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During 1960-72, the retail price of refined sugar increased 22 percent, while the farmer’s share of the consumer's dollar increased from 36 to 42 percent. Returns to sugarbeet and sugarcane growers in all domestic production areas increased. This increase ranged from 1.37 cents per pound in Florida to 1.74 cents per pound in the Central sugarbeet region. The refiner's share of the marketing spread increased in all areas. The distribution and retailers' share of the marketing spread decreased, in some instances as much as 2 cents per pound. This report is based on information on the farm-to-retail spread for sugar in 25 major U.S. cities between 1960-72.


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