June 1, 1943
The Sugar Research Foundation is founded to protect the industry.
The Sugar Association History
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.