Will maple syrup prices be going up?

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TIME Magazine reports that 10 million pounds of maple syrup, worth $30 million, has been stolen from Quebec. It's a quarter of their stategic reserve and Quebec produces 75% of the world's maple syrup.

What does a thief do with 10 million pounds of syrup?

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/quebec-maple-syrup-heist-set-for-hollywood-film-1.1868081

 

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Here's more of the story.

Little by little the purloined syrup is showing up.  They move it around in tanker trucks. 

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Maple Syrup Seized in NB

 

Read this today and thought of this thread

 

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Maple Syrup Seized in NB

 

Read this today and thought of this thread

 

Sounds like someone had sticky fingers...

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Sounds like someone had sticky fingers...

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Some answers....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/10/03/nb-maple-syrup-seized-quebec-stolen.html

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Maybe that's what took Aunt Jemima so long...she was busy stealing maple syrup.

We initially used pure maple syrup, but we'd go through it too quickly and it became expensive fast!    We now go to Wally World and by Aunt Jemima syrup by the gallon and add a ton of butter to it, serving it hot with each plate of pancakes or french toast.   Our guest love it.

A little bit of butter makes the bitter batter better!

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Some days I wonder if serving the flavored sugar substitute wouldn't be just as good. Unless I actually TELL guests 'this is real local maple syrup' no one seems to care. They assume it's the fake stuff. Some people have asked if it's fake because it doesn't look like what they're used to where they live.

'Why don't you use real syrup?' Hey, pal, at $58/gallon, this IS the real stuff!

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I have often heard the most people could not tell the difference between real & manufactured. If you haven't had a chance to watch these ladies take a peek. They do have a sense of humour http://www.annaandkristina.com/?action=d7_article_viewer_view_article&Join_ID=230369&template=tp-test-lab-view-article.htm7

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I do not know about the "theft", but one of our regular guests is a vendor of Maple Syrup on the festival circuit. He told us that the spring of 2012 was the worst he had for harvesting the golden liquid in Ontario. The mild spring cut his harvest time from about 6 weeks to 1 week. He was down about 75%. No matter what, there will probably be an increase in pricing and a shortage of "quality" product.

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We didn't get any from our trees this year at all.

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Silverspoon wrote:

I don't believe everything I read....sounds like someone had a math error along the way don't you think? That is WAY too much syrup to have gone missing. 

Yes, who to believe. But do you think NONE of the ones below checked and verified this report before printing it?

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/08/31/montreal-maple-syrup-theft.html

Time Magazine: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/09/02/sticky-situation-30-million-in-maple-syrup-stolen-from-canadas-strategic-syrup-reserve/

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/01/world/americas/maple-syrup-theft-casts-pall-over-canadian-breakfast-plates.html

Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/quebec-police-investigate-massive-maple-syrup-theft-in-quebec/2012/08/31/520e3b56-f382-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html

CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/31/millions-of-dollars-in-maple-syrup-stolen/

 

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Well I have to agree...that's probably too many sources to be a whim....Unless it was just too good of a story to pass up! cheeky

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I don't  believe everything I read....sounds like someone had a math error along the way don't you think?  That is WAY too much syrup to have gone missing.  

 

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Yes, even at the prices I'm paying that's around 7 tankers of the stuff.

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I was raised on immitation maple flavoring. My mother heated it with sugar and water to make a pretty good pancake syrup.

But at least we got real butter and whole milk. Ah, those where the days!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

I was raised on immitation maple flavoring. My mother heated it with sugar and water to make a pretty good pancake syrup.

But at least we got real butter and whole milk. Ah, those where the days!

Ah the days when you bought a bottle of milk and all the cream floated to the top. I loved that on my cereal.

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Ah the days when you bought a bottle of milk and all the cream floated to the top. I loved that on my cereal.

We miled the cows, Granny put the milk through the strainer and put it in quart bottles, and we drank it. Kept 5 cows busy just to keep the 4 of us kids in milk. Half the bottle was the cream that floated to the top! But we did have either syrup Mom made with brown sugar, water, and maple flavoring or a brand called Vermont Maid - depending on finances.

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Last time I bought it, I paid $14 a quart for WV syrup! Just looked - Richter's (best maple syrup in WV) it is now $18 per quart and $54 per gallon. I used to buy if in 1/2 gallons for ease of storage in the fridge and that is now $32 per half gallon!!!

