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. NutGrinder

    There's something seriously fishy about this story... the thieves emptied the barrels, 10million pounds?? How do you even do that? I can't math but that would take a TON of man power and container trucks. I smell fraud!... or is it April 1st?

    September 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. benben7754

    I would look for an accounting error,before signing the insurance check.Smells fishy!

    September 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StevenMP

      Check in with Trailer Park Boys. I think they may have knowledge. Now, gimme some smokes Trevor.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pika

      It was Ricky and Bubbles for sure.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rob breisch

    Consider the possibility of a off market company that dilutes the syrup to say 5% and bottles it for sales at Dollar stores
    where you can buy Mrs Butterworths 5% maple syrup for a $1. Millions in profit to be made with counterfeit syrup.Or ship it to Mexico.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. MPegan

    This doesn't sound right. For 'millions' of dollars of syrup to have been stolen, that would require at minimum 666,666 pounds of syrup at the stated $3/lb value. This much syrup would fill more than a dozen full size tanker trucks. I find it hard to believe that no one noticed a half mile line of tanker trucks breaking into the syrup factory at night.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. KHungus

    Your bacon is just round ham. Sorry to break that news to you on the heals of your tragic maple syrup caper.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cheryl

    next in breakfast caper: "Thieves Target Eggo Factory"....

    September 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. cheryl

    ...Police interrogate Jimmy Dean...Aunt Jemima tears up during interview...

    September 6, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Marc

    This is terrible for our monopoly and price fixing on maple syrup! Waaaaaaah!
    But yeah for the syrup to be gone and the containers it was in to still be there... Something tells me this is an insurance or price fixing scam. Or possibly a scam to gain support for some new law that would only benefit their syrup conglomerate.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nofluer

      more like embezzlement... maybe someone made some unauthorized "withdrawals" from the company's bank accounts and covered it with product...

      September 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Squeezebox

    Turn it into ethanol and fence it to gasoline refiners. It's better for us in that form anyway. LOL :)

    September 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. charlie

    I bet it was Magdalena's father who did it. He's from Montreal.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. hillbillynwv

    A gallon of Amish maple syrup cost $55/gallon. Just give me the cheapo Log Cabin syrup!

    September 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nofluer

    Ummmm.... has anyone looked at the weight of the guards? Did they hire thin people and retire really fat ones? 10 Million pounds missing... average two pounds per pancake stack per day per guard (pure maple syrup for free would encourage the thieves to put a LOT on a plate...) X 365 days per year ... plus the "shrinkage" of guards taking some home for the kiddies... Yeah... its possible... Next case! ;-D

    September 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. timd

    Oh jesus. This is definitely going to drive up the cost of pancake breakfasts. I for one will be switching to boysenberry.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. are0lies

    pssssst. Wanna buy some syrup. Overstock from the warehouse.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mr. Bear

    My fellow bears did it! Heck, I did not know that we'd learned how to drive! Praise Smokey – the Bandit has surely taught us something!

    No more homeless bears, no more homeless bears! They've taken our land, now we re-take our maple.

    September 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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