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Love Lane Lives - the boys & girls from the whitestuff

Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Love Lane Lives Weblog

Big Sugar loves this night, especially when Halloween falls on a FRIDAY!

“In the 21st century Halloween has become a 4billion dollar sugar festival.” (2005) The American NCA or National Confectioners Association see US sales of confectionary set to rise in 2014 “as the season falls on a Friday meaning consumers are likely to stock up on treats for parties” and everyone knows that Friday is party time!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Friday, October 31st 2014

“Beat the Beet, Keep the Cane” was the Refrain from down the Lane

That little ditty was the one that emanated from Love Lane Liverpool, (then mimicked in Silvertown London, and Greenock Scotland), in the aftermath of Britain’s entry into the EEC in 1973 and much closer encounters with the European Beet Boys. Five years ago I chose that title for an essay I was asked to write for Ethical Consumer Magazine. Ironically today in the USA there is a new “sucrose solidarity” in the court rooms of California where the American Sugar Alliance (representing both sugar beet and sugar cane) have litigated against the American Corn Refiners over their dastardly efforts at rebranding High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS as “Corn Sugar”. It’s a funny old sugar world still when this far from “natural” product is claiming that HFCS is not natural sugar!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Five years ago today Professor Robert Lustig a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, gave an hour and a half lecture on the white stuff, and subsequently witnessed its posting on YouTube and watching incredulously as it went viral. What is the bitter truth about sugar and public health? 


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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, May 26th 2014

Big Sugar

There is a Big Sugar reggae rock band in Canada but what does the increasingly used “size’ist” adjective mean in front of an industry that produces the granulated stuff in your sugar bowl?  Everyone’s heard about Big Oil but what about this comment from American journalist Paul Alexander last March? : “While industries like oil and gas and health care are regularly given media scrutiny, perhaps the most under-examined business in the United States is ‘Big Sugar.’

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, May 24th 2014

Florida Sugar 10 years ago today!

There is a sugar trail from Love Lane Liverpool to the Sunshine State of Florida which I first became aware of in 2001 the year I wondered why Tate & Lyle were selling off their Domino Sugar brand to two Cuban Americans, Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, and also the year that Marie Brenner’s coruscating essay “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” was published in Vanity Fair. Exactly ten years ago today I composed a short essay on Florida Sugar and the Fanjuls. Food for thought at least especially as we now know that they own Tate & Lyle Sugars! 


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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Wednesday, May 21st 2014

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