America’s sugar producers may be fierce competitors in the marketplace, but they regularly join forces on important issues like defending no-cost sugar policy and promoting a global market that is free of foreign subsidies.
Now, they’re teaming up for another worthy cause: Helping people in need.
The good work began when American Crystal Sugar Company, which is headquartered in Moorhead, Minn., made a much-needed donation to Louisiana flood relief.
“American Crystal recognizes their kinship with Louisiana’s sugarcane industry and wanted to help our state in its recovery from the August 2016 flood,” explained Jim Simon, head of the Louisiana-based American Sugar Cane League.
“Their genuine concern is indicative of just how tightly knit America’s sugar farmers are,” he continued. “Whether it’s sugarcane farmers from the south or beet farmers in the north, we are always concerned when there is a life-changing event in our communities.”
But the sugar industry wasn’t done. Next, the American Sugar Cane League, Domino Sugar, Imperial Sugar, and Louisiana Sugar Refining teamed up to donate 12,000 pounds of sugar to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
During Louisiana’s recent catastrophic floods, four feet of water flooded one of the food bank’s warehouse, destroying 570,000 pounds of purchased and donated food.
“The sugar refiners, millers, individual farmers and many others in the agricultural community are very concerned about hunger in south Louisiana and will do whatever we can to help,” Simon said.
At the American Sugar Alliance, we are always humbled to see the generosity and cooperative spirit of our members. And we’ve see these same kinds of charitable efforts from sugar producers time and time again – just last week, Michigan Sugar partnered with the United Way to supply 40 Michigan food banks with a total of15,000 pounds of sugar.
The sugar family always seem willing to put people first. Unfortunately, sugar producers may soon get another chance to work cooperatively for struggling communities as Florida deals with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.