International Sugar Journal

US-Mexican sweetener market integration: Avoiding the train wreck [Full subscriber]

When free trade in sweeteners began for the United States and Mexico at the start of 2008, many observers predicted a train wreck: U.S. corn sweetener would displace Mexican sugar; the displaced Mexican sugar would be sent north and over-supply the U.S. market; the U.S. would export its excess sugar to Mexico; and, the combined market would implode. But that has not happened – yet. A combination of good policy and policy administration, good luck, and bad weather has prevented regional oversupply and allowed sugar producers and consumers in both countries to do well through the first four years of…

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