BARRIE – Increased demand coupled with an “average” year for production has forced Quebec maple syrup producers to tap into their strategic reserves to ensure no pancake is left without the sweet golden juice .
About 200 kilometers northeast of Montreal is the Laurieville plant and warehouse, where the province belongs. strategic reserve Maple syrup is stored.
This massive facility, spread over the size of five football fields, can hold 94,000 barrels of maple syrup, 205 liters each.
However, Quebec Maple Syrup Manufacturer Let’s say this year, about 50 million pounds of maple syrup will need to be taken out of those stockpiled barrels to meet the increased demand.
The Quebec Maple Syrup Manufacturers Association regulates the production and marketing of maple syrup in Quebec. It also sets wholesale prices and quotas on the province’s syrup producers.
Quebec Maple Syrup Producers spokeswoman Helen Normadin said 2021 was an “average year” for production.
by organization WebsiteThe 2021 harvest is estimated to be about 133 million pounds of maple syrup.
While that sounds like a lot, Normadin explained that it comes after two record years for maple syrup production. A total of 175 million pounds of maple syrup were produced in 2020 alone.
“Those years were just wonderful,” Normadin said. “It was perfect to have some maple syrup in stock in reserve, and this year we take some of it out because production was less good this spring.”
Normadin said it is “normal” to take syrup from the strategic reserve, adding that the reserve is “perfectly playing its role right now.”
She said that the syrup is extracted every year, and while 50 million pounds is a lot, there will still be 50 million pounds left in reserves.
“We certainly won’t miss maple syrup in 2021,” she said.
In 2020, Quebec was producing 73 percent of all maple syrup in the world. The rest of Canada produces about six percent of the world’s maple syrup, while the US produces about 21 percent.
Another cool thing about the strategic reserve, Normadin explained, is that it helps stabilize the price of maple syrup.
“We have a convention with buyers,” she explained, adding that prices are negotiated every three years.
“So it won’t change.”
Ultimately, Normadin said consumers didn’t have to worry about price hikes on the syrup.
According to Normadin, more taps were added at the end of the maple syrup season to help meet rising demand this past spring.
“We have 50 million taps across the province of Quebec,” Normadin said. “And we’ll have seven million more over the next years to ramp up production as demand continues to grow.”
Normadin said every year they decide whether more quotas should be issued based on the need for more syrup. This helps ensure consumers “never miss the maple syrup,” she said.