June 1, 1943
The Sugar Association History
The Sugar Research Foundation is founded to protect the industry.
The Sugar Association, Inc. was originally founded as the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) by members of the U.S. sugar industry during World War II in June 1943. The Foundation included U.S. beet and cane sugar growers and refiners as its members, and was dedicated to the scientific study of sugar’s role in food and communication of that role to the public during a period of war-time sugar rationing.
By 1946, SRF had expanded its focus to include international members, and grew from its six original board members and 29 firms and corporations to 77 members – including the entire Hawaiian sugar industry and the entire raw sugar production industry of Cuba. SRF members praised the foundation saying, “The U.S. sugar industry has finally ‘found a single, authentic voice for the expression of its views.’” SRF carried out its objectives through the funding and sponsorship of scientific research related to sugar and its by-products, as well as the creation and distribution of educational materials in both print and film formats.
January 1, 1978
High-fructose corn syrup enters the market
HFCS was rapidly introduced to many processed foods and soft drinks in the U.S. from about 1975 to 1985. Soft drink makers such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi still use sugar in other nations but switched to HFCS in the U.S. due to higher sugar costs.
HFCS is used in almost every packaged food and soft drink American consumers see today. HFCS has replaced more expensively priced sugar in a variety of uses including; the beverage industry (41%), processed food manufacturers (22%), cereal and bakery producers (14%), multiple-use food manufacturers (12%), the dairy industry (9%), and the confectionery industry (1%).