Crystal Sugar defaulting on government loan

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Oct 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) American Crystal Sugar will default on a government loan of $71.2 million under a program that provides relief when a glut of sugar depresses prices.

David Berg, American Crystal Sugar president and CEO, says forfeiting the sugar put up as collateral was the best option, given very low sugar prices.

The loans end with the crop year, which concludes Tuesday.

The forfeiture is under a U.S. Agriculture Department program. It is the result of sugar being cheaper and more plentiful that at any time in the past decade.

Berg says defaulting on the loan does not present a financial hit to the company. He says the default is beneficial to American Crystal Sugar's financial health, and that's the way the program is designed to work.

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