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. ThomJeff

    What a sticky situation.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. l1234

    Does anyone know where Winnie the Pooh is?

    August 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Pooh is knee deep in syrup and who-ares right now

      September 1, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd Bobo

      Just think about it! What a hot sticky mess! I guess I know what I am giving my friends : stolen maple syrup and Hungry Jack / or Aunt Jemima Pancake mix! ummm good! And we'll all be a hot sticky mess, and roll around in leaves... Maybe someone is trying to corner the maple syrup market? Cruella Deville where are you, in your faux dalmation coat?

      September 1, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Darkk69

    Guess we won't have maple syrup for our french toast for awhile?

    August 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alicia

    Hahahahahahahaaa!!! watch for black market maple syrup folks...LOL... maybe the chinese are buying it.. or the Russians for rocket too funny., thats the last thing I'd steal. Crooks are getting dumber by the

    August 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      A small can (maybe 600ml or so) can cost up to $10 at the grocery store. That would be something like $60 to $70 a gallon. Wayyyy more valuable than your "expensive" gasoline in the US. If they can sell it there's a fortune to be made even if they sell it for half the retail value. You still think they're dumb Alicia?

      September 1, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. timfitz

    justice for hoarding and price manipulating.. they created its higher value which made it worth stealing... Almost funny

    August 31, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • guesswho22

      so true... greed capitalist pigs, those French

      September 1, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. the decider

    no way did this just happen. I always joked that Canadas biggest enemies were maple syrup bandits!! omg its actually true AHHAHAHAHhh

    September 1, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. DougD

    Hmm.......perhaps the thief has a sweet-tooth? Maybe we should have an "Amber Alert"? Hey police....likely an inside job....don't be a bunch of saps.

    September 1, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Olderbutwiser

    Ten million pounds. That's 250 tractor trailerr loads, not to mention the time it takes to transfer that much syrup. I just find it hard to believe that someone could pull off a theft like that. Who has the equipment, the financing and the storage space, not to mention the market.

    One other thnig bothers me: this is a food product made for human consumption. If this was left unsupervised long enough for someone to walk off with 10 million pounds worth, what about the possibility that it was tampered with?

    I am hoping this was just a clerical error and those barrrels were transferred to this storage area empty...

    September 1, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      They didn't steal 10 million pounds of it. They stole a chunk of the 10 million pounds stored there. No specific amount has been given as to how much they stole, just that it was worth millions.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. hanyach

    I think somebody, somewhere has sticky fingers

    September 1, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. DebAH

    "the warehouse, which "had been secured by a fence and locks, and visited regularly," federation president Serge Beaulieu said in the statement."

    If this is true how did the thieves have time to break in and steal "up to 10 million pounds of syrup" They even had time to transfer the syrup from the barrels it was stored in to some container bought by the thieves.

    Idk something sounds fishy. That much inventory and they didn't have onsite security or an alarm or something? Seems like it's very lax security and/or, an inside job.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. someGuy

    haha only in......canada?

    September 1, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • LiveFreeOrDie

      Yeah, but a least we don't go around shooting at people...

      September 1, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    I have 2 theories: #1)The Kardashians learned through a top secret source that the fountain of youth can be found in Maple Syrup! They just wanted a jump on the compet.ition before it becomes common knowledge! The "deal" was so hush-hush the officials don't know about it yet! #2) The syrup was moved to another facility & there was a little snafu w/the paper work! It will all be straightened out on Monday! Have a good Laborday w-e, y'all!!

    September 1, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. giz

    Science fiction becoming fact, John Ringo pretty much predicted exactly this scenario! For those who have no sense of humor, I wrote this in jest.

    September 1, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. lol

    How on earth do these thieves plan on fencing millions of dollars in syrup? lol...

    September 1, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. onesittingbill

    Soundoff sucks

    September 1, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
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