Plan now to attend the 36th International Sweetener Symposium, to be held August 2-7, 2019, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Attendance at next year’s Symposium is a must for everyone in the industry to see where Congress stands with a new Farm Bill and what it means for the sugar industry. How will the Administration’s commitment to renegotiate trade agreements, enforce import tariffs and rebalance trade affect agriculture? With another year of the U.S.-Mexico sugar agreement behind us, how’s it working for all parties? Additional program topics will include the U.S. and world market outlook and the effect of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements on world sugar policies and U.S. commodity programs.

Open since 1913, the Omni Grove Park Inn is comprised of the historic Main Inn featuring renovated rooms typical of the period, as well as two contemporary wings of sleeping rooms. The resort features a world-class spa, the Donald Ross designed 18-hole championship golf course, exquisite dining experiences, a sports complex, a village of shops and boutiques, a children’s center, and more. Lodging includes historic rooms, and modern rooms.

A run-of-house rate of $299 will be offered. The room block will open by March 12019.  In the meantime, please go forward with making your transportation plans. For more information on the Grove Park Inn, visit

Located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, Asheville is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a comfortable altitude of 2,300 ft. above sea level. It boasts Appalachian charm, picturesque views, and a bounty of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, and many other activities. The area is also well known for its cultural, architectural and historical attractions. One of the primary attractions is the Biltmore Estate, the world’s largest private home, built by George Vanderbilt in 1895.

The eclectic town of Asheville is less than two miles away from the Omni Grove Park Inn and is home to galleries and restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, and the second largest collection of art deco architecture in the United States. The area is also famous for its Appalachian arts and crafts, attractions, and breathtaking views on America’s most scenic highway – the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Getting to Asheville is easy with the Asheville airport located just 9 miles from the resort. Additional area airports include, Greenville, SC (1.5 hours), Charlotte, NC (2 hours) and Knoxville, TN (2 hours).

Traditionally 400-500 people attend the Symposium to hear the most significant and timely issues affecting the industry and to network with their sweetener industry colleagues. In addition to the compelling program content, the Symposium schedule allows free time every afternoon to enhance your industry relations in this comfortable setting. Preliminary program and registration materials available in May. This is one sweetener industry meeting you won’t want to miss—mark your calendar for this important must-attend event!


August 2 (Friday)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Registration
All Day – Optional Tours

August 3 (Saturday)
8:00a.m.-7:00p.m. – Registration
All Day – Optional Tours
6:00-7:00p.m. – Meet & Greet Reception

August 4 (Sunday)
8:00a.m.-9:00p.m. – Registration
All Day – Optional Tours
8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. – ASA Golf Tournament
6:30-9:00p.m. – Welcome Reception Gala

August 5 (Monday)
7:30-9:00a.m. – Breakfast Session
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. – General Session
12:00-2:00p.m. – ASA Annual Meeting/Luncheon Session
Afternoon & Evening On Your Own

August 6 (Tuesday)
7:30a.m.- 9:00a.m. – Breakfast Session
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. – General Session
Lunch & Afternoon – On Your Own
6:00-10:00p.m. – Dinner Event

August 7 (Wednesday)
7:30-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast Session
9:00-10:00 a.m. – General Session
10:00 a.m. – Adjournment