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While high gas prices have pressured President Biden to exploit the United States ‘strategic oil reserves, the United States’ neighbor in the north also has a shortage of another so-called “liquid gold”.
The Canadian group Quebec Maple Syrup Producers recently announced that they are releasing around £ 50 million of their strategic salary syrup reserves – about half of the total stock.
Quebec produces almost 70% of the world’s maple syrup, with the United States as the largest customer for sweets. However, this year, producers failed to keep up with global demand, which rose by 21%, according to Bloomberg.
Maple syrup is made from the juice of maple trees, which is traditionally harvested by installing a metal crane in the tree trunk. Modern juice harvesting usually involves a system of plastic pipes and vacuum cleaners to collect the juice from several trees to a central location where it can be refined into syrup.
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However, this is a seasonal process, since maple juice can only be harvested under specific weather conditions. So, this year’s short and hot spring resulted in an uncharacteristically low yield for producers.
“That’s why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup. And we do not want to miss maple syrup!” said Helene Normandin, communications director at Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.
Although it is difficult to predict what next year’s crop will look like, Normandin said they are already planning for the future.
“What we can find out at the moment is perhaps that the season here in Quebec starts a little earlier in February, instead of March, and ends earlier as well,” she said.
This is not the first time Quebec’s salary syrup reserve has made headlines. In 2012, more than 3,000 tonnes of maple syrup were stolen from the warehouse within months. The value of the robbery was estimated at almost $ 19 million Canadian dollars.
Quebec Maple Syrup producers will drop 7 million more trees in the near future to replenish reserves and ensure they can meet demand next year.
So go ahead and top the pancakes and waffles with the Canadian liquid gold this holiday weekend.
The audio version of this story was produced by Gustavo Contreras and edited by Jonaki Mehta.