National Confectioners Association Applauds Bill to Reform U.S. Sugar Program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2017) – In response to the introduction of The Sugar Policy Modernization Act (HR 4265 / SB 2086) by U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), the National Confectioners Association issued the following statement:

“We applaud the sponsors of this bicameral, bipartisan legislation for their efforts to level the playing field for consumers and businesses by reforming this Depression-era policy that hurts so many while benefiting just a few.

The benefits of sugar subsidies and protections go directly to just 14 sugar beet and sugar cane producers in a few states. This is at the expense of American taxpayers and to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of people who are employed by companies that use sugar as an ingredient in their products.

America’s chocolate and candy companies alone support 465,000 jobs; and when Congress reforms the sugar program, we’re ready to create even more. We look forward to working with members of Congress and other key stakeholders to support these critical reforms.”

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The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries. Learn more about the “Power of Sweet” at CandyUSA.com, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.