Analysis of U.S. Organic Sugar Imports & Consumption

An analysis of U.S. organic sugar imports and consumption prepared for the American Sugar Alliance by S&P Global Commodity Insights.

PRESS RELEASE: Sugar Policy Supports American Farm Families and Blue-Collar Jobs Says Minnesota Farmer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 2, 2023 Washington, D.C. – Today, Neil Rockstad, a sugarbeet farmer from Ada, Minnesota, testified before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade. On behalf of the American Sugar Alliance, he thanked Chairwoman Tina Smith (D-MN) and Ranking Member Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) for listening to the needs of […]

Neil Rockstad Testimony Before the Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade

Neil Rockstad, Vice President for the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade in May 2023 on the need for sound U.S. sugar policy.

PRESS RELEASE: Sugar Farmers Urge Members of Congress to Support American Farmers and Workers for Food Security  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   April 26, 2023  Washington, D.C. – Today, Patrick Frischhertz, a sugarcane grower from Plaquemine, Louisiana testified before the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Risk Management, and Credit. He thanked Chairman Austin Scott (R-GA-8) and Ranking Member Shontel Brown (D-OH-11) for listening to the needs of American producers as they craft the […]

Sales and Costs of Confectionery Industries in North America

North America confectionery sales increased from just over $26 billion in 2008 to a record $37.8 billion in 2019. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of total North America confectionery product sales for that period was 3.4%. The US accounted for more than 75% of North America confectionery sales in 2019, followed by Mexico with […]

University of Tennessee Study on Profitability of Sugar-Using Firms

A  study by the University of Tennessee find that over the past 10 years, candy corporations have posted high profits and a nearly double the return on investment compared to an average publicly traded U.S. firm. The high profitability and low volatility of the industry can be attributed, in part, to U.S. sugar policy, which provides […]

The Economic Impact of the U.S. Sugar Industry

America’s sugar farming families and workers support more than 151,000 jobs across more than two dozen states and contribute more than $23 billion to the economy each year, according to a study from the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Rob Johansson Testimony Before the House Committee on Agriculture

Dr. Rob Johansson, Director of Economics and Policy Analysis at the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), testified before the House Committee on Agriculture in March 2022 on the importance of supporting America’s sugar farmers, producers, and sugar supply chain by maintaining a strong U.S. sugar policy in the 2023 Farm Bill.

Univ. of Tennessee Study Rejects Candy Lobby’s Long-Held Accusations

Drs. Karen DeLong and Carlos Trejo-Pech, of the University of Tennessee, found that the retail cost of sweetened products is not affected by the price that food manufacturers pay for sugar. In fact, sugar generally accounts for less than 2.6 percent of sweetened product prices.

The Resiliency of America’s Sugar Supply Chain

America’s sugar supply chain proved resilient in the face of immense challenges in 2019 and 2020, in large part due to the stability provided by U.S. farm and trade policies, the American Sugar Alliance stated in a report submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Russia’s Sugar Industry: Transformation with Government Intervention

The report, authored by Patrick H. Chatenay and Sergey Gudoshnikov, not only details how Russia engineered a sudden shift in sugar production, transforming from one of the world’s biggest sugar importers to a net exporter of sugar, but also why the government sought to regenerate its domestic sugar industry.

Charts and Graphs

Download charts and graphs on the economics of the global sugar market.

Country-by-Country Sugar Subsidy Developments

Compiled by ASA staff using USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network reports.

The European Union Sugar Industry at World Market Prices

After more than half a century as a highly regulated sugar policy, with minimum prices and domestic sales’ quotas, the European Union’s Sugar Regime was liberalized from October 1, 2017. From then on, producers would freely decide how much to supply, a large amount of duty-free imports were available and prices were to be determined by supply and demand. “Market forces” would rule. Click here for the full report.

An Examination of Foreign Subsidies and Trade Policies For Sugar

The International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness (ICAC) at Texas Tech hosts and maintains a database of subsidies and trade policy information for public use. The report summarizes the information obtained and housed in the database relating to sugar in key producing, consuming, exporting, and importing countries. Click here for the full report.

The Myth of High U.S. Sugar Prices

Do American consumers pay triple the world price for sugar? No.

Indian sugar policy: Government role in production expansion, and transition from importer to exporter

Prepared by Antoine Meriot, Sugar Expertise LLC, for the American Sugar Alliance (ASA.)

Analysis of the Coalition for Sugar Reform Amendments to U.S. Sugar Policy: Potential Effect on Policy and Industry

Dr. Joe Outlaw and Dr. James Richardson, co-directors of Texas A&M’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center.

Economic Effects of U.S. Sugar Policy

Professor Alexander J. Triantis Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Domestic and International Sugar Prices: Differences, Links, Indications of Import Protection and Export Support

A report for the American Sugar Alliance by Patrick H. Chatenay, President, ProSunergy (UK) Ltd.

Thailand’s Sugar Policy: Government Drives Production and Export Expansion

Prepared by Antoine Meriot, Sugar Expertise LLC, for the American Sugar Alliance (ASA.)

The Confectionary Industries in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico: Trends in Structure, Domestic Production and Use, Trade and Cost Comparisons

Buzzanell and Associates, Inc.

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