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Sacramento Bee Slams Unchanged Sugar Subsidies

February 5, 2014
by Candy & Snack TODAY

Sacramento, CA — On the heels of the Farm Bill passage, which excluded changes to the U.S. sugar program, Sacramento Bee Columnist Bruce Maiman highlighted hypocrisies in the unchanged subsidy policy.

In the column, which ran Tuesday, February 4, Maiman points out that retaining the current program costs consumers and food manufacturers nearly $3.5 billion annually, quoting the figure from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough, CA).

He also notes that for each sugar-growing job saved by the U.S. sugar program, nearly three confectionery manufacturing jobs are lost. In addition, Miaman reports that the U.S. saw a 22 percent drop in confectionery manufacturing employment between 1998 and 2011.

Bob Simpson, COO of Jelly Belly Candy Co. and NCA chairman, is quoted in the piece saying that there are less than 2,000 sugar production jobs in California, while there are nearly 92,000 jobs in the sugar-using industries in the state. Further, Miaman reports that there are 61,000 Americans currently working in the sugar industry, compared with 988,000 in sugar-using businesses.

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