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September 10, 2020
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On September 8, 2020, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, addressed the Ministers of Agriculture from seven Central American countries.   Matt was asked to speak on the potential impact European pesticide policies may have on exports of Central American crops to the EU.  

Highlighting the challenges to products like bananas, coffee, and pineapple, Matt stressed the need for a coordinated regional response that used risk-based principles and the international Codex system to ensure both consumer safety and the ability to grow and export crops.   He also encouraged the countries to coordinate such efforts as a region and to reach out to other parts of the world such as Africa, which are facing similar challenges.

July 10, 2020
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Betty Thomas joined BCI’s Sacramento office in July 2020 as a member of the Research and Information Services team. Betty predominantly contributes to the customized weekly BCI Monitor, newsletters researching and reporting on key developments in market access, technical regulations, and trade policy that affect BCI’s clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Betty interned at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. There she worked with the Cochran Fellowship Program on the WTO SPS/TBT and Latin American and Caribbean programs.

Betty is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She holds a BS in Agribusiness with a concentration in Policy and Law and minors in Spanish, Economics, and International Systems in Agriculture. She also holds a MS from Mississippi State in Agricultural Economics, where her thesis studied the consumer purchasing response to mandatory GE food labels in the United States. While in college, she studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, conducted economic research in Havana, Cuba, served as Student Association Treasurer, and was a Farm Foundation Cultivator.

July 6, 2020
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Tamara Thorberg joined BCI in July 2020 as a member of the Market Development team. In her role, Tamara manages a number of client marketing accounts and is responsible for strategic planning, activity planning and implementation, researching/writing grant proposals, financial management, and more.

Prior to joining BCI, Tamara worked as a Tourism Manager in the International Tourism department at Visit Seattle - the official destination marketing organization for Seattle & King County. She was responsible for promoting Seattle as a world-class leisure destination in the Asia-Pacific markets. Tamara also served as an Events & Programs Manager at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she organized trade missions to South America, Europe, and Asia.

Born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, and a dual citizen of Iceland and the United States, Tamara has a strong passion for international relations and travel. Tamara is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in International Studies. Tamara also studied at Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. 

June 26, 2020
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Melanie Barron joined BCI’s Sacramento office in June 2020 as the Accounting Manager. She manages BCI’s corporate finances including client financial accounting and audit preparation. She has over 18 years of corporate accounting.

Prior to joining BCI, Melanie worked in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area. She started her accounting career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP in the San Jose office and furthered her accounting background by joining other regional and local accounting firms. Most recently, she was the Accounting Manager and Human Resources Manager for a marketing company in the Napa Valley.

April 7, 2020
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Thomas joined BCI in March 2020 as a Financial and Grant Management Assistant on the firm’s Market Development team. Prior to joining BCI, Thomas worked in the local farm-to-fork restaurant industry and at a busy office solutions company in its contract administration department.


Thomas is a native of Sacramento, and graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with emphasis in African culture and history. He spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy where he completed courses in the Italian Language and Italian Renaissance history and culture. Thomas has travelled to over 25 countries and enjoys learning about different cultures. He has a passion for global current events and California agriculture.

 

March 10, 2020
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In February, several BCI Sacramento-office staff had the opportunity to tour the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company facility in Chico, California.  During the tour, the BCI team learned about the history of Sierra Nevada, the varieties of hops used, and the company’s sustainability initiatives.  Overall, the tour was interactive and informative, and provided excellent insight into each step of the brewing process.

Sierra Nevada is the third largest craft brewery in the U.S. and one of the largest buyers of hops in the world.  They are also an active member of the Brewers Association (BA).  BCI works with the BA on its Export Development Program—promoting and facilitating exports of U.S. craft beer. 

February 3, 2020
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Eye on Potatoes: A Podcast on All Things Potatoes

NPC's Kam Quarles provides a D.C. update after the President's signing of the USMCA trade agreement, and an expert panel at Potato Expo 2020 takes a deep dive into the challenging issue of disharmonized international maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides, including and how foreign countries’ differing standards are affecting potato trade and can hinder a grower’s choices when seeking to grow a healthy crop.

Guests: Kam Quarles, CEO, National Potato Council
Rachel Lattimore, SVP & General Counsel, CropLife America
Matt Lantz, International Market Access Division Manager, Bryant Christie

Listen to the podcast here.

January 27, 2020
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Luke Moderhack joined BCI’s Seattle office in November 2019 as an analyst on the Research and Information Services team.

Luke conducts technical research regarding the many regulatory requirements that must be met by food and agricultural exports, including certification and documentation requirements, product and facility registration processes, consumer labeling requirements, food contact materials, and ever-shifting tariff schedules. His research contributes to ad hoc regulatory analyses and to the development and maintenance of customized trade regulation databases that ensure our clients’ regulatory compliance teams have clear and accurate information at their fingertips.

Prior to joining BCI, Luke conducted research and analysis for the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a Washington, DC-based industry association supporting private capital investment in emerging markets, where he rose to the position of Research Manager. At EMPEA, Luke developed rigorous data sets, which were cited by publications including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times; managed the association’s quarterly research publication, redesigning it to strengthen its relevance for investors; produced impactful data-driven market research reports for Latin America and Eastern Europe; presented research, and moderated investor panels.

Luke graduated from Northwestern University with a BA with Honors in History and a minor in its Business Institutions Program. As an undergraduate, he conducted archival research and studied German in Saarbrücken and Munich, Germany.

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November 19, 2019
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On December 18, BCI Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz and Trade Policy Specialist Alinne Oliveira participated in the Global Hop Summit in Brussels.   The goal of the meeting was to inform members of the European Parliament and European Commission on issues affecting the long term production of hops. 

Alinne Oliveira moderated the entire event, while Matt Lantz spoke on how EU pesticide policies are impacting hop production both in Europe and around the world.   Matt also participated in several panel discussions including one with the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee. 

November 7, 2019
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On October 30, Matt Lantz met with leaders of the European hop industry in Dublin, Ireland to discuss plant protection issues associated with the crop.  He provided the group with an update on the latest developments from the European Commission that might affect the quality of EU hop production. 

Matt is the only US member of the EU-sponsored Commodity Expert Working Group on Hops.  The group meets twice annually.

 

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