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Dairy Facts 2016

Sweetener Colloquium to Cover the State of Play in Sugar Policy

Nov 01, 2017

Current activities in the Trump Administration and Congress could have significant implications for the sweetener sector and companies that use sugar in their products. Negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement are underway while the effects of the newly modified sugar suspension agreements with Mexico are becoming clear, and Congress has begun efforts to renew the farm bill. How will sugar fare in these areas?

Policy experts at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14, will share their insights on what to expect on these topics and more affecting sweetener users in the year ahead. Registration is now open with an early-bird registration rate through Nov. 9.

One session, “U.S. Sugar Policy and the Farm Bill,” will feature panelists Paul Farmer, president, CSC Sugar LLC; Bill O’Conner, agriculture policy expert at Watkinson Miller PLLC; and Jack Roney, director of economics and policy analysis at the American Sugar Alliance.

The panel will be moderated by Rick Pasco, president of the Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

Sweetener Colloquium

For more than 30 years, the International Sweetener Colloquium has gathered key players from all sectors of the global sweetener industry to provide a dynamic look at the policies, politics and public perceptions that are driving today’s sweetener industry.

Co-hosted by IDFA and SUA, the event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, where key players from all sectors of the global sweetener industry will gather to discuss the current environment, challenging issues and the future of the industry.

“The International Sweetener Colloquium is one of the best places to connect with your industry colleagues, make new business contacts and develop stronger relationships with your customers,” said Pasco. “Come prepared to learn, to share your ideas and reconnect with your industry colleagues.”

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more details, contact Melissa Lembke, IDFA manager of meetings and educational services, at

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