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Maple syrup crop delivers both quantity and quality

June 17, 2013

LONGUEUIL, QC, June 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – The weather cooperated with
the maple run this year, creating just the right temperatures to get
the sap flowing throughout March and April in all of Quebec’s
maple-producing regions. The result is a bumper year for maple syrup.
With the sole exception of the week of March 14-21, where even Quebec’s
maples were granted a week’s rest, the exceptional conditions of slight
freezing at night and thawing during the day, with temperatures rarely
exceeding 12 degrees, have produced a crop that will go down in
history. The 42.7 million taps operated by the 7,300 maple syrup
producers in Quebec have produced 120.3 million pounds of syrup, an
all-time high, with an average of 2.82 pounds per tap. It would be fair
to call it an excellent harvest. The previous record was from 2009,
when production hit 109 million pounds and average production per tap
was 2.65 pounds. Yet 2013 provides not just quantity, but also quality.
The classification reports to date show the harvest to be of very good
quality, undoubtedly due in part to the absence of a heat wave during
sugaring season.

“What was special about this year? Perfect sugaring conditions that
lasted a relatively long time for all of Quebec’s regions. As of the
second week of March, all Quebec regions were already in production,
which is really uncommon, and all of them produced until at least the
second-to-last week of April, which is even more uncommon,” explains
Serge Beaulieu, president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup
Producers. “As such, the maple producers in the far east of Quebec,
specifically in Bas-Saint-Laurent, had yields as high as those of their
fellow producers to the west, in Montérégie (2.96 lb./tap and 2.93
lb./tap respectively).”

A strategic reserve with an important role to play

After the string of relatively poor harvests from 2005 to 2008, the
strategic maple syrup reserve that has been gradually amassed since
2009 has played an important role in guaranteeing supply for the
development of new markets in both Canada and abroad. Considering that
on an actuarial basis the optimal level of syrup at the start of the
season is 39 million pounds, the reserve will no doubt need to grow
significantly over the year, but it will also be able to play a role in
stabilizing prices until the results of the upcoming crops come in.
Along with the Marketing Agreement, the strategic reserve is one of the
key tools maple syrup producers have developed over the past decade to
stabilize supply and prices, and consequently support the development
of the entire maple industry.

About the FPAQ

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was founded in 1966 with
the mission of defending and promoting the economic, social and moral
interests of its 7,300 maple businesses, all working together to
collectively market their products. The quality of their work and their
products has made Quebec the producer of close to 75% of today’s global
maple syrup output.

     ____________________________________________________
    |                     Quebec maple syrup crop        |
    |____________________________________________________|
    |    |         Total Volume         |                |
    |Year|(sales at the farm, retail and|     Yield      |
    |    |            bulk,             |(pounds per tap)|
    |    |    in millions of pounds)    |                |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2013|                  120.3       |         2.82   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2012|                   96.1       |         2.24   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2011|                  101.9       |         2.39   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2010|                   88.1       |         2.04   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2009|                  109.4       |         2.65   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2008|                   58.8       |         1.56   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2007|                   61.7       |         1.73   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|
    |2006|                   68.6       |         1.99   |
    |____|______________________________|________________|

2013 maple syrup production estimates by maple-producing region in
Quebec

     ____________________________________________________________________
    |                     |          |            |Maple Syrup|          |
    |Administrative Region|Number of |   Yield    |Production |   Taps   |
    |                     |Businesses|(pounds/tap)| (pounds)  | (Number) |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Chaudière-Appalaches |   3,318  |      2.69  |44,235,128 |16,474,197|
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Bas-St-Laurent,      |          |            |           |          |
    |Gaspésie             |     575  |      2.96  |24,688,950 |8,342,621 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Eastern Townships    |     840  |      2.85  |19,865,933 |6,971,161 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Centre-du-Québec,    |          |            |           |          |
    |Mauricie             |     845  |      2.94  |13,810,532 |4,697,952 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Montérégie           |     516  |      2.93  | 7,511,000 |2,564,937 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Capitale-Nationale,  |          |            |           |          |
    |Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean |     209  |      3.06  | 4,285,971 |1,401,846 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Laurentides,         |          |            |           |          |
    |Outaouais,           |          |            |           |          |
    |Abitibi-Témiscamingue|     162  |      2.72  | 4,000,482 |1,471,088 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Lanaudière, Laval,   |          |            |           |          |
    |Montreal             |     148  |      2.52  | 1,925,839 |  763,761 |
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |TOTAL                |   6,613  |      2.82  |120,323,835|42,687,563|
    |_____________________|__________|____________|___________|__________|
    |Source:                                                             |
    |AGÉCO Group 2013                                                    |
    |Estimated average maple syrup production yield and number of taps,  |
    |by region and for all of Quebec for 2013                            |
    |____________________________________________________________________|

SOURCE FEDERATION OF QUEBEC MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS


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