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Category: Trade Groups on 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.

PETA Takes on (Apparently Evil) Canadian Maple Syrup Makers

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are promoting a boycott of Canadian maple syrup. They’re not so much concerned with the abuse of maple trees as they are the annual seal harvest. PETA apparently believes that getting folks to stop using maple syrup from Canada will bludgeon our northern neighbors sufficiently that […]

Governor Jim Douglas Caught with Hands on Sap Bucket

Each year here in Vermont, the governor rolls up his or her sleeves and taps tree around Town Meeting day. It’s a nice tradition put on by the various county maple syrup makers’ associations, and a good photo opportunity is had by all – except for maybe this last one. A reader emailed in this […]

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 […]


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