The sweetener users are often at odds with the growers and processors, hoping to push prices lower. American Sugar Alliance Director of Economics and Political Analysis Jack Roney says there may be a growing recognition that it does not benefit the sweetener users if farmers go out of business. “This year is a case in point; we had severe weather problems in the Red River Valley and other areas. They have to rely on more imports, which they don’t like because it doesn’t come in at the same quality (and) it comes in bags rather than bulk.” Compared to foreign markets, Roney says U.S. producers provide a consistent, high quality product.
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