A sweet deal for the world that’s slightly bitter for Quebec


A sweet deal for the world that’s slightly bitter for Quebec

Quebec to unlock the only maple syrup strategic reserve amid rising demand at a time of small harvests and theft

Rod Nickel

Maple syrup producers in Quebec, Canada, are releasing more than half of the world’s only strategic reserve of the sweet topping to keep up with soaring demand, avoiding a sticky situation for pancake lovers.

Sales of maple syrup have climbed since the pandemic spread last year and led to more people eating at home, according to Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP), a group that manages the reserve.

Adding to the syrup squeeze, Quebec’s harvest this year was the smallest in three years due to unusually warm weather. Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees in eastern North America, when alternating freezing and thawing temperatures in spring cause sap to flow...

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