Sugar is a basic and essential ingredient in Canada’s food supply. In addition to its sweet taste, sugar (sucrose) has many unique functional properties that make it an important ingredient in many foods. As a result, refined sugar is widely available for both consumer/home use (retail packaged sugar) and industrial customers (food processing and food service).

Canadian sugar is significantly lower than the cost of sugar in most developed countries, including the United States and Europe, where the costs of domestic subsidies (higher prices) are passed on to consumers. Canada’s globally efficient sugar producers offer a valuable competitive advantage to the Canadian food processing industry - the top manufacturing industry in seven of ten Canadian provinces. In fact, Canada’s comparatively low priced sugar has been cited as an important competitive advantage in encouraging several food processors to locate in Canada.