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Category: Grading Maple Syrup

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 […]

Our Maple Syrup = Strong

We packed some of our Grade A Dark Amber maple syrup into our square bottles a few nights ago. We pack it strong. They were left overnight on the cold concrete floor, as temperatures dipped pretty low. The maple syrup at that temperature can keep only so much sugar in solution, so some of it […]

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 […]

Maple Syrup Grades Explained

Different states will have slightly different terms sometimes, but syrup grade systems are essentially the same: they all are based solely on the color of the syrup, and the lighter the syrup the “higher” the grade. In Vermont, the grades start at Grade A Fancy and move on, in order, to Grade A Medium Amber, […]

How Can You Tell if Your Syrup’s ‘Pure’?

I got an email from a recent customer today asking whether or not our syrup is “100 percent maple” and “pure.” He noticed that neither term was mentioned on the label, while it’s plastered on many others. I replied that it is, and that by indicating “Vermont maple syrup” on the label, it’s required to […]

How to Repack Syrup

Sometimes customers decide to buy a large amount of syrup to pack into smaller containers. They might do this to make gifts to friends, or they might do this to create smaller sets of supply. That helps them keep their syrup fresh. This post will give some step-by-step directions for packing syrup to make it […]


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