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Last time I bought it, I paid $14 a quart for WV syrup! Just looked - Richter's (best maple syrup in WV) it is now $18 per quart and $54 per gallon. I used to buy if in 1/2 gallons for ease of storage in the fridge and that is now $32 per half gallon!!!

 

Egads! Good thing we don't have to run our cars on the stuff! blush

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We get through litres of the stuff, gonna have to put the room rates up next year by the looks of it. Or come up with some maple free alternatives to my pancakes and brioche french toast specials.

It costs £34 a litre at the moment. sheesh

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It's about GBP 8 a litre around here... and I thought that was expensive. Okay, if you buy in the supermarket it's about GBP 10.

John, do you want to check what the import laws and duties are? Maybe I can ship some to you. Of course we have to check what shipping costs would be, as well.

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It's about GBP 8 a litre around here... and I thought that was expensive. Okay, if you buy in the supermarket it's about GBP 10.

John, do you want to check what the import laws and duties are? Maybe I can ship some to you. Of course we have to check what shipping costs would be, as well.

Why, have you got 10 mil pounds worth of it sitting in your garage. cheeky

No, that's very kind of you to offer, but I think with shipping and taxes and all the extra hastle it wouldn't be worth it. I do buy best quality Canadian organic, so I'll just find a cheaper version if it gets too expensive.

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Don't buy organic.... it's all organic. It's false advertising. These are trees, no pesticides are needed or used. As long as it's Canadian, it's all organic. Around here, the only stuff marked organic is mixed with a horrible rice syrup. http://www.bernards.ca/en/information/biological-syrop/

This is what the real stuff looks like....

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OMG there was I thinking I'm doing the right thing by buying organic. It comes from trees. blush

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The certification process is so expensive that few bother to do it. But most of the time it's just trees, sitting out there waiting for the season. They run plastic piping on them to a central location where it is collected. No one around here bothers with organic and the farmers themselves (we know quite a few) scoff at the designation.

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Because most of the trees are just 'out there' hanging around, doing nothing special but being trees, I do not get the 'organic' label at all. I don't think anyone 'feeds' sugar maples, they just live on what the roots reach!

However, if someone asked? Yes, our maple syrup is 'organic'. Nutrients come from the breakdown of all those dang leaves in the fall!

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Once when we made the trip to get maple syrup our grandsons were here. Mike Richter took them on a tour of the process. He has thousands of maple trees with tubing to his tanks. He then uses reverse osmosis to remove the water from the sap. He used to just let it run down the hill. That water is now bottled under the brand Treewater - it tastes wonderful and I wish I could afford to buy it. He showed the boys the whole process.

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Highlands John wrote:

OMG there was I thinking I'm doing the right thing by buying organic. It comes from trees. blush

I don't know much about "maple tree farming" but there's a big difference between organic strawberries and mass produced big farm strawberries....but technically they are both plants grown in the ground Smiling   

It never hurts to do a little research about the products you're using to see how much of a difference there is.

And of course, consumers (including your guests) LOVE hearing that products are green/organic/local, etc. -  so it's a good marketing point as well.

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It was a rented storage facility so it could have happened over time. Might be long gone at this point.

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Very sticky situation Yes!!! LOl

Lots of Maple candies,  fried eggs with maple syrup, maple bush at winter making candy in the snow. Selling at open markets at night.

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 eat alot of waffles and pancakes;

 

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 eat alot of waffles and pancakes;

 

 

At least 100 million pounds worth.

 

Better buy some bigger pants LOL

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 I stole it. Don't tell anyone....

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Storing it in your garage?

 

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It's in the pipeline...... direct to Texas

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yes but how do you transport it? how did no one notice it going? how would you sell it?

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Selling it will create a glut in the market, lowering prices temporarily. But it's a pretty hard thing to sell. Especially since most of us buy it in 540ml cans. I buy them in bulk, 8, 12 or 24 dozen at a time. And they look at me like I'm crazy when I buy that kind of quantity.

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 1.  How does a thief make off with 10 million pounds of ANYTHING?

 

2.   Knowing of this large theft, how does one market it? 

 

I guess we have to watch out for the guy selling maple syrup door to back door LOL

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What does a thief do with 10 million pounds of syrup?

Make a fortune!

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