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Category: Bulk Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup to Asia

The barrels of syrup below represent the annual production of tens of acres of hardwood forest, preserved for yet another year as a working landscape. These particular ones are headed to a new Asian client. Getting through the rigamarole of exporting, customs, clearing, various certifications is a pretty high bar, but once it is all […]

Bruce’s New Toy: Maple Syrup Warehouse

[caption id="attachment_305" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="To be filled with maple syrup barrels"]To be filled with maple syrup barrels[/caption] During my annual pilgrimage down to Bascom’s Maple, for the yearly start-up maple syrup supplies run, I found Bruce Bascom running the scales and in a chatty frame of mind. I think it says a lot about the maple syrup industry that one of the biggest names in the business is helping haul maple syrup barrels out of trucks and taste testing the grade c maple syrup we bring down in exchange for supply credit.

Bruce was kind to take me through his new 45,000 square foot maple syrup warehouse facility, just about to come online. A lot of thought went into the design. Bruce is one of the people in the maple syrup business who sells enough and to sufficiently-sensitive food companies so as to have a lot of regulatory scrutiny on his operation. Some of the details in his warehouse may portend changes that will likely ripple through the maple syrup industry, for people selling maple at scale.

Packing Fresh Maple Syrup for Sale in August

This week we’re going to pack another three barrels of maple syrup – about 165 gallons. This will last us into the beginning of the holiday season, when lots of folks buy maple syrup. We like to pack every quarter or so, so that our maple syrup stays very fresh in the containers. We’ve had […]

Keg + Maple Syrup = Explosive Fun

It all started out, as so many things do, with a clever plan. I did not then anticipate that I would later be rushing up I-93 to get to a formal event while covered in 18-month old beer. Such is maple syrup entrepreneurialism. The problem that needed to get solved was transportation and dispensing of […]

Bulk Handling Maple Syrup

We took down the old greenhouse where we used to keep our main sap tank and its vacuum system, replacing it with the “sap barn,” a two-story affair that Robert and the boys put up in a few weeks over the summer. The barn itself is nice enough, but there are a couple special features […]

The Real Maple Syrup Prices

Retailers across the country have priced maple syrup higher than what government sources report. This year it became pretty clear that the maple syrup pricing reports don’t square with what we see in stores, so we went out and collected our own data set. One key difference between this and what a group like the […]

Bringing Home the “New” Maple Syrup Evaporator

Today the guys and I went out to Enfield, NH to haul back an old 3′ by 10′ evaporator to replace our tiny 2′ by 5.5′ unit that served us the past couple few years. While the little unit should have been enough for what we were doing, it turned out to be less efficient […]

Sending Maple Syrup by Mail

There is an art to sending maple syrup, especially if you’re sending a large volume, and extra especially if you want to spend less on shipping than you do on making syrup. Decisions early in the process – such as which bottle shapes you use, and which sizes you offer customers – come to have […]

Maple Syrup Price Predictions for 2009

After reading data from the a wide variety of overlapping sources, I made a stab at predicting the average price of syrup for 2009. You can skip the rest of this if you’re looking for the dollar figure. That’s $3.16 per pound, or $36 per gallon in 2009. I know that will disappoint many producers […]

How Maple Syrup Gets Made – The Quick and Dirty Version

This overview shows how people take the fluid in the veins of trees and concentrate it to make maple syrup. You can search this site for more specific articles on each aspect, but here it is briefly all in one place. For some unknown reason, sugar maple trees produce much, much more sap and much […]

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