The Coalition for Sugar Reform is an alliance of consumers, food and beverage manufacturers, trade advocacy groups, environmental organizations, taxpayer watchdog organizations, responsible government advocates, think tanks, and other interests.
We welcome other individuals, small businesses and organizations to join the Coalition. Please contact us if you would like additional information about our mission and ongoing activities to reform U.S. sugar policy.
Current members of the Coalition for Sugar Reform include:
Consumer Advocacy Groups and Public Policy Organizations
Americans for Tax Reform
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan, and opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. The organization believes in a system in which taxes are simpler, flatter, more visible and lower than they are today. The government’s power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. ATR believes that power should be minimized.
Club for Growth
Club for Growth is a national network of thousands of pro-growth Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. The organization promotes public policies that encourage a high growth economy and a swift return to America’s founding principles primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI’s mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics.
Consumer Federation of America
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nearly 300 non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CCAGW’s mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.
National Consumers League
The National Consumers League (NCL) is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since the organization’s founding in 1899. NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
National Taxpayers Union
Founded in 1969, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) proudly serves as the “Voice of America’s Taxpayers,” fighting to ensure that all Americans are able to pursue their dreams without the heavy hand of government holding them back. NTU is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group whose members work every day for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels.
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. TPA, through its network of taxpayers will hold politicians accountable for the effects of their policies on the size, scope, efficiency and activity of government and offer real solutions to runaway deficits and debt.
Trade and Business Organizations
Emergency Committee for American Trade
The Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) is an association of the chief executives of leading U.S. business enterprises with global operations, and was founded more than four decades ago to promote economic growth through expansionary trade and investment policies. Today, ECAT’s members represent all the principal sectors of the U.S. economy – agriculture, finance, high technology, manufacturing, merchandising, processing, publishing and services. ECAT companies are strong supporters of global, regional and bilateral negotiations and policies to eliminate tariffs, remove non-tariff barriers and promote trade liberalization and investment worldwide.
National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the preeminent U.S. manufacturers association as well as the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lion’s share of private sector research and development.
National Black Chamber of Commerce
The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States. The NBCC reaches 100,000 of the 2.1 million Black-owned businesses in the United States, which account for over $138 billion in revenue each year according to the U.S. Bureau of Census.
National Foreign Trade Council
The National Foreign Trade Council is a private sector advocate for rules-based open market access for cross-border trade, investment and employment. Founded in 1914 by a group of American companies that supported an open world trading system, the NFTC and its affiliates now serve more than 300 member companies through offices in Washington and New York.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96 percent of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer.
Bullsugar.org is a grassroots organization founded on the belief that stopping the damaging discharges to our coasts and restoring the Everglades is not a science or engineering problem. The organization is dedicated to protecting Florida’s waterways, which have been devastated by massive sugar-producing operations that are subsidized by the federal sugar program.
The Everglades Trust is a corporation created to ensure Everglades restoration is completed on time and on budget, and is the only watchdog group working solely on Everglades issues. It partners with other environmental groups, state and federal officials, citizens and taxpayers to force polluters to stop damaging these vital environmental resources, to pay their fair share for restoration, and to overcome their well-heeled lobbying efforts to disrupt and delay the restoration process.
Baking and Confectionery Associations
American Bakers Association
The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry, which generates more than $70 billion in economic activity annually. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities, advocating on behalf of more than 700 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families.
Independent Bakers Association
The Independent Bakers Association (IBA) is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association of more than 400 mostly family-owned wholesale bakeries and allied industry trades. The Association was founded in 1968 to protect the interests of independent wholesale bakers from antitrust and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions, pressure Congress to support market-oriented farm commodity programs, and seek representation to consider federal labor, tax and environmental law.
National Confectioners Association
NCA candy makers have been manufacturing candy, one of life’s little pleasures, since 1884. Today, NCA represents 320 companies that manufacture and market the vast majority of chocolate confectionery, sugar confectionery and gum sold in the United States, 225 companies who supply those manufacturers, and 115 companies who serve as third-party sales agents for manufacturers, known as brokers. Confectionery manufacturers are located in more than 40 states, with a particular concentration in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, and California. Many of the industry’s manufacturers are now fourth and fifth generation family-owned companies that were started before the turn of the century, and have long histories of engaging with and supporting their local communities.
Retail Bakers of America
The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that is committed to the success of the retail baking industry. RBA’s members are retail bakers, as well as baking instructors, students and suppliers of ingredients, equipment, supplies and services. RBA offers retail bakeries knowledge and resources to enhance business operations through learning opportunities, shared best practices, networking and industry communication.
Retail Confectioners International
Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association composed of approximately 600 manufacturing retailers of quality boxed chocolate and other confectionery products throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas.
Food and Beverage Associations
American Beverage Association
The American Beverage Association (ABA) is the national voice for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry, representing hundreds of beverage producers, distributors, franchise companies and support industries. ABA serves as liaison between the industry, government and the public, providing a unified voice in legislative and regulatory matters.
American Frozen Food Institute
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the national trade association promoting and representing the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry. AFFI works to foster industry development and growth, and advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf.
Food Marketing Institute
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) represents retailers and wholesalers of food and consumer products. FMI conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its 1,500 member companies, and provides leadership by promoting their role in feeding families and enriching the lives of their customers.
Grocery Manufacturers Association
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. Based in Washington, D.C., GMA’s member organizations include internationally recognized brands as well as steadily growing, localized brands. The food, beverage and consumer products industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.
International Dairy Foods Association
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA’s 220 dairy processing members and their 175 divisions, subsidiaries, and joint ventures run nearly 575 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.
Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association
Established in 1939, the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA) has spent more than 70 years representing the owners and operators of companies (large and small) who shell, process, market or sell, salt and/or roast peanuts and tree nuts. In addition, PTNPA members also supply equipment and services that are critical to the success of the nut industry.
SNAC International is the international trade association of the snack food industry representing snack manufacturers and suppliers. Founded in 1937, SFA represents more than 400 companies worldwide.
Sweetener Users Association
The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) represents companies who utilize nutritive sweeteners in their business operations, as well as trade associations to which these companies belong. SUA endeavors to make U.S. sugar policy more market-oriented, both domestically and internationally.
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