WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2018) – In a new video released today, Washington-based Brown & Haley CEO, Pierson Clair, joins the chorus of voices calling for reform of the U.S. sugar program. The 105-year-old candy maker and distributor explains why the outdated U.S. sugar program is harming his business and employees.
The current sugar program artificially raises U.S. sugar prices to nearly twice the world average. “If I didn’t have to pay for domestic sugar, I would be investing in more equipment, I’d be hiring more people,” says Clair in this new video.
Today, American companies are at a competitive disadvantage. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that for every sugar-growing job saved through high U.S. sugar prices, approximately three American manufacturing jobs are lost.
As Clair explains, “The system does not allow for the typical kind of growth that would normally happen in the economy of the United States because the system is fundamentally broken. And, its broken by legislation so you can’t repair it, unless Congress comes to a moment in time that says ‘It’s time to end this 90-year-old system that makes no sense anymore.'”
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4265 / SB. 2086), introduced by a bicameral, bipartisan group of federal lawmakers late last year, would reform the outdated and outrageous program.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.
Brown & Haley 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The Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy (AFSP) is a broad-based coalition advocating to modernize the outdated and outrageous U.S. sugar program.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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