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.…

The Daily Signal: Sugar Subsidies Are a Lose-Lose for American Workers and Consumers (Op-Ed by Erin Bardin, Member, Young Leaders Program & Bryan Riley, Jay Van Andel Senior Analyst in Trade Policy, The Heritage Foundation)

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross commented: “We have gotten the Mexican side to agree to nearly every request made by U.S. industry to address flaws in the current system and ensure fair treatment of American sugar growers and refiners.” But according to the Sweetener Users Association: “Even tighter controls on the total volume of sugar in…