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. lindaluttrell

    I shudder at that stack of pancakes...

    September 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Butterworth

    Get ready for the Great Pancake Riot of 2012.

    September 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Hester

      I think it may have been the I-HOP chain

      September 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Beth Yamasato syrup is corn syrup with maple "flavoring" NOT REAL maple syrup...there is a huge difference in the taste!

      September 4, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. OrygunGrif

    My waffles were sad this morning.

    September 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hmmmm

    I stoled the syrup! I'm using it to take baths in....

    September 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ILooooveMapleSyrup

    On a completely separate note ladies and gentlemen...I have recently acquired A LOT of maple syrup recently...bidding starts at $10 a bottle...XD

    September 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Seems like Quebec has gotten itself into a sticky situation... Anybody? Anybody? No? Awww....

    September 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jannette HInde

    i AM not a detective but even I can see that something is not quiet right here – how can someone steal a LOT of syrup and NO ONE SEES IT GO THAT WOULD TAKE THE SECURITY TO HAVE BEEN BLIND and not to have noticed another container the size of the one holding the stuff which must of been pretty large and anyway who would sit around a table with whoever and say
    . . . ok this weekend we are going to steal loads and loads of syrup for what purpose unless it was those angry bees cos they have been finding flowers with pollen hard to find this summer so i am told ha ha

    September 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RIck Springfield

    Better question Crackle Barrel. They buy 30-percent of the US supply. Imagine if they could corner the market.

    September 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meow

    Someone called the Super Troopers to investigate this one, right??

    September 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Otkon

    Knowing that all of Canadia runs on maple syrup and snow, the economy will now grind to a halt. Stay polite and calm, hosers. Hockey season is right around the metric corner. And to paraphrase your greatest compatriot, your hearts will go

    September 2, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • scott card

      Wow. I like it.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vermontlover

    Ah, but the best maple syrup comes from Vermont! The Super Troopers up there at least can guard it! Anyone for a sugar on snow party? Someone hand me a donut and a dill pickle?

    September 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Panties

    I must confess. I stole all of that maple syrup.

    September 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      So "you" are the one with "sticky" fingers?

      September 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panties

      Yes, I am. I am holding it for ransom.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      What is your price? Have you made your demands known? lol

      September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Flower

    MAYBE the barrels were empty all along. . .

    September 3, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Shawn Irwin

    Chemical testing can catch the theives . . . . when they try to market it . . . I would bet on it.

    September 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. luciferjr

    I'll take Mrs Butterworth's any day over that watery maple syrup that coast $12 bottle.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
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