Big Sugar and Big Candy are continuing their lobbying beef over the federal government's sugar program, and now a sweet -- and snarky -- gift is being offered as part of the fight.
Sugar farmers and the candy industry disagree over whether federal price supports are needed for sugar production. Big sugar takes issue with big candy's characterization of there being a sugar shortage, citing USDA estimates of surplus sugar in the American market.
To highlight their point, United Sugars Corporation farmers have dispatched a truck containing 20 tons of sugar to remain on standby for delivery to top candy lobbyist Larry Graham.
"Simply put, America is awash in surplus sugar right now and prices are plummeting as a result," a letter from USC to Graham reads. "... If there is a single food manufactuer in America that can't find sugar, we are unaware of it. Since apparently you have different information, we have dispatched a truck filled with 20 tons of sugar to the Washington, D.C. area that we are happy to deliver to your office."
The truck, which has 800 bags of sugar, each 50 lbs., is waiting at a carrier’s distribution yard in Carlisle, Penn., until at least Wednesday. USC paid for the truck and its transport, and declined to disclose its cost.
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