International News Nov 27, 2021 7:48 PM EST

Canada taps strategic supply of maple syrup to counteract severe global shortage

Canada's Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) told the press on Thursday that they will release 50 million pounds of the coveted breakfast liquid in order to keep the commerce flowing.

Canada taps strategic supply of maple syrup to counteract severe global shortage
James Anthony Montreal QC

Canada's Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) told the press on Thursday that they will release 50 million pounds of the coveted breakfast liquid in order to keep the commerce flowing.

This number represents approximately have of their total reserves at this time.

Canada's province of Quebec is the font of more than two thirds of the world's maple syrup supply, with most of their clients being just across the border in the US, according to NPR.

The emergency stems from two happenings this year. On one hand, demand has shot up by around 21% in 2021 for maple syrup. On the other hand, this stuff can only be harvested during the spring, and this year, Quebec's spring was unusually warm and short, which meant that yields were low across the board.

"That's why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup. And we won't miss maple syrup!" stated Helene Normandin, the Director of Communications for the QMSP.

Normandin continued, mentioning the QMSP's plans for next year's season in order to get back on track: "What we can figure at this moment is maybe the season here in Quebec will start a bit earlier in February, instead of March, and end earlier also."

She also mentioned that they will be tapping more trees next season in order to keep meeting increased demand and replenish the now-depleted reserves.

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