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August 29, 2022

Seattle, WA – Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI), a provider of global market solutions to food, beverage, and agribusiness, is pleased to announce exciting changes to its leadership team.

Bill Bryant, who served as chairman of BCI since the company’s founding, has moved on to new opportunities and now serves as a paid advisor. In Bill’s place, Eric Rosenberg has expanded his ownership stake in BCI and will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. James Christie remains BCI’s president and chief executive officer.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Bill over the last 30 years. He is a true visionary who set the stage for BCI and served as a mentor on trade policy and government relations to many of us,” said Christie. “At the same time, I’m very excited to have Eric joining me as a senior partner. Eric has been a leader in the company for many years. BCI will continue to innovate and grow; and our staff and clients will benefit from his leadership into the future.”

Rosenberg joined BCI in 1999 as a marketing account manager within the firm’s Market Development business unit. By 2006, he was managing that unit as well as BCI’s Research and Information Services unit. Over the years he has served as account manager for many individual export Market Development clients, lead researcher for market studies and evaluations, and supervised several of BCI’s other services including customized resource centers, data dashboards and the Monitor newsletter.

“This past July marked 30 years in business for BCI,” said Christie. “We’re planning to celebrate this milestone in a number of ways. The new ownership is the first of several significant changes people will see from us in the next few months.”

BCI is well-known in international agricultural trade circles for its expertise in trade policy, market access, export assistance grant programs, research, and other services that facilitate export sales on behalf of its clients.

The firm’s successes are numerous. On the trade policy front, BCI has helped open markets in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Mexico for products like apples, cherries, and potatoes. The firm has also preserved markets by navigating restrictive trade barriers, particularly those involving pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs). Over the years, BCI has been instrumental in helping its clients expand sales in numerous export markets. Additionally, BCI has helped its clients avoid lost sales by working to re-open markets faced with unexpected import restrictions.

“We’re extremely grateful to our existing clients and are proud of the tremendous accomplishments we’ve achieved together over the past 30 years,” Christie said. “Eric and I are looking forward to continuing those partnerships and growing our clients’ export sales even further in the years ahead.”

“I’m looking forward to taking a larger role at BCI,” said Rosenberg. “Exporting food, beverage, and agricultural products is not easy. BCI has the people, experience, and tools to facilitate market access and growth. I’m excited about the opportunities ahead for BCI and our clients.”

Over the next several months, BCI will be launching a new website, an e-newsletter, social media, and other content designed to provide news and insights on international marketing issues. To join the email list and receive regular updates from BCI, please visit BCI here.


August 11, 2022

On Tuesday, August 9, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, moderated a discussion with Assistant Secretary of State Jessica Lewis on how the US provides military assistance to its allies.  The event was organized by the Seattle World Affairs Council and took place at Amazon headquarters in Seattle.   Much of the discussion focused on Ukraine and Taiwan and how decisions are made on which weapons systems are provided.  Issues such as training, maintenance, effectiveness, availability are all considered.  The US State Department coordinates government assistance with other departments especially the Depart of Defense.  This approach ensures US weapons sales serve US national interests.  The discussion was fascinating and timely.

August 4, 2022

In Prague, on July 26, the International Hop Growers Congress awarded BCI’s Vice President for Global Access the Order of the Hop.   This 600 year old award is presented to those who have supported the “noble plant.”   Both the U.S. and German hop industries nominated Matt for his work over 23 years addressing international issues facing world hop exports.


April 7, 2022

Sarah Gelpi Hooker, BCI’s Director of Market Development, was recently selected to serve on the International Fresh Produce Association’s Global Development Committee, which seeks to identify expansion opportunities and priorities for the association and its diverse membership.

Ahead of the Fruit Logistica trade show this week in Berlin, Sarah had the opportunity to participate in the first in-person meeting of the Global Development Committee, as well as IFPA’s Executive Leadership Summit, alongside industry and IFPA leadership. These forums provided an excellent platform for leaders across the produce value chain to connect and discuss common issues concerning trade and market access, demand generation, food safety and regulatory affairs, talent development, and more.

Thank you to IFPA for the opportunity to engage in these discussions.

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February 3, 2022

FoodChain ID Acquires BCGlobal

Deerfield, IL (Thursday, February 3, 2022) –  FoodChain ID, a leading provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality, and sustainability solutions, has acquired BCGlobal, a leading provider of database subscription services delivering timely and accurate information on the constantly changing global regulatory requirements impacting the trade of food, beverage, and agricultural products.

“This acquisition is a strong strategic fit with FoodChain ID’s technical services, testing, and food safety business. It expands our suite of technologies that make the food supply chain safe, compliant, and transparent,” explains FoodChain ID CEO Brad Riemenapp.

BCGlobal, formerly the regulatory intelligence and software division of Bryant Christie Inc., has developed the gold standard in agricultural commodity regulatory trade information validated by governments and leading private corporations.​ This easy-to-use software enables users to identify and compare international regulation standards quickly.

“Food Chain ID stood apart from other possible buyers because they shared our commitment to accuracy and customer service, and because they appreciated the value of the BCGlobal team,” says Bill Bryant, chairman Bryant Christie Inc. “While we had big plans for BCGlobal, Food Chain has the global presence and technology resources needed to take the BCGlobal modules to their next levels of excellence.”

