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December 2, 2016
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BCI's Vice Presidents Eric Rosenberg and Matt Lantz spoke at the Washington State Small Berry Conference in Lynden, Washington on December 1.  Their topic was export possibilities in Asia for Washington blueberries and raspberries.  Matt Lantz spoke about opening new Asian markets for fresh product, handling differences in foreign regulations, and the impact that the delay in implementation of Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement will have on exports.  Eric Rosenberg reviewed three studies BCI conducted for the Washington blueberry industry on export prospects to Korea, China, and India. 

November 18, 2016
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Stephanie Swinehart joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Seattle office in November 2016 as a Research Assistant on the Regulatory Data Services team. Stephanie monitors international regulatory updates, analyzes foreign and domestic technical regulations, and performs data entry and quality assurance for the maximum residual level (MRL) database. Additionally, she writes for the customized subscription newsletter, the BCI Monitor, and the MRL News service, researches international food safety policies, and conducts database demonstrations for clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Stephanie worked in international community economic development both as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and as a project assistant for an international development non-profit in Malawi. Stephanie is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in Economics) and International Studies, with minors in Political Science and French.

November 18, 2016
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On Wednesday, November 16, Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access chaired a panel discussion at the US Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) in Baltimore, Maryland on pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLS) and their growing effect on international agriculture trade.  Officials from the US potato and Wisconsin ginseng industries also spoke as to how this issue has challenged their abilities to export. 

Lantz reviewed the regulatory changes that have come into effect over the last 15 years from markets as diverse as the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and Costa Rica and provided recommendations on how to address differing standards and rejections.  He also demonstrated GlobalMRL.com, Bryant Christie Inc.'s proprietary database that compares international MRL standards among countries.  The seminar was well attended demonstrating the growing concern associated with this issue.

October 26, 2016
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On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, BCI Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, spoke at the World Trade Organization in Geneva Switzerland on private sector priorities with pesticide regulations in international trade.  Matt was one of three private sector speakers invited to present at this government-only event. 

In his panel and subsequent discussion, Matt stressed the need for transparency and harmonization of pesticide maximum residue level (MRL) regulations among markets.  He outlined challenges agriculture trade face as a result of this issue and offered suggestions on where improvements could be made. BCI is a leader on this issue and owns GlobalMRL.com, which has the most up-to-date MRL information available.  

The meeting also provided Matt the opportunity to hold one on one discussions with officials from the European Union, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and many others.   BCI was pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the WTO.

 

October 20, 2016
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On October 10-11, 2016, BCI's Director of Research Julie Cerenzia and Research Assistant Kristine Farwell attended the USDA-USAID Conference on Food Assistance and Food Security in Des Moines, Iowa.  The conference, held on the sidelines of the annual World Food Prize, brought together a cross-section of development project implementers; U.S. commodity groups; private and nonprofit firms; federal agencies with a variety of mandates; and the research and scientific community to explore challenges and solutions to improving long term food security and nutrition. 

One aspect of this endeavor is improving sanitary and phytosanitary practices and regulations in developing countries to foster local market development, integration into the global food and agriculture marketplace, and improved food quality and safety.  With longstanding expertise in this area, BCI looks forward to contributing to the development of local and import markets that can provide a safe, nutritious, and diversified diet in the developing world.  

October 5, 2016
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From September 27-30, 2016, BCI Manager, International Marketing Accounts Alyson Segawa spoke at a technical education seminar and participated in the Restaurant & Catering Show (RECA) on behalf of the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) in Mumbai, India. Alyson provided an overview of the U.S. cranberry industry and CMC's generic marketing work globally. Mr. Thomas L. Vajda, U.S. Consul General in Mumbai, along with other dignitaries, led the inauguration ceremony for the U.S. Premium Agricultural Products booth at RECA.

The primary objective of this campaign was to highlight the uniqueness of U.S. premium agricultural products to the Indian HRI industry. The Restaurant & Catering Show is the only event in India exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry.

 

Shown here from left to right: Keith Sunderlal (India representative, US Cranberries), Alyson Segawa (Manager, International Marketing Accounts, Bryant Christie Inc), Thomas L. Vajda (U.S. Consul General to India), Devina Khanna (India representative, US Pecans), and Adam Branson (Senior Attaché, Office of Agricultural Affairs, Mumbai, India).

October 5, 2016
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Daria Mikhalchenko joined Bryant Christie Inc.'s Sacramento office as a member of the firm's international marketing team in October 2016.  She assists with client financial accounting, audit preparations, grant writing, and the implementation of clients' MAP-supported international marketing programs.

Daria graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in both Managerial Economics and International Relations.  As an undergraduate, Daria worked as the Marketing Manager of Unitrans Transit System, and participated in Morgan Stanley's Financial Training Program.  She has also spent time traveling through central and southern Europe.

October 3, 2016
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On Saturday, October 1, 2016, BCI president James Christie met with Vice Minister Tran and other members of his delegation from Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the relationship between pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) and trade along with how BCI's Global MRL Database (www.globalmrl.com) helps prevent MRL related trade issues.

Shown here: Vice Minister Tran is pictured to James' right.  Also pictured on the far left is Amy Nguyen of Dragonberry Produce, Inc.

September 28, 2016
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On Wednesday September 28, Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access attended the European Union's Commodity Expert Working Group (CEG) in Munich. This officially sanctioned group brings together commodity groups from across the EU to discuss issues facing European specialty crops.  Matt attends as part of the hop component of the meeting to discuss and coordinate regulatory policies between the US and European hop industries.  Matt is the only American member of this European organization.  

 

Photo:  Matt Lantz with members of the European Hop Expert Working Group

September 26, 2016
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The American Association of Candy Technologists held their annual National Technical Seminar from September 19 – 21 in Chicago.  Eric Rosenberg, BCI Vice President was invited to speak this year on regulatory obstacles facing U.S. candy exporters as they develop international sales.  Eric covered a variety of topics including packaging and labeling regulations, food additive maximum use limits, contaminant policies, standards of identity, and more.  The event was attended by over 250 professionals from the sweet goods industry.

Founded in 1947, AACT is a premier professional group of individual technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, business staff and others dedicated to the advancement of the confectionery industry.

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