SUA Seeks Government Action to Ease Market Impact of Sugar Refinery Disaster
IDFA is joining with other member organizations of the Sweetener Users Association to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take swift action to make more imported refined sugar available for the U.S. market in the aftermath of the explosion and fire that occurred late last week at Imperial Sugar Company's refinery near Savannah, Ga. This refinery accounted for nearly 10% of the total refined sugar available to the U.S. market, as well as a variety of specialty sugars. It is unknown how long the refinery will remain closed, but damage is reportedly extensive.
"We will pursue all available opportunities to make sure sufficient supplies exist for sugar-using companies," said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and an officer of the Sweetener Users Association. "After discussions with USDA, an assessment will be made of all of our options."
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Posted February 11, 2008