Hagstrom Report / The Fence Post: Official: NAFTA withdrawal would mean 15 cent Mexican sugar tariff

If President Donald Trump withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. tariff on sugar imports from Mexico would revert to the 15 cents per pound level in place before NAFTA went into effect, Jason Hafemeister, trade adviser to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, told the International Sweetener Colloquium, a meeting of sweetener users…

2018 International Sweetener Colloquium

The Colloquium has long been considered the industry’s premier meeting. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss the most pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry. The Colloquium will be held from February 11-14, 2018, at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL.            …

Food Business News: Legislation introduced to reform sugar program

Bipartisan legislation to reform the controversial U.S. sugar program was introduced on Nov. 7, prompting quick responses from sugar users and producers. … The Sweetener Users Association (S.U.A.) said the legislation “leaves in place smart protections to ensure the sugar market operates freely without unnecessary government intrusion,” and that such reform was long overdue. “The…

Perishable News: Sweetener Users Call On NAFTA Negotiators To Expand Sugar Trade, Outline Negotiating Objectives

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…

Candy & Snack Today: Bloomberg Report Sheds Light On Political Influence Of Top Sugar Producers

A story breaking this week from Bloomberg Politics details the political influence of the most powerful family in the sugar industry, the Fanjuls. The report focuses on the family’s massive wealth, formed on the backs of hardworking taxpayers, and how they have used that wealth to curry favor to insulate the U.S. sugar program from much needed reform.…