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February 15, 2018
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From January 4-20, BCI’s Director of Research Julie Cerenzia and Research Project Manager Hans Stroo traveled to six Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – to conduct market assessments for the U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) and the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC).  The team conducted multiple supermarket visits and almost 50 interviews that will help validate activities proposed for support by the USDA Emerging Markets Program. 

 

Photo:  Julie Cerenzia and Hans Stroo meet with Chef Vindex Tengker, Vice President of Garuda International Airlines, and Ms. Pornnicha Sathujarun of Agrisource Co. Ltd., regional representative of USDBC and USADPLC.

 
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February 13, 2018
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Earlier this month, several BCI staff members teamed up for a volunteer opportunity at Dress for Success Seattle

Staff spent an afternoon organizing clothing racks and pulling together ensembles which were photographed for promotional purposes, as well as sorting shoes for the "closet" that stylists pull from when outfitting their clients for professional interviews. Staff also took product shots which are now being posted to the Dress for Success Facebook page to promote their March sale – one of the funding streams which supports their program in Seattle.

Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that provides women in need with professional workplace attire. They have locations all over the globe, including an operation out of the YWCA in downtown Seattle.

 


Shown at top from left to right: Karlee Kirking, Alinne Oliveira, Dexter Leland, Heather Daveno, Ann Stevenson and Maclyn Curley.

Photos at left are courtesy of Ann Stevenson.


 


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February 13, 2018
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On January 16-19, Will Callis, a member of the Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) marketing team, visited Toronto and Montreal, Canada to organize promotions of California cherries and pears for the upcoming harvest.  Will met with the produce category managers at Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro on behalf of the California Cherry Board and the California Pear Advisory Board.  During the meetings, Will discussed the promotional opportunities for both commodities with these major grocery retailers.  Canada is a strategically crucial market for both California cherries and pears, and the goal of this visit was to ensure that both industries secure strong promotional campaigns during the upcoming year.

As Bryant Christie celebrates its twenty-fifth year in business, we would like to extend a special thanks to the California cherry and pear industries, which have partnered with Bryant Christie for over twenty years.

Photos courtesy of the California Cherry Board and the California Pear Advisory Board.


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February 12, 2018
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Jack Callahan joined Bryant Christie Inc.’s Seattle office in January 2018 as a member of the firm’s research and evaluation team.  Jack contributes to the maintenance of BCI’s customized trade regulation databases, is helping implement database improvements, and also provides research and analysis in support of ad hoc research projects for clients.

Jack graduated from the University of Washington and Jackson School of International Studies with degrees in International Studies and Political Science. As an undergraduate, Jack worked as a Research Fellow with the Global Intelligence team at AS Solutions, helping provide long-term strategic intelligence and analysis to the Global Security team at Microsoft, and conducted data analysis for logistics firm, Expeditors International.

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February 5, 2018
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Ben Britz joined Bryant Christie Inc. in January 2018 as a Web Application Developer on the Technology Service team.  Ben works on building new products and features for the BCGlobal platform, which covers pesticide, veterinary drug, and food additive regulations.  His responsibilities include front-end and middle-tier development, as well as UX/UI graphic design.

Prior to joining BCI, Ben worked as a front-end developer for 14Four, a web development and digital marketing company located in Spokane WA.  While there he specialized in bridging the gap between digital graphics and the Web, working on several initiatives for organizations such as Coca-Cola, State Farm, Frito-Lay, and Toyota.  He also led 14Four’s internship, community outreach, and convention panel planning programs.

Ben is a graduate from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design.

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January 30, 2018
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BCI Chairman Bill Bryant writes about trade issues to watch for in 2018 and how they could impact the U.S. apple industry.  A copy of the article from the Good Fruit Grower January 2018 may be found at this link
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January 5, 2018
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has announced the beginning of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) application process for 2018.  There will be around $4.1 million available in total SCBGP grant funds, which will be allocated in ranges of $25,000 to $250,000 to chosen projects.  Initial concept proposals are due on February 5, 2018, after which full proposals for selected projects will be due on March 19.

Those eligible to apply include non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private universities, and government organizations at the local, state, and federal level.  Although the program WSDA administers is Washington State-specific, applicants from outside the state are eligible to apply so long as their proposed project will benefit the specialty crop growers of Washington.  Grant funds may be used for a range of purposes including research, technological innovation, training and education, and marketing.  Specialty crops are defined in the Farm Bill as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops.  If you are uncertain whether your product is a specialty crop, you can find a list of them here.

Bryant Christie Inc. has successfully assisted a range of clients with SCBGP applications and program implementation in the past.  BCI has previously worked on SCBGP projects related to industries including wine, hops, pistachios, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and canned fruits.  If you would like to learn more about how BCI can assist you with the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, please contact us at (206) 292-6340 or at bci@bryantchristie.com.

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December 6, 2017
Matt Lantz, traveled to Sanya, Hainan Island, China to participate in the 25th US-China Plant Health Negotiations.

 

From December 3-6, BCI's Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, traveled to Sanya, Hainan Island, China to participate in the 25th US-China Plant Health Negotiations. These talks bring USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service members together with their Chinese counterparts, AQSIQ, to discuss opening each other's markets for new fresh products. Discussions are based on quarantine concerns and proposed mitigation measures.  

Matt traveled to Sanya representing several fruit and vegetable commodities seeking market access to China. This is the 12th such US-China bilateral talks in which Matt has participated.  

Photo:  Matt Lantz with AQSIQ officials at 25th US-China Bilateral Plant Health Negotiations.

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December 5, 2017
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Alissa Chevallier joined Bryant Christie in November of 2017 as a member of the firm’s international marketing group. Alissa participates in the writing and administration of grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs. She also works with clients to implement their organization’s promotional activities. Her responsibilities also include strategic planning, project management, and financial management.

Prior to joining BCI, Alissa studied and worked in the wine industry in France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and Chile. She worked in production and marketing in small and large wineries, and conducted scientific research on the chemical composition of wine. 

Alissa graduated with honors from Haverford College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.  She holds a Master of Science in Wine Marketing, Viticulture, and Enology from the Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture in Angers, France.  In addition, she has a Master of Philosophy in the History of Science from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  She is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.

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November 30, 2017
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On November 30, 2017, Dr. SaMi Lee, Bayer CropScience's Asia-Pacific Trade Flow and Regulatory Policy Manager visited Bryant Christie Inc.'s Seattle offices to discuss pesticide regulatory issues throughout the Asia Pacific region. 

Dr. Lee is an expert on the current Korean government transition to a positive maximum residue level (MRL) system, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2019.   She is also working on crop protection and MRL issues throughout the region.  

BCI and Dr. Lee discussed Bayer Crop Protection products in Korea during the transition and MRL policies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and throughout Southeast Asia.

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