Riemenapp continues, saying, “BCGlobal is the only company in its space to provide a complete, accurate, and timely full turn-key regulatory compliance data supply chain solution. In addition, its proprietary data sets provide additional capabilities to our current and future technology products – such as gComply/gComply+, tech-enabled pesticides, and dynamic risk assessment – and further enable our technology/data strategy​.”

BCGlobal partners with many global brand leaders in the food and beverage space and differentiates itself via data source accuracy and know-how, a systemized collection process with proprietary data collection rules, and a complex algorithm rules-based engine. The company has 14,000+ active users in 36 countries, a greater than 125 percent net retention rate, and shares many key customers with FoodChain ID.

“Today is another significant step toward achieving our vision to make it easier for our clients to keep their supply chains safe and transparent,” said Riemenapp.

About BCGlobal

Based in Seattle, Washington, BCGlobal has become a market-leading platform that provides proprietary, superior regulatory insights and knowledge into Pesticide and Veterinary Drug MRLs, Contaminant Limits, and Food Additives delivered via subscription, and direct data and regulatory intelligence services. Visit for more information.

About FoodChain ID

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, FoodChain ID has a global presence and provides technology-enabled food safety, quality, and sustainability solutions that address challenges and opportunities in the rapidly evolving food industry. Serving more than 30,000 customers in over 100 countries with a market-leading portfolio of testing, inspection, certification, and compliance solutions, FoodChain ID helps companies navigate the increasingly regulated global food economy with greater transparency, accountability, safety, and sustainability. The company’s services include a clean label, food safety, sustainability claims; food safety certifications; regulatory compliance solutions; and testing. Visit for more information.

Contact: Ann Willets (908) 433-7821/

December 6, 2021

Melissa joined BCI’s Seattle office in 2021 as a Market Development Manager. Melissa assists with writing and administering grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture’s export assistance programs and works with clients to develop and implement their organization’s international promotional activities.

Prior to BCI, Melissa worked for the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA), a non-profit association that works with over 110 member farmers markets. At the WSFMA, she was responsible for marketing activities, grant and contract management, and ad-hoc research projects.

Melissa graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Environmental studies and obtained master’s degree in Germany from the Technical University of Munich. While in graduate school Melissa focused on agricultural economics and policy and was a research assistant for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology project on vertical farming.

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December 3, 2021

Eva Chappell joined BCI’s Research and Information Services team Seattle in October 2021. She brings to the team a strong professional background in the agri-food sector that includes applied agricultural economics, work with emerging market value chains, and knowledge of European Union (EU) policies.

Eva contributes to market and regulatory research projects, economic and statistical analyses, and to the BCI Monitor, a customized regulatory newsletter for BCI clients.

Before joining BCI, Eva worked for the European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending arm of the EU. Here she performed market research and investment due diligence for projects spanning the full agri-food value chain, primarily in the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa . She also worked together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), evaluating agricultural policy processes, in particular the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Policy Programme (CAADP). 

Eva holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Political Economy, an MSc in Agriculture Economics, and a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, all from Kiel University, Germany. As a post-doctoral researcher, she published a book, together with Christian Henning (Kiel University) and OusmaneBadiane (IFPRI), about development policies and policy processes in Africa. She has lived in Germany, Luxembourg, and Washington DC. 

August 24, 2021

BCI’s Market Development Team recently visited wineries in several American Viticultural Areas of Washington State. The purpose of these visits was to understand the industry’s international priorities and goals and to get a sense of what future inbound tours will experience.

The team was on a tight schedule but visited and met with officials from the following wineries: Chateau Ste Michelle, Mark Ryan Winery, DeLille Cellars, Matthews Winery, Columbia Crest, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Col Solare’s Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery, Hedges Family Estate, Airfield Estates, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, Ancient Lakes Wine Company, Powers Winery, Barnard Griffin, J. Bookwalter Winery, L’Ecole No. 41, Figgins Family Wine Estates, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Northstar Winery, and Woodward Canyon Winery.

The trip was a great experience to see these wineries just prior to harvest and to discuss export priorities and challenges. For two BCI staff members – Mellesse Williams and Bruno Fiorentini – it was their first visit to Eastern Washington.  Besides the meetings they were able to learn about wine-making from the Head Red Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Head Winemaker at Col Solare.

August 24, 2021

BCI’s Market Development and Global Access Teams traveled to Minneapolis earlier this month to deliver an update on the firm’s work related to the CMC’s international program. This was the Market Development team’s first in-person Board meeting since 2020! It was a hybrid meeting format with about half of the participants on Zoom and half in person. Shelby Sackett briefed the Committee on activities in China and India.

On BCI’s Global Access side, Matt Lantz and Adam Hollowell briefed the industry on the latest cranberry tariff and regulatory changes, while Alinne Oliveira, and Heleana Lally covered important MRL updates. It was the first in-person meeting for many of our Global Access team as well. Following the meeting, Alinne and Heleana embarked on a three-hour drive to Wisconsin Rapids to participate in an industry field day.

June 7, 2021

Bill Bryant, Chairman of Bryant Christie, Inc. was recently on the AG News Daily Podcast where he talked about trade under the Biden administration, the first 100 days of Biden's presidency, our relationship with China and the EU, and more.

Hear the full episode below:

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