U.S. East Coast sugar taxes update

For 2019, the sugar tax and other beverage regulations were the big story that wasn't. Instead, the two-cent-per-ounce tax, cup-size limits for food service, labeling requirement, etc. will have to wait till at least the next legislative session. This will shift attention—and intense lobbying [...]

California beverage tax only mostly dead

Last year, then-Governor Brown surprised many by signing into law a fast-moving, 12-year ban on local soda taxes. Reports suggest that Brown had made the move to forestall a threatened voter initiative—backed by business groups—that would have made it significantly more difficult for counties [...]

U.S. HFCS export fell 2 percent in 2018

USITC data for December show the U.S. exported 73,330 MT (dry weight) of HFCS during the month: 3,375 MT of HFCS-42 and 69,955 MT of HFCS-55, which raised cumulative 2018 HFCS exports to 1.046 MMT, slightly lower than annual exports in 2016 and 2017. [...]

Updates on beverage & sugar taxes in Latin America & the Caribbean

Sweetened beverage sales in Jamaica, one study suggested, fell by more than 4 percent as a result of a 10 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, with at least one researcher suggesting that the tax rate should be doubled. Citing rising obesity rates, the Jamaican [...]

Updates on sugar & beverage taxes in North America

In the U.S., Connecticut’s governor is backing a proposed sweetener beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce—part of a series of taxes on e-cigarettes and related supplies, some bottled alcoholic beverages, and even plastic bags. The governor’s office estimates revenue for the sweetened beverage [...]

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Mexican imports of U.S. high-fructose corn syrup

For the marketing year to date (October through April), Mexico’s imports of HFCS-55 total an estimated 467,666 metric tons (MT), dry basis, a decline of 2.3 percent from imports of 478,602 MT a year ago. Given the high prices for domestic sugar in Mexico, [...]

It’s a wrap! Our spring market seminar is in the books!

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s seminar and for your contribution to making it our best event yet! Special thanks to our amazing information team and to guest speakers Jeff Rasinski, Phil Plourd, Joe Gardella, and Susanna Jung. What, you couldn’t attend [...]