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August 24, 2021
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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
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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
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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:

May 21, 2021
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Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food Meeting – by Jeffery Mitchell, Senior Regulatory Analyst, Bryant Christie Inc.

The 14th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) was held virtually from May 3-7 and 13, 2021. This was one of the first Codex committee meetings held virtually, and the first that BCI had attended under this format. The virtual meeting format had both its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, more members of BCI were able to attend, with Jeffery Mitchell sitting on the U.S. delegation, while Karlee Charlton and Madison Jackson attended as members of the public. Codex meetings are great learning opportunities, and the virtual format allowed more of BCI’s Regulatory Intelligence unit than usual to benefit from this knowledge gain. There was also more representation from countries that may not typically have the resources to attend in-person meetings. Negatives included only three-hour sessions daily compared to the typical eight-hours per day, which constricted the Committee’s ability to conduct a full slate of work.

The meeting was hosted by the Dutch who did an excellent job keeping it on track. All agenda items were discussed, and somehow the total overrun time from the six sessions was kept under 45 minutes. However, due to the virtual format and the shortened meeting times, there seemed to be an unstated understanding that difficult or controversial issues would be discussed, but that seeking a resolution would be postponed until next year’s meeting. Regardless, the Committee was able to clear out simpler issues and those for which a compromise was easy to strike, as well as to gather feedback on the more difficult issues to allow work to continue during the year. All in all, it was a somewhat subdued meeting; however, it allowed the Committee to continue its work so that it will be in a strong position when it hopefully returns to its normal format next year. Considering the circumstances, this should be considered a success.

 

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March 22, 2021
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BCI’s Market Development business unit works closely with the California cherry industry on their international market development program. As a part of these efforts, Shelby Sackett on our team is overseeing the development of new photography and videography assets to be used in California cherry international market development collateral and promotion.

To kick off the project, Shelby (BCI Market Development Assistant) and Sarah (BCI Market Development Director) took a trip down to Linden, California on Wednesday to oversee a photo and video shoot of California cherry orchards in bloom. Bloom in the Linden area is coming along very nicely, and bees were hard at work in the orchards, pollinating this year’s crop.

The next phase of this project will include more photography and videography both in the packing house and in the fields during the harvest, which is expected to begin in late April.

March 2, 2021
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Bryant Christie Inc. is very pleased to announce that Matt Lantz, Vice President for Global Access, has been accepted as a lifetime member by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. CFR’s goal is to start a conversation in the United States about the need for Americans to better understand the world. 

The Council on Foreign Relations is first and foremost a membership organization whose individual and corporate members represent a group unmatched in accomplishment.  Based throughout the country and around the world, CFR members are exposed to top talent and expertise brought together to generate intellectual conversation regarding the most relevant topics in foreign policy and international relations. 

CFR’s membership represents a group unmatched in accomplishment and diversity in the field of international affairs.  Members include Former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, James Baker, Madeline Albright, and Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin, author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, and actor Angelina Jolie.

By joining CFR, Matt is being recognized as a leading voice in the country on international agriculture trade policy issues.   As part of the CFR, he will represent Bryant Christie Inc. and provide a voice on international agriculture trade to the leaders of foreign policy in the United States. 

The CFR is a trusted and indispensable resource on the foreign policy choices facing the United States.  More information on the group can be found at www.cfr.org.

February 10, 2021
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Two BCI staff members are currently serving on the USDA Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Fruit and Vegetables.  Matt Lantz, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, was reappointed on January 14, 2021 to serve a second five year term representing the US cranberry industry, and Will Callis, BCI’s Senior Manager for Market Development, is in his second year representing the US apple industry.

ATAC Advisors have a security clearance and are asked to provide guidance to the US Trade Representative’s Office and senior USDA officials on trade policy matters.   They convey priorities for their industries on matters such as trade agreement negotiations and emerging trade barriers.  BCI is pleased to have two staff members serving on the fruit and vegetable ATAC on behalf of important US agriculture industries.

February 10, 2021
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During the week of January 25, BCI’s Market Development team members participated in virtual meetings hosted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the US Agriculture Economic Development Council (USAEDC) called “The Role of the Agricultural Trade Office.” ATOs are the USDA offices overseas that promote US agriculture exports.  

The sessions featured panelists from several Agricultural Trade Offices and agriculture groups detailing their experiences working together to promote US agricultural products overseas. The focus was on leveraging the resources and knowledge of ATOs to serve the US agricultural community in their markets via trade shows and events, market intelligence, speaking opportunities, and more.  Communication was stressed as important to keeping each other looped in on collaborative opportunities.

 

February 8, 2021
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Madi Jackson joined BCI.’s Seattle office in 2019 as a Research Assistant on the Regulatory Intelligence team, and was promoted to Regulatory Analyst in February 2021.

Madi contributes to the maintenance of the BCGlobal suite of regulatory services by researching, analyzing, and inputting data on international food regulations for pesticides, veterinary drugs, contaminants, and food ingredients. She monitors for changes to policies and regulations across markets and relays these changes in articles for the BCI MRL and Food Additive News and BCI’s customized subscription newsletters, the BCGlobal Monitor. She is also involved with the design and development of new regulatory data products, working closely with IT development teams on the design and development of complex systems and reports.

Madi is a graduate of the University of Idaho with Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Professional Writing. While obtaining her degree, she participated in programs and internships in Ecuador and Uruguay.

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February 8, 2021
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Sarah Gelpi Hooker was promoted to Director of Market Development in February 2021.

Sarah joined BCI's Sacramento office in September of 2016 as a member of the Market Development team and became a senior manager in August 2018. She was promoted to Assistant Director in May 2019 .

Sarah manages the marketing team in writing and administering grants related to the United States Department of Agriculture export assistance programs, and works with a number of clients to implement their organization’s promotional activities. Strategic planning, project management, and financial management are all a part of her responsibilities.

Prior to joining BCI, Sarah worked as the International Marketing Manager for the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), a non-profit agricultural trade association. At SUSTA, Sarah worked closely with the southern State Departments of Agriculture to develop SUSTA’s international marketing strategy. She also managed SUSTA’s international marketing budget and activity implementation.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans with a concentration in International Business. Sarah has also studied in San Ramon, Costa Rica through the University of New Orleans, and at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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