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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. 

August 9, 2016

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

Tye Blazey (Director of Sales, 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 and Food Additives Database.


August 2, 2016

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

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.

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