behalf of the California Cherry Industry

Company News April 7, 2017

BCI Meets with Japanese and Korean Trade On Behalf of the California Cherry Industry
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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.

April 5, 2017

Hans Stroo Joins BCI

Company News April 5, 2017

Hans Stroo Joins BCI
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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.
April 4, 2017

BCI Attends Codex Committee on Food Additives Meeting in Macau

Company News April 4, 2017

BCI Attends Codex Committee on Food Additives Meeting in Macau
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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.
March 10, 2017

Matt Lantz Travels to Korea and Japan to Work on Regulatory Harmonization

Company News March 10, 2017

Matt Lantz Travels to Korea and Japan to Work on Regulatory Harmonization
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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.

February 16, 2017

BCI Attends California League of Food Processors Expo

Company News February 16, 2017

BCI Attends California League of Food Processors Expo
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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

Matt Lantz attends Korea MRL Symposium

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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

February 8, 2017

Alyson Segawa Part of Judge Panel at U.S. Culinary & Mixology Competitions in Mumbai

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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

James Christie Offers Guest Comments in Asiafruit Magazine – Where to now for global trade?

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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

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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

Alyson Segawa Presents Marketing Case Studies and Health Benefits in India Technical Education Seminars

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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

Eric Rosenberg and Matt Lantz Speak at Washington Small Berry Conference

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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 Joins BCI-Seattle

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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

Matt Lantz Chairs MRL Discussions at USAEDC

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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 GlobalMRL.com, 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

Matt Lantz speaks at World Trade Organization

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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 GlobalMRL.com, 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

Julie Cerenzia and Kristine Farwell attend USAID Conference

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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

Alyson Segawa Speaks at Technical Education Seminar and Attends RECA Tradeshow In India

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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).

October 5, 2016

Daria Mikhalchenko joins BCI

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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

James Christie Meets with Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

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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 (www.globalmrl.com) 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

Matt Lantz attends European Commodity meetings in Munich

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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

Eric Rosenberg Speaks to American Association of Candy Technologists

Company News September 26, 2016

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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 joins BCI

Company News September 14, 2016

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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

BCI Hosts U.S. and Korean Agriculture Negotiators

Company News September 9, 2016

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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

Matt Lantz Meets with Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety Official

Company News September 9, 2016

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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

BCI demos GlobalMRL.com at Asia Fruit Expo

Company News September 9, 2016

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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

BCI Attends Rutgers Food Science Course

Company News September 7, 2016

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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 Joins BCI

Company News September 2, 2016

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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. 

August 9, 2016

Will Callis joins BCI

Company News August 9, 2016

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Will Callis joined Bryant Christie Incorporated in July of 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. Will assists with writing and administering grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs.  He is also active in activity implementation and financial management.

Prior to joining BCI, Will worked as an agriculture market analyst for a global leader in precision agriculture equipment.  While there, he focused on international market size estimation and performance quantification.  He was also responsible for annual sales budget estimation and regional sales analysis.

Will graduated with honors from Colorado State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics with a concentration in natural resource economics.  He also holds a Master's degree from Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics. 

August 5, 2016

BCI Exhibits at IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago

Company News August 5, 2016

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Tye Blazey (Director of Sales, GlobalMRL.com) and Ann Stevenson (a manager in our Regulatory Data Services group) attended the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago in July.  The IFT Food Expo provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate BCI's data services to those most affected by the ever-growing volume and complexity of international regulations, including  professionals in Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs.

The Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) annual exhibition is the largest food science and technology event globally.  For more information about IFT please visit their website.

For information about BCI's databases, please visit GlobalMRL.com and Food Additives Database.

 

August 2, 2016

BCI hosts Canadian media members for California Harvest Tour

Company News August 2, 2016

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On July 28 and 29th, Will Callis and Alicia Adler hosted Canadian media members for harvest tours in the California Central Valley.  The morning July 28th was spent first in a California Cling Peach orchard in Modesto, California where media members learned about the process that helps bring California Cling Peaches from bloom to when they are picked at the peak of ripeness and sent to the cannery.  The afternoon completed the peach processing cycle when the media members toured a peach and apricot cannery in Lodi, California where they tasted a variety of delicious products. 

Friday July 29th began with a tour of a California Bosc pear orchard in Walnut Grove, California.  There they learned about the proper technique used to pick a pear.  They then toured a nearby packing plant where they were treated to an impressive display of the speed and care that goes into packing fresh pears.  The day was completed at local restaurant where the media members were able to taste locally produced pear cider.

July 27, 2016

FoodLinked TV features Alyson Segawa at FHW Bangalore

Company News July 27, 2016

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As we reported last month, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, participated in Food Hospitality World (FHW) tradeshow in Bengaluru, India on behalf of the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC).

FoodLinked TV asked Alyson to say a few words at the FHW Bangalore tradeshow about CMC's participation. This was CMC's first round of India GBI culinary and mixology competitions, which also included a booth presence. Click here to view the video.

FHW is one of India's largest professional tradeshows for trade and consumers in the food & hospitality industry. Last year, the show witnessed about 6,000 visitors and showcased more than 250 exhibitors.

July 25, 2016

Dexter Leland Joins BCI

Company News July 25, 2016

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Dexter Leland joined Bryant Christie Inc. in July 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. He assists members of the marketing team in preparation of export strategies, market research, client communications, and grant writing related to USDA export assistance programs.

Dexter graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chinese language. He has also studied abroad at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

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