Food Business News
By: Ron Sterk
Sugar users expressed broad support for and urged passage of the 2013 Sugar Reform Act, bipartisan legislation introduced in both houses of Congress Thursday seeking changes to the U.S. sugar program.
“The current U.S. sugar program is a major impediment to job creation for all food manufacturers, including thousands of U.S. bakers small and large,” said Robb MacKie, president and chief executive officer of the American Bakers Association. “Archaic sugar policies have driven costs up for U.S. bakers and consumers to unmanageable levels for far too long. Now is the time for Congress to support reform that will level the playing field and allow bakers and other food manufacturers to create new jobs,” Mr. MacKie said.
The legislation seeks to repeal trade restrictions that limit the secretary of agriculture from allowing additional sugar imports when needed and to repeal the Feedstock Flexibility Program, which channels excess sugar supply to ethanol production. The feedstock program was introduced in the 2008 farm bill and is expected to be implemented for the first time this year as excess sugar supply has pushed raw and refined sugar prices near U.S. Department of Agriculture forfeiture levels for the first time in several years.
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