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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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April 18, 2019
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Matt Brynildson, @FirestoneWalker's beer master and Eric Rosenberg, BCI’s VP are talking about hops, beer markets and exports. BCI helps US hop growers and US craft beer brewers develop new markets.

For information on market development check out our Market Development offerings.

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April 16, 2019
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Do you want an overview of how the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) affects food, beverage and agricultural exports?

Click here for details

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April 15, 2019
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David McCaleb and Dexter Leland, (of BCI’s market development group), on behalf of the Brewers Association, recently organized educational seminars, on-site brewery tours, and trade meetings for foreign beer buyers during the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Denver. For more information about how BCI helps develop markets, please see: http://www.bryantchristie.com/market-development

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April 9, 2019
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Bryant Christie works with embassies around the world to untangle regulatory red tape that cuts into exporters' profits.  This week, James Christie, BCI's president, and Matt Lantz, VP of global access, are in Tokyo, eliminating trade barriers and learning more about upcoming trade talks. 

If you have a trade barrier that's keeping you from exporting, please visit BCI's Global Access page.

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April 9, 2019
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Every day, BCI helps food exporters comply with food safety & changing chemical residue standards. Last week, our president James C. Christie addressed the Safe Food California conference on changing EU regulations.

Need help?  Please see our BCGlobal Subscriptions page!

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March 1, 2019
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BCI staff visited the Washington State Wine Commission for a presentation on Washington State wine and guided tasting by the Commission’s president, Steve Warner. Steve taught BCI staff about all of the factors—including climate, geology, and winemaker talent—that make Washington State a premium wine-producing region making a higher percentage of 90+ rated wines in the past five years than Italy, Spain, or California.

The group was able to taste this quality for themselves through a guided tasting.  BCI’s marketing team works closely with the Washington State Wine Commission on their international marketing programs, helping to grow exports for the Washington State wine industry.

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December 10, 2018
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India is an emerging market for the U.S. cranberry industry, and BCI works with the Cranberry Marketing Committee to increase awareness and utilization of U.S. cranberries through a mix of promotional, educational, and trade relations activities.  As a part of these efforts, CMC leads a USDA-funded Global Broad-Based Initiative project in India in collaboration with California Walnuts, USA Pears, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, and Washington Apples to promote the use of these U.S. agricultural products as premium ingredients. 

At the UpperCrust Food and Wine show this weekend in Mumbai, BCI Marketing team-member Sarah Gelpi served as a judge for a culinary and mixology competition during which these products were featured in dishes and cocktails made by budding and professional chefs and mixologists.  Sarah said: “The creativity in using our U.S. agricultural products—including the fusion into Indian cuisine—was great to witness and to taste.  Activities like these reinforce the idea that U.S. ingredients like cranberries are versatile, and can complement Indian flavors well.  And while India does have a reputation for being difficult to penetrate, the market potential is evident.  With a growing middle-class, solid economic growth, and increasing demand for healthier foods, the market is ripe for development for products like U.S. cranberries.”   

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