Final results: A good maple syrup harvest for the 2011 season

LONGUEUIL, June 13, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - With a late start to the sugaring season, all signs pointed to an average maple syrup harvest in 2011. But cold weather throughout April ensured that maple sap kept flowing much longer than expected. According to official data confirmed by the Table filière acéricole du Québec, the Quebec maple syrup crop for 2011 is regarded as good. The 42.7 million taps managed by Quebec's 7,400 maple businesses yielded a total volume of 101.9 million pounds of sap, slightly less than the exceptional and historic crop of 2009, which reached 109.4 million pounds. The production average in 2011 has been calculated at 2.39 pounds per tap, coming in above the 15-year average of 2.20 pounds per tap.

"This year was unique because sugaring season was particularly long and late," explains Serge Beaulieu, president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. "Usually the season begins in Montérégie then spreads east across the province in the following weeks. It finishes around mid April. But this year it started very late, worryingly so for many of us. But even though syrup volume was low at the beginning of April, the groves kept producing much later than usual. Certain farms in colder zones were still making syrup at the end of April and even early May! That is quite rare."

Satisfaction overall

According to the Federation, the 101.9 million pounds harvested across Quebec is very satisfactory. As an example, this volume represents about 64 million 540 ml cans of maple syrup! "In Montérégie and the Laurentians, yield has even averaged 2.81 pounds per tap which is better than expected", remarks Mr. Beaulieu.

A growing strategic reserve

At the end of 2008, maple syrup stocks in Quebec ran out and the shortages meant consumers were paying inflated prices in 2009. The good and average harvests of 2009 and 2010 respectively, together with the expected surplus from the 2011 harvest, will ensure a stable supply for consumers and price stability as a result.

In 2009, a 540 ml can of maple syrup was selling in groceries for $8.54, whereas the average price had fallen to $8.32 by 2010. Consumers can get a better price by going directly to the producer and cutting out the 'middle man' if they wish.  The average price of a can in 2011 will be published over the coming months once all the data has been collected.

About the FPAQ

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was founded in 1966 with the mission of defending and promoting the economic, social and moral interests of its 7,400 maple businesses. These men and women are working together to collectively market their products. The quality of their work and their products has made Quebec the producer of close to 80% of today's global maple syrup output.

Quebec maple syrup crop
Year Total volume
[Sale at the farm, retail
and bulk]
(million pounds)
Yield
(pounds per tap)
2011 101.9 2.39
2010 88.1 2.04
2009 109.4 2.65
2008 58.8 1.56
2007 61.7 1.73
2006 68.6 1.99

2011 maple syrup production estimates by maple-producing region in Quebec
 
Businesses
(number)
Yield
(pounds/tap)
Production
(million pounds)
Taps
(million taps)
Chaudière-Appalaches 3460 2.18 36.6 16.8
Bas-St-Laurent- Gaspesia 604 2.44 20.9 8.5
Eastern Townships 760 2.43 15.2 6.2
Mauricie - Centre-du-Québec 898 2.56 13.0 5.1
Montérégie 534 2.81 7.2 2.6
Capitale-Nationale, Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean 214 2.59 3.6 1.4
Laurentides, Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue 170 2.65 3.7 1.4
Lanaudière, Laval, Montreal 150 2.52 1.7 0.7
         
Total 6790 2.39 101.9 42.7
Source: AGÉCO Group.  2011. Estimated Quebec maple syrup production yield for 2011. Report. Quebec City: 14 p.

SOURCE FEDERATION OF QUEBEC MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS

For further information:

Simon Trépanier, Forestry Engineer, Interim Executive Director
Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
strepanier@upa.qc.ca
Phone: 450 679-7021 ext. 8633

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