Durbin Talks Trade With National Confectioners Association

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today met with representatives from the National Confectioners Association (NCA), Ferrara Candy, Bazooka Candy, and Haribo USA to discuss the current federal sugar program that limits the amount of sugar imported or grown domestically, keeping consumer sugar prices higher than elsewhere in the world.  During their meeting, Durbin and the confectioners spoke about the benefits of the Sugar Reform Act, cosponsored by Durbin, which would eliminate the requirement that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) control the sugar marketplace.  This reform would allow for more imports of lower-priced sugar while maintaining the most important safety net for sugar producers.

“It was a sweet treat to meet with the Illinois members of the National Confectioners Association,” said Durbin. “We had a productive conversation about the U.S. sugar market and how we can reform the current program to keep Illinois candy manufacturers competitive in a global marketplace.” 

A photo of the meeting is available here.