The Hagstrom Report: Sugar growers ‘surprised’ at sugar import size, users see need for more

The American Sugar Alliance, which represents beet and cane growers, and the Sweetener Users Association, which represents candy companies and other industrial users of sugar, had remarkably different reactions to the Agriculture Department’s announcement Wednesday that it had raised the tariff rate import quotas on raw and refined sugar to address the shortage of sugar caused by a poor beet harvest in the Midwest and a poor cane harvest in Louisiana due to severe weather problems. …