An outstanding maple syrup harvest with historic per-tap yields

LONGUEUIL, QC, May 31, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec's 2016 maple syrup production was an outstanding 148.2 million pounds, an unprecedented 23% jump from the previous record of 120 million pounds set in 2013. With 42.7 million taps in operation, the province's 7,300 maple syrup producers achieved a historic productivity level of 3.47 pounds per tap—a massive improvement over the previous best of 2.82 pounds per tap in 2013.

"We've never seen a harvest of this magnitude!" said Serge Beaulieu, president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. "Our trees yielded huge amounts of maple water. At times the flow was so strong it was hard to keep up with the boiling. This year's harvest is a great windfall for our producers, to the tune of $400 million. We have to keep in mind that in the maple syrup industry our income is wholly dependent on harvest volumes. And it all plays out in just a few days of the year."

A very long season
This year's spring weather was ideal for maple syrup production, with frequent periods of freezing and thaws. In more southern regions like the Montérégie, the first serious sap runs began in the third week of February. The last runs of the season came in early May in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions. This means the 2016 maple syrup season was eight weeks long. The combination of early warm weather and persistent cool periods is the main factor behind the phenomenal harvest. The highest yields of all were in the Centre-du-Québec region: 3.82 pounds per tap.

Record harvest, top quality syrup
The 2016 harvest greatly exceeded both the 2013 production record of 120.3 million pounds and the average annual production of the past five years, 107 million pounds. With over 300,000 barrels to grade and inspect, Quebec's quality inspectors are in for a busy year. They got off to an earlier start in April, and have already inspected and graded 10 million more pounds of maple syrup than at the same time of year in 2015.

80% of Quebec maple syrup bound for foreign markets
Maple syrup buyers are continually developing new international markets, as seen in increasing orders for Quebec maple syrup. The Federation's agency's sales have been rising constantly over the last five years. Over 80% of Quebec maple syrup is exported, to over 53 countries. There's no question that Quebec's thriving, innovative and forward-looking maple syrup industry makes a landmark contribution to the economy of Quebec and Canada as a whole.

148 million pounds of maple syrup means:

  • $400 million in earnings for Quebec's maple syrup producers
  • 300,000 barrels of maple syrup produced
  • A volume equivalent to 24 Olympic swimming pools
  • A volume equivalent to nearly 90 million cans of maple syrup
  • More wealth and prosperity in rural areas
  • Maintenance of Quebec's position as the world maple syrup leader

 

2016 Maple Syrup Production Estimates by Maple-Producing Region in Quebec


Administrative Region

Number of
Businesses

Yield
(pounds/tap)

Maple Syrup
Production
(pounds)

Taps
(number)

Chaudière-Appalaches

3,241

3.48

58,491,763

16,817,660

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie

547

2.96

23,864,452

8,057,687

Estrie

811

3.79

27,220,215

7,186,198

Centre-du-Québec

738

3.82

15,381,175

4,024,447

Montérégie

486

3.68

9,452,071

2,569,080

Capitale-Nationale, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean

193

3.54

4,505,581

1,273,076

Laurentides, Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue

159

3.21

4,883,538

1,521,830

Lanaudière, Laval, Montréal

137

3.58

2,655,417

742,368

Mauricie

73

3.33

1,722,779

516,675

TOTAL

6,385

3.47

148,176,991

42,709,021

Source:  AGÉCO Group, 2016
Estimated average maple syrup production yield and number of taps, by region and for all of Quebec, 2016

 


Quebec Maple Syrup Harvest

Year

Total Volume
(Farm, retail and bulk sales, in
millions of pounds)

Yield
(pounds per tap)

2016

148.2

3.47

2015

107.2

2.53

2014

113.7

2.67

2013

120.3

2.82

2012

96.1

2.24

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

 

About 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 7,300 maple producers, as well as developing initiatives to collectively market maple products. The quality work of these maple producers has made Quebec the proud source of 72% of the world's maple syrup.

fpaq.ca – @AcericoleQc 

 

SOURCE Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

Image with caption: "Outstanding maple syrup harvest in Quebec in 2016: 148.2 million pounds (CNW Group/Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160531_C1983_PHOTO_EN_701982.jpg

For further information: Caroline Cyr, Communications Officer, Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, 450-679-7021, ext. 8609, ccyr@upa.qc.ca


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