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August 4, 2022
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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
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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
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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 https://www.bryantchristie.com/BCGlobal-Subscriptions 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 www.foodchainid.com for more information.

Contact: Ann Willets (908) 433-7821/prproann@gmail.com

December 6, 2021
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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
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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
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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.

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