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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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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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