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April 7, 2017


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.

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April 5, 2017

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.
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April 4, 2017
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.
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March 10, 2017

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.

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February 16, 2017

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

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
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

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

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

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).

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