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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

NB has moved to 3rd place on the list of the world’s largest maple syrup producers

New Brunswick has risen to third place on the list of the world's largest producers of maple syrup.

Key takeaways:

  • While maple syrup behemoths Quebec and Vermont were hit hard by late-winter weather this April, sap ran freely in New Brunswick.
  • According to Statistics Canada, Ontario will produce 2.8 million kg of syrup and related goods in 2021, which is 41% less than New Brunswick.

While maple syrup giants Quebec and Vermont suffered from late-winter weather this spring, sap flowed freely in New Brunswick, propelling the province to third place among the world’s greatest producers, according to new numbers.

“We had a better season than last year. That’s all I have to say, “According to Louise Poitras, president of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association.

Statistics Canada said on Wednesday that New Brunswick produced a record 4.7 million kilos (786,000 gallons) of maple syrup and related maple products earlier this year, a 40% increase over 2020.

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It was a very successful year for jurisdictions producing maple trees, largely concentrated in eastern North America.

Quebec has been the world’s major producer in strong years, accounting for three-quarters of global maple syrup output. However, unfavorable weather in March decreased the flow of sap in temperamental maple trees, resulting in a 24% decrease in yield.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Vermont, the world’s second-largest player, had a similar 21% loss, while New York state, the world’s third-largest, was down 20%.

The reduction in New York and the gain in New Brunswick resulted in the two states swapping places on the list of the world’s greatest maple syrup producers. New Brunswick moved up to the third place, while New York dropped to fourth.

Last month, Quebec producers made international news when they announced intentions to release roughly 23 million kg of syrup from their “strategic reserve” to cover output deficits.

Sap flows best through maple trees in late winter or early spring, when temperatures are below freezing at night and above freezing during the day.

NB rises to third on list of worlds largest maple syrup producers
NB rises to third on list of worlds largest maple syrup producers. Image from Yahoo News Canada.

Deviations from that trend can dramatically disrupt flows, as happened in practically all producing Canadian provinces and US states this year, except New Brunswick.

“Mother Nature is always a consideration. If we have decent temps and weather, we will have production, “Poitras stated.

“What occurred in Quebec was that the season was too short.”

New Brunswick has been a success story for maple syrup. Over the last 15 years, production has tripled, with the province dedicating hundreds of new hectares of public land to the sector. According to estimates, producers made a record $31.7 million this year.

The New Brunswick government stated that it was “pleased” to see the rise.

Ontario, which briefly claimed the title of Canada’s second-largest syrup producer after New Brunswick had a terrible year in 2018, again experienced production issues this year, falling farther behind its rival.

According to Statistics Canada, Ontario will produce 2.8 million kg of syrup and related goods in 2021, which is 41% less than New Brunswick.

Source: CBC News

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