Sugar Producers, Corn Syrup Makers Settle Lawsuit Amid Trial

U.S. sugar companies reached a settlement with their rivals, the makers of high-fructose corn syrup, in the middle of a high-stakes trial over what exactly constitutes a “natural” sweetener.

Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed in a filing in Los Angeles federal court. The lawsuit pitted corn syrup makers Archer-Daniels Midland Co. and Cargill Inc. against sugar producers including American Sugar Refining Inc., which calls itself the world’s largest vertically integrated cane-sugar refiner and whose nostalgia-inducing labels include C&H and Domino.

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