Venezuela Sugar Producers Must Sell 70% to Retail, Gazette Says

The Venezuelan government ordered sugar producers to sell 70 percent of their production to retail outlets and the rest to local industry, according to a resolution published today in the Official Gazette.

Sugar producers must allocate the majority of output in packages of five kilograms or less to shops to avoid shortages, the resolution said. The measure comes after authorities this week held meetings with local producers to address shortages of food staples in supermarkets.

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