Quebec maple syrup producers given go-ahead to boost output

The regulatory body that oversees agriculture in Quebec is allowing another five million taps in order to increase the province’s maple syrup production.

Province's production expected to jump 12 per cent to help meet global demand

The province of Quebec is allowing an additional five million maple syrup taps to help producers meet growing market demand. (Stu Mills/CBC)

The regulatory body that oversees agriculture in Quebec will allow maple syrup producers to increase production of the breakfast staple. 

The Régie des Marchés Agricole et alimentaires du Québec (RMAAQ) agreed to the increase at the request of the union that represents maple syrup producers.

The new quota will allow the province's producers to increase their production by 12 per cent, the equivalent of another five million taps.

According to the union, known as the FPAQ, the additional taps will mean an investment of nearly $100 million from producers. Every new tree tap is valued around $20.

Growth in the industry

The president of the FPAQ, Serge Beaullier, says about 30 per cent of the new taps will be allocated to new businesses.

"The rest will be given to producers who want to increase their production," he said.

Quebec produces just over 100 million pounds of maple syrup each year.

Last year, the syrup sales in domestic and overseas markets grew between eight and 10 per cent.

Good news for manufacturers

Companies that manufacture tools for maple syrup producers are also celebrating the larger quota.

Along with making more taps for trees, companies expect there will be a greater need for things like evaporators and tanks.

Jean-François Goulet, vice-president of research and development for Les Équipements Lapierre, estimates his business will see an increase of 20 per cent

"This is great news," he said.