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August 8, 2017
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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.

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August 8, 2017
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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.

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August 4, 2017
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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.

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August 4, 2017
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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.

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August 2, 2017
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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.

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August 2, 2017
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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.

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May 26, 2017
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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.

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May 18, 2017
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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.

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May 18, 2017
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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.

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May 5, 2017
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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.

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