U.S. sugar program pitting growers against soda and candy firmsSoda and candy makers seek to end a program that keeps U.S. sugar prices high by restricting imports. U.S. growers say that part of the farm bill, up for renewal, is vital.
Los Angeles Times
Jul. 08, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Makers of sodas, candy bars and other sweetened snacks are taking aim at a long-standing federal program that keeps sugar prices high by restricting imports.
Doing away with the sugar program would be a "huge boost" to candy makers and help them grow, said Robert Simpson Jr., president of Jelly Belly Candy Co., which has factories in Fairfield, Calif., Chicago and Thailand.
But the efforts of manufacturers are sparking intense opposition among lawmakers from sugar-growing states and the sugar lobby, as well as from some public health advocates.