Canada's 'OPEC of maple syrup' taps into strategic reserves amid global shortage
The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers cartel is releasing roughly half its stockpile
Canada's "OPEC of maple syrup" announced it is releasing roughly half its strategic reserves – to the tune of 50 million pounds of maple syrup – due to a worldwide shortage of the traditional waffle and pancake topping.
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The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers comprised of some 11,000 Canadian maple syrup producers controls roughly 70% of the world's maple syrup supply, and its stranglehold on the market has been "compared to the Organization of the Petroleum Countries' grip on oil" according to The New York Post.
But the group says they have been hit with a surge in demand due to more folks cooking at home amid the pandemic, coupled with a 24% year-over-year drop in production due to warmer temperatures during spring along with a shorter season.
Not only will the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers release its reserves, but they plan to authorize more production next season to make up for this year's drop. According to NPR, the group will tap an extra 7 million trees in an effort to get back to typical production levels and to replenish their reserves.
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"That's why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup," Quebec Maple Syrup Producers' communications director Helene Normandin told the outlet. "And we won't miss maple syrup!"