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. Josh

    Elsewhere in the news....

    10,000 pallets of Aunt Jemima instant pancake mix was reported stolen....

    August 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |

    Good, good... i'm addicted to maple syrup. Now i can get it off the street for cheap. Gonna get me a dime bag of maple.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Parrot Puss McGill

    Yeah, you, comere.
    I got a kilo of hot maple syrup, cheap.
    You interested ?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smart Guy

    Making worlds largest pancake this weekend on sun. Who wants to help me?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughingsalmon

      LOLOLOL!!!!Count me in!!! Ur a Funny Smart Guy

      August 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. t3chn0ph0b3

    Who's going to buy black market maple syrup? How can anyone possibly unload that much product without getting caught? This makes about as much sense as robbing a Gold Medal flour factory.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A. Quatroni

    Christ, people will steal anyhing. I got some old dirty underwear and socks, want 'em?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Only if they're red and white.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blame CANADA

    They're making ethanol out of it. Gotta tap all of the reserves now, there's a huricaine in the gulf.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Yeah, we have to tap all our reserves because we are sending you most of our oil.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I'm not your buddy, guy!

    As if Canada wasn't already the laughing stock of the world.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Hey buddy ! Back off, eh ! We'll send our ninja beavers after you.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimdog33

      I can't think of any funnier countries but I can think of many more countries that are a joke.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      "the global strategic maple syrup reserve" need I say more?

      August 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Canadian Beaver

    Somebody is going to really hyper for a few weeks.......

    August 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    -The following is an inside Canadian joke. Americans likely won't get it and probably shouldn't read-

    They should check Sunnyvale trailer park in Nova Scotia. I'll bet it's in Bubble's shed.

    -The preceding was an inside Canadian joke.-

    August 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Good one, hoser !

      August 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimdog33

    Guarantee asian/south asian mafia links here. MASSIVE market for north american maple syrup over in Asia and as with everything else that region demands, an illegal black market framework is in place to supply it, fueled by supply theft from where it's produced. Waiting for a chinese state corporation to buy all canadian maple syrup producers, just like they're doing with our mineral & oil companies.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RealVoiceOfReason

    This is one sticky situation.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laura

    Someone had sticky fingers!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JeffinIL

    This article is begging to be poured over puncakes.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      LOL. Yep!

      August 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yes1fan

    Tried to steal molassesfirst, but it took too long....

    August 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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