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Industry Issues Index

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

Topic: Sugar Policy

Overview:

Current U.S sugar policy limits the supply and inflates the price of sugar, creating a serious business challenge for the U.S. confectionery and sugar-using industry.

Statement:

Current U.S. sugar policies artificially limit the supply of refined sugar available to domestic candy makers, making it difficult for them to obtain supplies at a reasonable cost. 

  • This creates a competitive advantage for foreign candy companies who pay much lower world sugar prices and import their candies into the U.S. market. 
  • For smaller U.S. candy companies, the tight market created by these policies can threaten availability of supply regardless of price, putting U.S. jobs at serious risk.

NCA supports reform of the current U.S. sugar program to put an end to tight sugar supplies, high sugar prices, plant closures and relocations, job losses, government waste and government intrusion on domestic sugar production.