Facing maple syrup shortages, Canada taps its strategic reserves

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The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers stated it’s releasing roughly 50 million kilos from its strategic maple syrup reserves, the commerce group confirmed to CNN Business. That’s virtually half of the stockpile.
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Canadian maple syrup is displayed for sale at a gift shop in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The government-supported group, which is commonly known as the OPEC of maple syrup, makes use of its reserves to regulate syrup costs and provide. As of 2020, Quebec produced 73% of all maple syrup on this planet, and its greatest buyer by far is the United States, which accounts for round 60% of Canada’s export quantity.

The strategic reserve was created to maintain maple syrup in inventory throughout unhealthy harvest seasons or when demand spikes. That is the case proper now following a scorching and brief spring that led to a decrease yield. Historically, 2021 was a median yr for maple manufacturing in Quebec, with a harvest estimated at 133 million kilos, however gross sales rose 21% in comparison with final yr, straining the accessible provide.

“This system prevents practically all stock shortages and ensures the market is adequately supplied,” spokesperson Helene Normandin stated.

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In comparability, Quebec produced 175 million kilos of maple syrup in 2020. There are 50 million taps within the province, and there are plans so as to add seven million more within the subsequent few years to fulfill demand.

“The pandemic helped in our case because we’re seeing people cook more at home and use more local products,” Normandin said in an interview with Bloomberg. “It’s not simply in Quebec the demand is growing.”

The reserve has made headlines previously. Between 2011 and 2012, 3,000 tons of maple syrup, valued at almost $20 million Canadian {dollars}, have been secretly siphoned from the reserve in a infamous theft often known as the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist.
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