ASA Statement on Loan Forfeitures

The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about today’s announcement that sugar was forfeited to the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to depressed sugar prices.

“A wave of unneeded, subsidized Mexican sugar has sent U.S. prices plummeting since 2010, and as a result, some sugar producers will be unable to repay government-backed operating loans with interest. It is unfortunate for America’s farmers and taxpayers that the United States has become a dumping ground for subsidized Mexican sugar, much of which is produced and owned by the Mexican government.

Food Trends: New Opportunities for Manufacturers and Consumers

From the International Sweetener Symposium:NAPA, Calif.—An ever-evolving food marketplace, driven by consumer demand and tastes, is creating new opportunities and challenges for food manufacturers, according to a panel of experts at the 30th International Sweetener Symposium.

“An overwhelming majority of Americans are receptive to positive messages about a healthful diet,” said Marianne Smith Edge, senior VP, nutrition & food safety, the International Food Information Council (IFIC). “But their willingness to believe food and health information is most influenced by their own research, as well as advice from friends and family before a qualified health professional.”

Momentum Building for ‘Zero-for-Zero’ Sugar Policy

Legislation introduced by Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) to end global sugar subsidies in favor of a free market has picked up key endorsements in recent weeks, including many conservative organizations and numerous lawmakers.

Yoho’s bill would instruct the administration to target the foreign sugar subsidies that are distorting world prices. Once foreign subsidies are eradicated, U.S. sugar policy would be eliminated.

Weakened Sugar Policy Would Have Profound Impact on Sugar Jobs, Little Impact on Food Company Employment

When both chambers of the United States Congress voted this summer to continue U.S. sugar policy, it was a big victory for the 142,000 jobs supported by the sugar industry, according to University of Maryland Professor Alexander Triantis. “A weakened sugar policy would have a profound effect on sugar related jobs,” he said today at the 30th International Sweetener Symposium. “But I’ve found no evidence that sugar price affects jobs in the sugar-using industry.”

ASA Statement on House Sugar Policy Vote

The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about today’s bipartisan vote in the United States House of Representatives to reject a Farm Bill amendment offered by Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to gut America’s sugar policy.

“Once again, legislators have turned back attempts to reward heavily subsidized foreign sugar producers and leave America more dependent on other countries for a food staple.

ASA Statement On Senate Farm Bill Passage

The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about yesterday’s overwhelming vote to approve S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act.

“We commend Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for passing a bipartisan Farm Bill at a time when political bickering has become the norm. The fiscally responsible bill that emerged contains a strong sugar policy, and on behalf of the 142,000 Americans employed by the sugar-producing sector, we’d like to say, ‘Thank you.’

Sugar Farmers Remind Lawmakers of WWII Rationing

Every Capitol Hill office today received a personalized replica of a 1940s-era sugar rationing coupon(front, back), compliments of the American Sugar Alliance (ASA). The delivery, which comes in the middle of Farm Bill deliberations, is intended to remind lawmakers about the consequences of again becoming dependent on foreign sugar supplies.

“Dependence on foreign sugar led to rationing during World War II. Don’t make the same mistake again by outsourcing our sugar production,” warned the mailer.

Brazil’s $2.5 Billion a Year Sugar Subsidies Exposed

A complex web of Brazilian government programs provides nearly $2.5 billion per year in sugar subsidies, giving Brazil a leg up on its competitors and distorting global prices, according to a new report released today.

“This report underscores the importance of maintaining the current U.S. sugar policy, which was designed to shield consumers from foreign market manipulation and ensure an affordable, homegrown supply of a food staple,” said Jack Roney of the American Sugar Alliance.

UMD Professor: Candy Industry Thriving Under Current Sugar Policy

U.S. Sugar Jobs Will Be Lost If Policy Is Weakened

WASHINGTON—Confectioners and other producers of sugar-containing products (SCP) are adding more jobs, growing revenues faster and achieving higher profitability than other food processing segments, according to a new report released today that examines the economic effects of U.S. sugar policy.

“The SCP industry has been faring very well under current U.S. policy,” found the report’s author, University of Maryland Professor Alexander J. Triantis, Ph.D. The findings stand in contrast to claims by candy industry lobbyists that sugar policy has caused economic hardship.