12:00 to 12:30 pm: Refreshments
12:30 to 2:00 pm: Panel and Q&A

Free and Open to the Public

Moderator:  The Honorable Henry Bonilla – Partner, The Normandy Group


Randy Green – President, Sweetener Users Association

Luther Markwart – Chairman, American Sugar Alliance

Jack Pettus – Vice President of Government Relations, American Sugar Cane League

Frances B. Smith – Board Member and Adjunct Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 504-569-0405

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, in partnership with the American Beverage Association, is pleased to continue the Washington DC Roundtable Series, a series of public policy discussions taking place in the nation’s capital. This Roundtable, Previewing the Farm Bill:  A Discussion of the Sugar Program, will take place on Monday, January 30, 2012, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the Lincoln Room in the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 1st Street, S.E., Washington, DC. 

Each Roundtable is free and open to the public.

The Roundtable Series offers an open public forum designed to engage the public and to raise awareness of a range of food-related issues that can affect the health and economic well-being of the citizens and families of the South. Generally, these discussions take place behind closed doors with a minimum of involvement from those affected. We seek to change that by promoting active participation with the consuming public.

The Farm Bill is coming up for reauthorization this year, and as always, there are proposals to radically alter the existing system. The panel will present the opinions and positions of sugar growers as well as of industrial customers that produce food products that are sweetened with sugar.  It is a rare occasion when both sides sit-down at one table.

The Honorable Henry Bonilla will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will include:  Luther Markwart, chairman of the American Sugar Alliance; Jack Pettus, vice president of Government Relations, American Sugar Cane League; Randy Green, president of the Sweetener Users Association; and Frances B. Smith, board member and adjunct fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

 “We are excited about continuing this new year of Roundtables because it allows us to engage the public in an open conversation on topics of food policy that are, for the most part, only discussed behind closed doors in Washington.  We intend to bring the most pressing and significant topics to the Roundtables and explore all sides of the issues. Teaming with the American Beverage Association will extend our outreach and allow us to explore the issues in greater depth with industry leaders,” says Liz Williams, director of SoFAB.

The American Beverage Association is the trade association representing the broad spectrum of companies that manufacture and distribute non-alcoholic beverages in the United States. Visit www.ameribev.org for more information.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a non-profit living history institution located in New Orleans, LA, that is dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. Visit www.southernfood.org for more information, or call 504-569-0405.

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