WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 28, 2018) – In a new video released today, New Jersey-based Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc. CEO Michael Rosenberg joins the chorus of voices calling for the modernization of the U.S. sugar program. The manufacturer of fruit snacks and other popular brand name confections explains why the outdated U.S. sugar program is harming his business and employees.
“We are one of the 50 largest employers in the state,” Rosenberg notes. “We’d be able to do a lot more in terms of job creation if it weren’t for the fact that we are at a competitive disadvantage with sugar prices in the U.S. versus our competitors abroad.”
Rosenberg goes on to describe how the current sugar program artificially raises U.S. sugar prices to nearly twice the world average. The result is that American companies are at a competitive disadvantage and have fewer resources to invest back into their companies, workers, and communities. “We’re simply asking that the sugar program be reformed so that we and the United States can compete globally,” he says.
The Sugar Policy Modernization Act (H.R. 4265 / SB. 2086), introduced by a bicameral, bipartisan group of federal lawmakers late last year, would reform the outdated and outrageous program. The proposal creates an adequate supply of sugar based on a reasonable competitive approach that reaches from the farm to the retail shelf – without risking an appropriate safety net for farmers. Congress can reform the U.S. sugar program this year as part of its consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill, which sets government agriculture policy.
Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc. isn’t alone in calling on Congress to reform the U.S. sugar program. To hear what others are saying, watch the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy’s new video series.
The Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy (AFSP) is a broad-based coalition advocating to modernize the outdated and outrageous U.S. sugar program. Formed by a sizeable group of small, family-owned businesses and manufacturers, retailers, food and beverage companies, trade associations, environmental advocates, taxpayer watchdog organizations, responsible government advocates, think tanks and other organizations, the group’s goal is to help level the playing field for American manufacturers and their families when it comes to being able to create jobs. To learn more about the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy and the need for sugar reform, please visit FairSugarPolicy.org.
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