During a routine inventory check where the syrup is held temporarily the theft was discovered. The Federation of Québec Maple Syrup Producers, which is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, initially kept quiet about the news, hoping the crime would soon be solved.
But the sticky goodness is still missing. Nearly five million kilograms to be exact.
Québec produces nearly 70 to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, making it the biggest manufacturer in the world.
The Algonquins and other Native American Indians from the northeastern United States and southeast Canada were the ones who showed the Europeans from France and Britain how to draw the sap out of the sugar maple trees.
Later on, the European settlers introduced iron and copper pots into the process, thereby producing the consistency of the syrup people know today. The syrup itself became an integral part of the trade in the colonies until sugar cane became the new sweetener.
France alone is one of Europe’s top three importers of the syrup. Last year it imported over 500 000 kilograms of it from Canada.
The problem with such a theft is it’s nearly impossible to trace and track the syrup, making it particularly difficult for authorities to close this case. While the missing syrup may damage global markets, it won’t be a problem for consumers. “We still have enough maple syrup. There will be no shortage” confirmed Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, executive director of the federation.
In the mean time though, keep an eye out for any dubious maple syrup stash.