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. VT_Citizen

    10 million pounds of syrup stolen? Consider the logistics of this. You would need a train or a fleet of tractor-trailer units. I am seriously doubting the story. It has to be an insurance scam.

    No worries though, it just means we will get more for ours.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ChiTownArt

    A very sweet heist.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VoiceOfReason

    It figures, exactly one month after 100,000,000 boxes of pancake mix were stolen in Kentucky...

    August 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      Thanks for the chuckle.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clete

    I would begin to search, high and low, for someone having a large pancake breakfast.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fritz

    Sheesh! Now they're stealing the syrup right off my pancakes! What's the word coming to!? ;op

    August 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wildone

    All evidence points to someone named Mrs. Butterworth.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pflatman

    Looks like Ricky, Julian and Bubs got their ultimate heist.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WhackyWaco

    Could it have evaporated?

    August 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. abbydelabbey

    I was relieved to read that this occurred in Canada or I would have to check our cabinets! My husband's sweet teeth are beyond help! 😉

    Somebody up there is going to have a serious sugar "high," eh?

    August 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. markiejoe

    Maybe there's an underground market for the best maple syrup at the elite restaurants of Europe or something.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    They'll probably sell it as counterfeit corn syrup.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the Sticky Bandits

    strike again.

    Shame on you, Marv & Harry.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mslch

    Search the Waffle House?

    August 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. take the Canadian Bacon,


    Just step away from my waffle juice alone.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadians LOVE to talk about WEED, all of the time, so

    there probably was none in the vats to begin with, or they purchased weed with the proceeds from their previous batch of syrup.

    Canadian pot smokers of today make the hosers from the 80s look intelligent, in comparison.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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