With the first round of negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) beginning today in Washington, America’s sweetener users urged negotiators to expand, not further restrict, trade in sugar. “On behalf of America’s food and beverage companies that use sugar in the products they make and the more than 600,000 Americans they employ, we urge Ambassador Lighthizer and his team at USTR to work with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts to expand trade in sugar over the course of these negotiations,” said Rick Pasco, President of the Sweetener Users Association (SUA). “From large manufacturers to small businesses across the country, American companies depend on a reliable and adequate supply of sugar at reasonable prices to serve consumers and sustain American jobs.”