Candy-Makers Heartened By Strong Vote Against Sugar Program

Erik Wasson, The Hill: A coalition of sugar-using industries, including candy-makers, said Wednesday that it was heartening that 46 senators voted in the floor to end the U.S. sugar program even

Rep. Jackie Speier Visits Ghiradelli

On April 3, 2012, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) visited the Ghiradelli Chocolate Company in her district.  Rep. Speier is co-sponsor of sugar reform legislation, including H.R. 1739, the Free Sugar Act of 2011 and H.R. 1385, the Free Market Sugar Act.

“Sweet Facts” on the Need for U.S. Sugar Reform in the 2012 Farm Bill

Learn more about how reforming the U.S. sugar program will help to create as many as 20,000 U.S. jobs annually and generate savings for American consumers of up to $3.5 billion a year by reading the Coalition’s “Sweet Facts” e-newsletters.

Lugar visits Hobart candy business as part of ‘sweet jobs’ tour

Northwest Indiana Times
By: Deborah Laverty

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar didn’t sugarcoat his message Tuesday as he toured a regional candy company on U.S. 30.

“A spoonful of sugar costs us nearly twice as much in this country because of the federal government’s current sugar policy,” Lugar said.

Lugar, a Republican facing a primary challenge next year from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, said he is working to change the sugar policy in existence since the New Deal programs enacted in the 1930s.

Prior to the tour of Albanese Nut and Candy Co., Lugar was greeted by Scott Albanese, who heads the family-owned business.

“Tell the government to leave us alone,” Albanese told Lugar. “We appreciate that your are leading the charge.”

Lugar is proposing — as part of the Free Sugar Act of 2011 — to eliminate the federally-mandated program that controls the supply of sugar available to Americans. Lugar said his reform would free small businesses and consumers from paying government-inflated prices.

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Sen. Lugar says sugar subsidies should be repealed during visit to S. Ind. candy shop

The Republic

NASHVILLE, Ind. — U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is supporting a push to repeal federal sugar subsidies, saying they were “concocted by law to favor a very few.”

The Republican lawmaker made the comments Saturday during a stop at the Candy Dish, a Nashville confectionary that’s a popular stop in the southern Indiana tourist town.

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