A billion-dollar battle over sweeteners came to a close on Friday as big sugar companies and corn refiners, including Archer Daniels Midland Co., said they had settled long-running litigation over advertisements about high-fructose corn syrup.
Terms of the deal—reached during the middle of a trial—were confidential, the companies said in a joint statement.
Leading sugar refiners, including Domino Sugar-owner ASR Group, in 2011 sued the Corn Refiners Association for advertisements using the term “corn sugar” to describe high-fructose corn syrup, a widely used sweetener found in snack foods, condiments, fruit drinks and other products.
The sugar companies argued that high-fructose corn syrup and sugar are distinct products. They objected to the corn-industry advertising campaign’s description of high-fructose corn syrup as “natural” and its claim that the ingredient was “nutritionally the same as table sugar.”