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Ten-pound bags of sugar move along a conveyor Thursday in the American Crystal Sugar plant in Moorhead, Minn.

Sugar faces challenges on both the supply and demand sides

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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Here's a trend that sounds a sour note for the area sugar industry: Per-capita consumption of sugar and sweeteners has dropped 13.2 percent since peaking in 1999.

Americans still love their sugar, however. The per-capita consumption of sugar and sweeteners this year is estimated at 131.3 pounds, down from 151.3 pounds in 1999, according to figures compiled by IBISWorld, which tracks the sugar industry.

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