High sugar prices sour the mood on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2024
Manufacturers of sweets and candies face rising costs for sugar and cocoa due to weather patterns and disease denting supply.
The costs of both sugar and cocoa have climbed — making the costs of Valentine's Day chocolates rather bittersweet for candy lovers.
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Here’s why you can’t find 5-pound sugar bags anymore

Apr 24, 2023
The classic pantry staple can tell us a lot about competition in the grocery space and U.S. sugar policy.
Shed a tear for the 5-pound bag of sugar and make room for its lighter sibling.
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Will you be paying more for sugar this year?

Jun 9, 2017
With price of sugar going up, more candy could be produced outside of the U.S.
Is your baking about to get more expensive due to the new sugar deal?
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U.S. and Mexico resolve sticky dispute over sugar imports

Jun 6, 2017
The U.S. and Mexico announced a deal on sugar exports today. The agreement comes after years of dispute between the two nations and gives better terms to the powerful American sugar lobby. The negotiations have been tough, and officials are relieved to have avoided an all-out trade war over sugar. But prices for the sweet […]

Sugar plantation closure marks end of a way of life in Hawaii

Dec 9, 2016
At its peak in the 1930’s, sugar employed 50,000 people across the islands.
HC&S VP of factory operations Robert Luuwai, walks through the sugar mill on Maui for one of the last times.
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Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to resign next year

Dec 9, 2016
He steps down in the face of declining soda sales, but will remain in the company as chairman.
 Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent speaks on stage during a summit in New York last year.
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Pepsi looking for sweeter returns, but cutting sugar

Oct 17, 2016
Pepsi plans to cut calories in two-thirds of its drinks to target obesity.
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Sugar beet growers don't understand GMO worries

Aug 2, 2016
Big food manufacturers like Hershey's are saying they will start using non-GMO cane sugar instead of beet sugar.
Farmer Bill Hejl in Amenia, North Dakota says switching to genetically modified sugar beets has lowered his overall herbicide use and his carbon footprint, as he has to run machinery over his fields less often to manage weeds.
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Food labels to show 'added sugar' amounts in products

May 20, 2016
The FDA is updating the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages.
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What food companies learn from a smart-mouthed robot

Feb 15, 2016
A mechanical mouth is helping some big food companies reformulate products.
When the mechanical mouth at the University of Minnesota's Dentistry School chews a piece of cereal, the computer it's hooked up to registers the audio frequencies emitted.
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