Message from the Chairman

In the past four calendar years, U.S. refined sugar prices have ranged from 64 to 92 percent higher than on the world market. Largely as a result of government subsidies to the sugar industry, many food and beverage companies have found it extremely difficult to obtain adequate supplies of sugar. In years past, the anti-competitive effects of sugar subsidies have forced some of these companies to reluctantly move their facilities overseas.

Small businesses have been especially hard hit due to higher sugar costs – and many “mom and pop” stores have had to lay off employees, abandon plans for expansion, or close their doors altogether. Across America, families are struggling to pay their grocery bills to put food on the table.

The U.S. sugar program has played a major role in the loss of thousands of jobs in sugar-using industries nationwide. In fact, between 1997 and 2011, nearly 127,000 jobs were lost in these industries alone.

Enough is enough. That’s why a growing number of Congressional lawmakers are working to enact bipartisan, comprehensive reform of U.S. sugar policy.

But we can’t do it alone. In addition to much-needed Congressional support, we need boots on the ground to fight legislative battles, thank leaders who champion our cause, and advocate for policies that promote reform of sugar policy. We deserve a reasonable policy that recognizes the importance of our U.S. sugar growers while balancing the need for a level playing field that benefits both domestic growers and sugar-using companies.

We encourage you to join us by contacting your Member of Congress, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter to stay updated.

The impact of sugar policy is felt everywhere, from local food manufacturers to the grocery store aisle to the kitchen table. Now is the time to make a change.

Thank you for your support,

John Downs, Jr.
Chairman, Coalition for Sugar Reform
President & CEO, National Confectioners Association