LONGUEUIL, QC, June 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - A late spring and cold temperatures did not interfere with Mother Nature's generosity. This year Quebec's 7,400 maple syrup businesses harvested more than 159 million pounds of maple syrup. That's an average of 3.43 pounds per tap. According to the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, that's reason to celebrate.
A much better season than last year
In 2018 the season was subpar overall, with yields that varied tremendously from one maple syrup region to the next. Against all odds, Quebec's producers overcame a late start to produce 41 million pounds more maple syrup than last year.
Quebec: Global leader in the production of maple syrup
Quebec produces 72% of the world's maple syrup. As a result of the marketing, innovation, and promotion strategies executed by the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, some 60 countries now import and enjoy quality maple syrup from Quebec. Production is increasing and sales are booming, so much so that the Québec Maple Syrup Producers is targeting 185 million pounds in sales within five years.
Did you know...
- $14 million has been spent in the last 14 years on more than 100 research projects and on expanding what we know about maple. maplescience.ca
- Each year 300,000 barrels of maple syrup in Quebec undergo a rigorous inspection and grading process run by an independent organization.
- There is only one Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, created in 2000 at an instigation of the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, the organization that finances the reserve in its entirety. The reserve is located in Laurierville in central Quebec.
- In 2018, the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers changed their French name to Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec to reconginize the contribution of women to maple production. The new name specifically includes the French term for women producers.
The mission of the Québec Maple Syrup Producers is to promote the interests of Québec's maple producers and to develop the production and sale of Québec maple products to their full potential while respecting the principles of sustainable development. The organization represents some 11,300 producers and 7,400 businesses whose hard work has made Quebec responsible for an average of 72% of the world's maple syrup production on an annual basis. The Québec Maple Syrup Producers proudly support the Maple from Quebec brand and coordinate the international marketing and promotional efforts for Canadian maple products on behalf of Canada's maple industry. The organization also leads and directs the International Maple Research and Innovation Network.
SOURCE Québec Maple Syrup Producers
For further information: Hélène Normandin, Manager, Corporate Communications, Québec Maple Syrup Producers, [email protected], Tel: 450 679-7021, ext. 8427, Cell: 514 603-0728