Millions of dollars in maple syrup stolen
As much as 80% of the world's maple syrup comes from Quebec.
August 31st, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Millions of dollars in maple syrup stolen

Talk about sticky-fingered thieves. They've struck in Quebec, snatching millions of dollars worth of maple syrup from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, between Montreal and Quebec City.

Up to 10 million pounds of syrup was in the warehouse, according to a statement from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which bills itself as keeper of  the global strategic maple syrup reserve.

Officials could not say exactly how much of the product was stolen, but a Quebec police official told The Globe and Mail it was a substantial quantity.

“We know that it’s millions of dollars that was stolen,” Sgt. Richard Gagné is quoted as saying. “It’s a very large amount.”

The 10 million pounds of syrup that was in the warehouse is worth more than $30 million, according to the federation statement.

The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check of the warehouse, which "had been secured by a fence and locks, and visited regularly," federation president Serge Beaulieu said in the statement.

The barrels that originally contained the syrup were empty, meaning it was somehow transferred to some other kind of containers to complete the theft, the federation said.

The warehouse where the theft occurred was being used to temporarily store the sweet stuff while a new facility was being prepared.

As much as 80% of the world's maple syrup comes from Quebec, the federation said.

Though the federation is insured for the loss, if the stolen syrup makes its way onto the market, it could hurt the group's 10,000 members.

"The marketing of the stolen maple syrup will affect the entire maple industry. It is crucial to identify those responsible for this crime," the statement said.

“Obviously those people stole the maple syrup to sell it somewhere,” federation director Anne-Marie Granger Godbout told The Globe and Mail. “If it’s a big volume, it could be very harmful for the maple syrup industry. The companies that are working in this industry will have to compete with some company that didn’t pay for the maple syrup.”

The federation said the theft shouldn't affect supplies available to the public.

"The sales agency's maple syrup inventory is spread across several storage locations which were not subject to theft," Beaulieu said in the statement.

The amount in the warehouse represents about one-10th of Quebec's 2012 harvest and more than 25% of the federation's stock, CNN affiliate CBC reported.

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  1. CreedsWord

    This seems like an April 1st story.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Slim Jim

    Insurance scam anyone? Improper sealing or poor storage can cause the syrup to ruin. And how could they have lost so much in a short time from a secure warehouse? Dump the liquid then make a smoke screen and let everyone know that it will damage the market... I doubt we'll see any changes in the price of maple syrup. Actually, I think I see a good reason now to increase the price of maple syrup!

    August 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TommyTee

      Why in the hell am I paying 8 bucks for half litrer of maple syrup if they have that much of it! I hate this socialist province I am living...there is more goverment in quebec that anywhere else in the free world...ughhh

      August 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I'd better re read

    Boycott any new bottles labeled : ABC Maple Syrup or Fast Eddie's ...

    August 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zobby

    Oh wow this is big news, great job CNN.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scoop14

    10 Million pounds is about 1M gal. of syrup. A tanker truck with a tanker tractor can hold in the vicinity of 20K gal. 50 tanker trucks with trailers. How would someone steal that much?

    August 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Your math is off. It'd be a hell of a lot more trucks than that. No truck can carry 20,000 gallons of syrup - that'd be a 200,000lb truck - WAY more than what is allowed by law to move across the road.

      7,000 gallons is about the most a truck could carry of maple syrup. So it's more like in the neighborhood of 150 trucks.

      One-Hundred and Fifty Trucks. That doesn't just happen under the radar.

      August 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark2

      10M was what was in the warehouse...not how much was stolen.....lets assume (i kno i shouldnt...) it was only 1M gallons...or like 3 million dollars since they say 10M gallons is $30M....well that is 1/10....or only 15 tanker trucks...something WAAAYYYY more manageable lol

      August 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syrupdude

      Can you say INSIDE JOB!

      August 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gdaym8

    PSsssssssssssssst! (Opens trench coat)--wanna buy some syrup?

    August 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gdaym8

    Anybody check E-BAY?

    August 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Now THAT'S funny. Good one....

      August 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. johanna

    walter white aka 'eisenberg' is back! meth is so last year. he's on to the golden stuff this time...

    August 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lroy

    Next, Quebec relies on American made maple syrup to make up the lost.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    Sounds like something Walter White would pull off.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JcReliver

    Winnie !!!! You bad, bad bear !!!!

    August 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tacmarine1

    Sounds like someone had read John Ringo's book " Live Free or Die", be on the lookout for a Mr. Tyler Vernon.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Norman

    Now I'm not saying I know who REALLY stole the sticky, sweet sap from Canada, but Vermont has a very guilty look on its face...just saying, ya know. :-)

    August 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RIck Springfield

    Look for it to be sold in China. They will then package it as Golden Y maple syrup and sold mainy in the USA. You would be surprised how much of this goes on. Its one reason China has the edge on the rest of the world.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TreeLife12

    Someone should investigate the maple trees I saw running away from the warehouses.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
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