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   North Carolina Bakers Hold Roundtable To Discuss The Need For Sugar Reform
by American Bakers Association
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 3:32PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The American Bakers Association (ABA) hosted a roundtable discussion with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) today on the need for modest reforms to the U.S. Sugar Program in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Bakers and suppliers from all over North Carolina, including Dewey’s Bakery, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Flowers Foods, Krispy Kreme, Mother Murphy’s and D. Thomas and Associates, gathered with Rep. Foxx and congressional staff at Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem.

“As Congress gears up to vote on the Farm Bill next week, we wanted to show congressional leaders from North Carolina the impact artificially inflated prices have on the industry,” said ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie. “ABA would like to thank Rep. Foxx for introducing the Sugar Reform Modernization Act today as an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill. Bakers in North Carolina and across the country appreciate Rep. Foxx’s leadership and hard work in support of our industry.”

Rep. Foxx and congressional staff from the North Carolina delegation toured Dewey’s Bakery and participated in a discussion with bakers on why now, more than ever, Congress needs to pass sugar modernization.

“As in every state and district, it boils down to jobs,” said ABA Director of Government Relations Mike Goscinski. “The baking industry employs nearly 22,000 highly skilled people in North Carolina and close to 800,000 nationwide. As our bakers look to expand their businesses, high sugar costs inhibit their ability to reinvest. This amendment ensures that sugar farmers have the protections they need, while also making sure bakers have access to an adequate supply of domestic sugar at a reasonable cost.”

About the American Bakers Association:

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people. Follow ABA with #AmericanBakers

Source: American Bakers Association

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