Candy is a big company in the United States, the sugar industry is worried about politics
American confectioners are doing pretty well, but is there a threat to the sugar industry? It happens on This Land of Ours.
It seems the United States has a sweet tooth, which means big profits for the candy makers. According to National Association of Confectionersconfectionery sales in the United States will reach $44.9 billion by 2026an increase of more than 20% over the $36.9 billion in sales last year.
But while that may sound nice to confectionery companies, it leaves a bad taste for some, like the president of the American Association of Sugar Beet Growers Nate Hultgren. He says, “It’s insulting that multibillion-dollar corporations post high profits while shouting at the poor in Congress as they try to dismantle the policy that protects his farm.
The dispute centers on proposals that sugar industry players say would weaken the country’s sugar policies. Several lawmakers agree and have sent a letter to the USDA asking the department not to adopt these policies. The group was bipartisan and included several senators from sugar-producing states.
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National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.
Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.