August 13, 2009
Possible Sugar Shortage Ahead
From the Wall Street Journal:
Food Firms Warn of Sugar Shortage
BY SCOTT KILMAN, CAROLYN CUI AND ILAN BRAT
Some of America's biggest food companies say the U.S. could "virtually run out of sugar" if the Obama administration doesn't ease import restrictions amid soaring prices for the key commodity.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, the big brands -- including Kraft Foods Inc., General Mills Inc., Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. -- bluntly raised the prospect of a severe shortage of sugar used in chocolate bars, breakfast cereal, cookies, chewing gum and thousands of other products.
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