Richard Fritz is co-owner of Global AgriTrends. Global AgriTrends (GAT) is an agricultural consulting firm that works with meat and poultry companies and associations to research market opportunities and track international trends in trade. Our extensive data bases provide us the ability to look at world-wide trade flows for specific products and to monitor shocks to the system that may affect such trade.
GAT interprets how clients may be affected by the outbreak of animal diseases, changes in trade patterns, economic events and political upheaval. GAT monthly reports contain detailed analysis of trade flows between world buyers and sellers of food products, as well as economic and political trends that affect trade in agricultural commodities and processed products.
Richard Fritz recently served as Vice President for Trade Development of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), and was responsible 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.