Broadening Footprint in Global Regulatory Intelligence

Bryant Christie Inc.Bill & James at work in 1995
Produce Business, Blast From the Past

Bryant Christie Inc‭., ‬a Seattle company focused on helping agricultural‭, ‬food and beverage companies open and expand foreign markets‭, ‬is celebrating its 25th anniversary‭.‬

Bill Bryant’s journey started right after college‭, ‬when he went to work for Washington state Gov‭. ‬John Spellman on trade policy issues‭. ‬“I met folks in the tree fruit industry‭. ‬After Gov‭. ‬Spellman lost his re-election bid‭, ‬the Northwest apple‭, ‬pear and cherry industry asked me to help them open new markets around the world‭,‬”‭ ‬says Bryant‭, ‬founder‭. ‬“By 1992‭, ‬other commodity groups and agricultural companies were calling asking for advice on how to solve foreign trade problems‭. ‬I realized there was a demand for the services I provided‭, ‬so I moved to Seattle and started W.L‭. ‬Bryant Co‭. ‬in my basement‭.‬”

Within a year‭, ‬James Christie joined the company as managing director and partner‭. ‬Prior to joining‭, ‬Christie was president of the California Cherry Export Association‭. ‬In 1996‭, ‬the company changed its name to Bryant Christie Inc‭. ‬“In those first years‭, ‬James and I had Monday 7‭ ‬a.m‭. ‬‘staff’‭ ‬meetings‭ ‬‮—‬‭ ‬the staff was me‭, ‬James and one other person‭ ‬‮—‬‭ ‬but we enjoyed it because we knew we weren’t just trying to get business to keep the doors open‭, ‬we were committed to building a company that could outlast us‭,‬”‭ ‬says Bryant‭.‬

The photo was taken in 1995‭; ‬Bryant is on the left and Christie is on the right‭. ‬“Bill was probably lecturing me on the mega possibilities of the internet while I was trying to bring it down to a practical level‭. ‬Funny thing is‭, ‬we largely accomplished our goal of developing internet‭, ‬subscription-based databases that help our clients comply with foreign regulations‭,‬”‭ ‬says Christie‭.‬

As part of its 25th anniversary‭, ‬the company has launched BCGlobal‭, ‬a single portal into global regulations affecting food‭, ‬beverage and agricultural products‭. ‬“Our 25th is a time to explore new ways to meet our clients’‭ ‬changing needs‭. ‬Companies and governments have come to us with ideas and requests for new databases‭. ‬There are lots of opportunities ahead‭,‬”‭ ‬says Bryant‭.‬