Global AgriTrends was founded by Richard Fritz and Brett Stuart in 2006, after noticing some major deficiencies in global analysis and reporting of market intelligence and trade data. The firm is rooted in providing clarity to a variety of participants in the global agri-food sector.
Richard Fritz is a founding partner of Global AgriTrends with years of experience in the global agriculture industry. He was formerly the Vice President of Trade Development for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), with responsibilities for the international trade development and policy issues of the Federation. Prior to joining USMEF, Mr. Fritz served as General Sales Manager within the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA. In this capacity Mr. Fritz managed all USDA export credit programs and the Department's foreign food donation programs. Responsibilities included serving as chief negotiator for the U.S. Government on agricultural credit issues at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Mr. Fritz previously was owner and President of Pacific Vision, a consulting firm that specialized in assisting U.S. food processors to research and develop markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to starting Pacific Vision, Mr. Fritz was Vice President of the international consulting firm, The ADAMS Group. Mr. Fritz has also served as Assistant Director of Agriculture for the State of Oregon; the marketing director for U.S. Wheat Associates; and chief economist for the National Association of Wheat Growers. He has also served as a staff member to the House Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Fritz holds an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and a masters degree in econometrics.
Brett Stuart is the other founding partner of Global AgriTrends. He was formerly employed by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) as their lead economist. In this capacity he conducted numerous research and analysis projects in the global meat trade area as well as advising U.S. trade officials on international meat access issues. As part of these responsibilities Mr. Stuart conducted on-the-ground meat industry research around the globe.
Prior to his work with the federation, Mr. Stuart was the Assistant Manager of Marketing for AgReserves, Inc, and was heavily involved with a variety of livestock marketing strategies.
Mr. Stuart’s specific international market research includes:
Mr. Stuart was raised on a cattle ranch in Utah and also worked as an auditor, accountant, and controller in the agriculture industry. He was involved in committee work and was the supporting economist for the Farm Foundation’s report, “The Future of Animal Agriculture in North America” (2006).
Brett received a undergraduate degree in accounting at Utah State and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.