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In between shortages, Canada taps into maple syrup reserves

Amid shortage, Canada taps into emergency maple syrup reserves

Key Takeaway:

  • The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – the known Opec of maple syrup has released 22m kg from its emergency larder, about half the total in reserve.
  • Quebec produces three-quarters of the world’s syrup.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – the known Opec of maple syrup has released 22m kg from its emergency larder, about half the total in reserve.

Booming demand and a shortened harvest had created the shortage, QMSP stated.

It is the first time in 3 years that the reserve has been used.

Quebec produces three-quarters of the world’s syrup. Image: stvincenttimes

“That is why the reserve is made, to not miss maple syrup. And we will not miss maple syrup!” Helene Normandin of QMSP told US radio.

Quebec produces three-quarters of the world’s syrup.

In 2021, 83m kg of maple syrup was manufactured globally, and 60m kg came from Quebec’s forests, according to QMSP. And the QMSP is already planning for the coming year’s harvest, where it would tap an additional 7 million trees.

Maple sap is only tapped directly from sugar maple trees and boiled to concentrate it into maple syrup.

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It’s detailed work and is very dependent on the weather. Maple trees could only be tapped when the temperatures are above freezing during the day but below freezing at night. This year, a shorter and warmer season caused supply to drop by a quarter.

At the same time, worldwide sales of maple syrup jumped by more than 36% over the year before, as per QMSP.

Worldwide thirst for Quebec’s maple syrup has appeared to inspire sugar-stealing.

In 2012, thieves were made off with nearly 3,000 tonnes of maple syrup, valued at an estimated $18m. Two-thirds of the stolen syrup was again recovered.

Source-CTV News

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