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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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November 1, 2019
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On October 24, BCI staffers Adam Hollowell and Shelby Sackett attended the Northern California World Trade Center’s “Navigating Global Trade in these Uncertain Times” event in Sacramento, California.  At the event, Adam and Shelby attended presentations given by David Stepp, a partner at trade advisory firm Crowell & Morning, and Bud Colligan, a Senior International Affairs and Trade Advisor at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. 

The speakers discussed relevant topics impacting California’s current economic climate.  This included the economic policies and strategies of Governor Newsom as well as the international trade challenges businesses are facing, such as the US-China trade war, and the implications of Brexit. 

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October 29, 2019
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Shelby Sackett joined BCI’s Sacramento office in September 2019, as a member of the Market Development Team.

Shelby assists in preparing market development reports and presentations for clients, and supports the execution of client promotional strategies. She also participates in grant writing and administration related to the United States Department of Agriculture’s export assistance programs.

Shelby graduated with distinguished honors from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. While obtaining her degree, Shelby studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  She also participated in summer programs in both Egypt and Italy.

 

October 22, 2019
Members of BCI’s Market Development team traveled to Massachusetts to observe the annual cranberry harvest.

This week, David McCaleb, Sarah Gelpi, and Daria Mikhalchenko of BCI’s Market Development team traveled to Massachusetts to observe the annual cranberry harvest. David, Sarah, and Daria joined the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) and a team from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for a cranberry bog tour to learn more about the cranberry wet harvest process. The group also had the opportunity to tour a processing facility to see firsthand how the fresh fruit is then transformed into sweet dried cranberries and cranberry concentrate.

BCI’s Market Development team works with CMC on its generic international marketing program to promote exports of U.S. cranberry products globally.  To learn more about BCI’s Market Development services, click here.

October 15, 2019
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Aaron Y. Rabinowitz joined BCI’s Seattle office in October 2019 as an International Trade Policy Assistant.

As part of the Global Access team, Aaron works to open foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities, monitor trade policy issues, support BCI’s MRL monitoring systems, and address international agricultural policy concerns on behalf of BCI’s clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Aaron worked as a research writer at an economic intelligence firm in Washington, DC, and as a writer and rapporteur for the Project on Foresight and Democracy.

Aaron is a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and a concentration in National Security Policy. As an undergraduate, Aaron was the captain of his university triathlon team, and in 2017 he competed on Team USA Triathlon at the 20th Maccabiah World Games in Israel.

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October 2, 2019
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From September 25-27, Sarah Gelpi and Pamela Araoz (of BCI’s Market Development team) attended the 8th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit (WIA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At the Summit, Sarah and Pam attended panels featuring the viewpoints of women leaders in varying roles within the Agribusiness sector, including U.S. State Commissioners of Agriculture, farmers and ranchers, and executives. The Summit also included breakout sessions and presentations on the latest international trade news, innovations in ag, industry outlooks and trends, and other forward-thinking topics facing agriculture.

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August 27, 2019
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China's regulatory environment can be challenging to navigate.  Recently, the enforcement of registration requirements for foreign non-governmental organizations (FNGOs) has impacted promotional programs for several USDA Cooperators. BCI's Market Development Team has been at the forefront of this issue for its clients and, in July 2019, successfully completed the registration process in China on behalf of a client.

BCI President James Christie traveled to China to receive the client's registration certificate, meet with Shanghai Public Security Bureau officials, and discuss the issue with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. BCI is pleased with this successful outcome and is glad to see the client's promotional program in China resume with this important requirement now addressed.

For questions regarding China's FNGO requirements, please contact Sarah Gelpi, Assistant Director of BCI's Market Development team, to assist at 916-492-7062.

 

August 7, 2019
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From July 22 to August 3, BCI collaborated with USDA and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to host a group of 9 seafood importers from China on an educational and trade tour of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska through the USDA Cochran Fellowship Program.  The group was able to meet with a range of U.S. seafood suppliers, trade associations, and environmental organizations in each of the states to learn about the quality and sustainability found in American seafood products.  BCI’s experience in various agricultural sectors has allowed the company to lead a number of USDA Cochran Fellowship Programs like the one detailed here. Click here for more information on how BCI helps develop markets abroad.

(Photo above): The group at a meeting with Alaskan Leader Seafoods in Seattle, WA. (Below): The group during a processing plant site visit with Ocean Beauty Seafoods in Cordova, AK.

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June 11, 2019
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David McCaleb (Director, International Marketing) has been reappointed to the U.S. Government's Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Food Products.  This committee provides technical advice to the United States Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on trade issues that pertain to agriculture.  On the committee, David will represent the Brewers Association.  His appointment goes through 2023.

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April 22, 2019
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BCI daily tracks changing global chemical, additive & ingredient food standards. Last year, BCI’s reg intelligence team tracked over 2300 foreign technical regulations—well over 9 a day.

In recent weeks, BCI participated in Codex standard setting meetings in China, so our database subscribers will have the most current info at their fingertips.

Learn more about our BCGlobal Subscriptions here.

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