The American Sugar Alliance claims that confectioners are choosing to locate plant operations outside of the U.S. based on labor costs alone. However, this is simply not accurate. Dozens of factors contribute to the weighty decision to open a plant overseas, and ingredient costs are among the main deciding factors. Current U.S. sugar policy has contributed to the loss of more than 14,000 confectionery jobs and more than 75,000 food-manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years. Further, the policy will cost taxpayers more than $1.2 billion in the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
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