Mexican sugar, a bone of contention. Mexican sugar, a bone of contention.

US sugar industry accused of lying

American producers blame Mexico for harming Hawaii sugar production

A war of words has erupted in the ongoing sugar dispute between Mexico and the United States but despite the deadline for a new accord drawing nearer, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo maintains that there is still time for negotiation.


A new agreement must be forged by Monday to ensure that Mexican sugar continues to enter the U.S. market tariff-free but U.S. sugar growers are pushing for greater protection measures.

U.S. producers have long accused Mexico of dumping sugar on the American market.

The American Sugar Alliance (ASA), a coalition of sugar producers, took out a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post this week in which it blamed the dumping of sugar by Mexico for putting an end to sugar production in Hawaii.

Under the title, “When aloha means adiós,” the ad calls on the U.S. government to impose tariffs on Mexican sugar to protect the American industry.

However, Juan Cortina, the head of Mexico’s national trade organization for the sugar industry, the CNIAA, denies that Mexican sugar is to blame for what happened in Hawaii.

Instead he accuses the ASA of “absurd lies” and responded that, “According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 80% of sugar production in Hawaii had already closed down before trade liberalization of sweeteners came into effect under NAFTA in 2008.”


He goes on to say, “A January 2016 press release from the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company never mentioned Mexico as a factor that influenced the closure of the company and instead referred to things like community opposition to the burning of sugar cane.”

Cortina concluded that the U.S. position was a ploy to stop Mexican refined sugar from entering the market to reduce competition.

“These lies show that the American sugar industry doesn’t have any arguments to defend its true intention of forcing Mexican sugar to be refined by two companies in the U.S to the detriment of other internal competitors.”

If Mexican sugar is subjected to tariffs or further quota restrictions, the CNIAA advocates a tit-for-tat strategy by imposing similar measures on U.S. imports of high-fructose corn syrup.

Meanwhile, Ildefonso Guajardo says that no ultimatums have been given by either side and if there had been, dialogue would have already broken down.

He maintained that discussions with his U.S. counterpart were continuing and while he remains confident that an agreement can be reached by the deadline, he did concede that it couldn’t be guaranteed and that the coming days would be crucial.

Guajardo also reiterated that blocking access of refined Mexican sugar to the U.S. market would be unacceptable as it would upset the balance of the North American market for sweeteners.

Source:  Milenio (sp), El Economista (sp), El Financiero (sp)

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  • alance

    For generations Big Sugar has been draining the swamp in South Florida by destroying the Everglades and imperiling the water supply of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. The densely populated megalopolis of South Florida is losing it’s water wells as sea water intrudes into the Biscayne Aquifer. Salt water has already moved 6 miles inland in Broward County.

    As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis.

    This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America and Mexico. This, in turn, leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes.

    • MortimerSnerd

      …you forgot to mention that cancer just loooves fructose sugar. To save a miserable 1/4 cent a bottle the soft drink companies years ago converted over to sucrose sugar instead of fructose sugar they were using such as cane sugar. Their propaganda/spin doctors say their product tastes the same, but it really doesn’t… there is a subtle change in taste. That’s why Mexican Coca-Cola made from cane sugar, is sold as a quality upscale niche product in the USA. Drinking large quantities of any product with high sucrose increases your chances of encouraging cancer cells to flourish.

  • K. Chris C.

    They lie about everything. Why would they lie about this?!

    An American citizen, not US subject.