LONGUEUIL, QC, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federation of Quebec
Maple Syrup Producers was reassured to learn that the Sûreté du Québec
(SQ) has made several arrests following the major maple syrup theft
that occurred in the summer of 2012.
As you may recall, as part of a routine inventory check, the Federation
realized that some of the barrels from one of the warehouses where is
stored the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve were empty. Following a more thorough inventory, the Federation
discovered that about 60% of the warehouse's maple syrup had been
stolen, which represented 6 million pounds. The scope of the theft
suggested that this was the work of a very well organized group. The
Saint-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse where the theft occurred was being
Moreover, about two thirds of the stolen syrup has apparently been
traced by the SQ. Part of the volume was in fact seized by the SQ in
various Canadian provinces, while it seems another part was located in
the United States. The Federation has already initiated several
procedures to recover the stolen maple syrup as well as the proceeds
from its sale. The Federation fervently wishes that provincial and
federal authorities will do everything they can to recover the volumes
stolen from Quebec maple syrup producers.
The Strategic Reserve is currently stored in three locations. As it totals about 46 million
pounds, half a normal annual harvest of syrup in Quebec, it can still
supply markets without stock shortages despite the 2012 theft.
Also, seizures made by the SQ brought to light a few cases where maple
syrup might have been illegally sold by producers to buyers outside the
collective marketing system in place, in Quebec. The involved producers
and buyers may have to answer for their actions before the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec, the administrative tribunal responsible for settling these types of
About the Federation
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was founded in 1966 with
the mission of protecting and developing the economic, social and moral
interests of its 7,400 member producers in Quebec. It represents men
and women who work together and favour the collective marketing of
their product. The quality of their work has made Quebec the producer
of close to 80% of today's global maple syrup production. Furthermore,
the Federation is responsible for managing the Sales agency of bulk
maple syrup as well as the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve.
SOURCE: FEDERATION OF QUEBEC MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS
For further information:
Simon Trépanier, eng.f.
Acting General Manager
Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
Pierre Rhéaume Communications Inc.
Tel. 450-774-0948 / Cell. 450-501-0226