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January 16, 2014

On January 14, Erin Poffenbaugh and Sherrie Hsu attended the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) Expo in Portland, Oregon.  At the Export Resource Center, the regulatory team demonstrated the International Food Additive Database and the USDA-EPA MRL Database, provided information on BCI's international regulatory data services, and spoke with attendees on food regulatory issues and export resources for businesses.


The International Food Additive Database includes over 80,000 food additive use regulations in 60 markets around the world.  Users can compare maximum use levels between countries for similar food types, view relevant regulatory notes and terminology, and download results in user-friendly Excel or PDF formats.


The USDA-EPA MRL Database includes all US pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) and corresponding foreign market MRLs. BCI maintains an internationally-focused, broad scope of regulatory MRL data made available through customized databases, data feeds, and a subscription-based Global MRL Database to be launched in 2014.

January 3, 2014


David McCaleb joined the BCI team in December 2013 as a member of the firm's international marketing group.  He manages export development programs for several of BCI's clients, and is actively involved in strategic planning, market research, grant writing, reporting, financial management, and evaluations.


Prior to joining BCI, David worked as a Program Manager and International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  At TTB, he assisted U.S. industry with market access and trade compliance issues, and was responsible for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Russia and Non-EU Europe, and Technical Barriers to Trade portfolios.  In these roles, he coordinated closely with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and other U.S. Government agencies in formulating trade policy pertaining to alcoholic beverages.  Before joining TTB, David held positions with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of International Affairs, International Technology and Trade Associates, and the U.S. Department of State.


David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a BA in Economics and Russian and Eastern European Studies.  He also received an MA in International Trade and Investment Policy from George Washington University, and a Russian language certificate from Moscow State University.



December 31, 2013

On December 4, Erin Poffenbaugh presented an introduction and demonstration of the Food Additive Database at the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) Annual Members Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.


The International Food Additive Database, developed by BCI in coordination with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, is a comprehensive source of information for global food additive use regulations.  Including over 800 additives across approximately 60 countries, the database allows users to compare food additive maximum use levels between markets for similar food types and categories. Search results include the exact food terminology used by the country, as well as any unique nuances noted in the country's food additive regulations.  Users may search by additive, by technological function, or by market, and may download results in Excel and PDF reports.


IACM represents the interests of the color additives industry and the color user community on the state, national, and international levels.

December 13, 2013

On December 9, Brooks Erickson, Sherrie Hsu, David McCaleb, and Alyson Segawa attended the Export-Import Bank of the United States' Global Access Exporter Forum in Bothell, Washington.  During the forum, U.S. Government representatives presented information on resources available to small businesses to assist with exporting.  In addition, small businesses that currently export discussed their success using these resources.  The forum had over 150 participants, including small business owners and employees, government representatives, bankers, brokers, and other trade professionals.  By participating, Bryant Christie was able to connect with these contacts and reassess the various resources now available to U.S. exporters.

November 27, 2013

On November 18-21, James Christie, Eric Rosenberg, Alicia Adler, Mike Rucier, David McCaleb, Brooks Erickson and Michelle Paul attended the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout the conference, cooperators of USDA grant programs received training, political updates and guidance on best practices for the implementation of overseas marketing programs.

This annual event provides a unique setting for cooperators and representatives to meet face-to-face with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). In 2012, U.S. agriculture exports reached a record high of $1.4 billion, in part due to USDA programs such as the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Emerging Markets Program (EMP). By strengthening the partnership cooperators share with the USDA through conferences such as USAEDC, U.S. exports will continue to thrive and expand in targeted markets.

November 25, 2013

On November 19, 2013 at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, BCI International Marketing Manager Alyson Segawa spoke about Brazil as a developing international market and the significance of the market to US specialty crops.  Addressing current market trends, Ms. Segawa discussed the opportunities for US agriculture in doing business in Brazil.  Ambassador Eduardo Prisco, the Consul General of Brazil, was also present and provided an overview of the Brazil market from a political perspective. About 30 attendees from various sectors were present.

The Trade Development Alliance is Greater Seattle's premiere international organization. The Alliance promotes the Greater Seattle region internationally for business and trade, connect companies and institutions with international opportunities and educate the public on topics related to the international economy. The Trade Alliance is a regional partnership of Snohomish County, King County, Pierce County, Port of Everett, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, City of Everett, City of Bellevue, City of Seattle, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and organized labor.

October 24, 2013

On October 18-20, James Christie, Alicia Adler and Michelle Paul attended the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. At this event, BCI met with international buyers, 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 21,000 industry professionals representing 61 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 negotiate agreements. In 2014, the PMA Fresh Summit will be held in Anaheim, California on October 17-19.

October 21, 2013

On September 30, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle, BCI Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz, spoke to a delegation of 40 visiting Korean business officials from the Korean International Trade Association (KITA).  KITA is the equivalent to the US Chamber of Commerce for Korea.  The delegation was visiting several West Coast cities promoting US-Korean trade. 

Mr. Lantz spoke about the US-Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and how it had benefited US agriculture since its implementation on March 15, 2012.  Citing examples from Washington State, Mr. Lantz explained how Korean tariffs and other regulations had fallen as a result of the KORUS agreement, and how exports had increased significantly for several Washington commodities.  He also explained how KORUS had benefited Bryant Christie Inc. directly.  BCI officials have traveled to Korea several times this year in support of expanding agricultural trade.

September 25, 2013

Eric Rosenberg attended the Drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany the week of September 15 as part of a delegation from the Hop Growers of America. Drinktec is among the world's largest trade fairs for the beverage industry and the 2013 edition featured over 1,700 exhibitors from over 70 countries. Over 60,000 visitors were expected to pass through during the five-day event. 

Prior to the start of the fair the HGA group toured the German hop growing region of Hallertau, providing an opportunity for information exchange with growers there.  At the fair itself, the HGA had a booth where it showcased a wide variety of U.S. grown hops and many of the distinctive American craft beers that rely on them.  A seminar and beer-paired dinner also helped demonstrate the variety and versatility of U.S. hops.  Bryant Christie Inc. helped coordinate these activities and looks forward to similar events going forward. 

September 20, 2013

Alicia Adler recently attended the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Canada Concepts U.S. Cooperators Meeting in Toronto, Canada on behalf of several California agricultural industries.  Keynote speakers included Scott Reynolds, Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs (FAS), Christian Foster, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Trade Programs (FAS), Paul Ho, Marketing Manager (Eastern Region) of T & T Supermarket Inc. and Bernice Cheung, Ethnic Practice Area Lead for the Nielsen Company. At the meeting, Alicia met with Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs Scott Reynolds and FAS Christian Foster to discuss current industry trends and upcoming promotional opportunities in Canada.

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