Canada Opens up Maple Syrup Reserve After Three Years Amid Shortage

Canadian maple syrup

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Canadian maple syrup

Canada, often well known for its hospitable citizens and maple syrup, has run into a major issue threatening its maple syrup consumers. Canadian officials were forced to decide to open up their emergency maple syrup reserves amid a global supply shortage. Their reasoning for this verdict was a nationwide syrup shortage. More specifically, the QMSP, or the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, were the ones who made this commitment to open up the reserves for the first time in 3 years after learning that this year’s supply of maple syrup was already down by about a quarter. They plan to remove half of their maple syrup reserve supply, which comes out to be a whopping 48.5 million pounds of syrup. Helene Normandin of QMSP had this to say about the release of maple syrup: “That’s why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup. And we won’t miss maple syrup!”

In recent and earlier times, supply shortages have become a common nuisance to car manufacturers and people looking to buy everyday objects thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this recent case of Canada’s maple syrup shortage was not caused by Covid-19. Rather, it was caused by weather. Weather in Quebec, where almost three-fourths of Canada’s maple syrup comes from, has not been kind to those maple tree forests. Maple syrup is only tappable when it is 32° Fahrenheit during the day and under 32° Fahrenheit during the night. The weather has made this season warmer and shorter, giving fewer opportunities for tapping. 

Canadians aren’t the only ones looking to get maple syrup amid shortages though; in 2012, thieves also took an interest in maple syrup during a shortage. They were able to steal about 3,000 tonnes or about 6.6 million pounds of maple syrup, priced at around 18 million dollars. The thieves weren’t able to sell it all though, thanks in large part to the police. They were able to return about two-thirds of it. 

Despite the shortage, it seems Canada was able to recover. Thanks to the opening of reserves, Canada was able to keep up with a 36% jump in syrup sales- believed to be caused by people cooking at home thanks to the pandemic. The only real downside that Canada faces is losing the 48 million pounds of syrup removed from the vault. They do have a plan to counteract it though. The QMSP has decided to plant 7 million more maple trees in addition to their already extensive 50 million maple syrup taps in Quebec.