SUA Letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack – Sugar Supply Issue (9-21-21)

Dear Mr. Secretary: On behalf of the Sweetener Users Association (SUA), I write to respectfully but urgently request that you take action to increase domestic sugar supplies, which remain inadequate in a market characterized by unreasonably high prices, despite some recent policy actions by the Department of Agriculture. While welcome, these actions fell short of…

SUA Letter to AUS Hafemeister & DUS Greene – Hurricane Ida Sugar Supply Issue (8-30-21)

Dear Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene: At this writing, two major sugar refineries in Louisiana are shut down as a result of Hurricane Ida. According to Sosland Publishing, these two refineries account for approximately 15 percent of the U.S. sugar supply. With domestic raw sugar prices at multi-year highs, it…

SUA Letter to AUS Hafemeister & DUS Greene – Early Entry Sugar Supply Issue (8-13-21)

Dear Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene: The August 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continue to show the need for additional raw sugar supplies in the U.S. market. Compared to last month’s forecasts, the supply of new-crop beet sugar in August and September was reduced by 50,000 short tons,…

Specialty Sugar TRQ – SUA Letter to Acting Under Secretary Jason Hafemeister & Deputy Under Secretary Gloria Montano Greene (7-6-2021)

Dear Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene: Recently, you have received conflicting letters from sugar market participants discussing potential changes to how the specialty sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) is administered. The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciated the chance to discuss these potential changes with your staff recently and would like to…

SUA Supply Chain Comments (6-21-2021)

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on “Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products.”  The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) comprises companies that use sugar and other caloric sweeteners to make foods and beverages, as well as trade associations representing these companies.  Sweetener-using segments of the food industry directly employ…