The Sweetener Users Association appreciates the opportunity to present information on the employment impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the U.S. sugar and sweetener sector and the food and beverage industries that use the majority of these key food ingredients. SUA’s membership includes a broad range of food and beverage manufacturers, along with the trade associations that represent these companies. We believe Congress should approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement because the TPP will bring economic benefits beyond the sweetener sector. However, the U.S. sugar program reduced the potential economic gains from the TPP Agreement.