A biased analysis and without grades according to the FPAQ

Quebec has beaten four records in production, sales, income, and export of maple syrup in 2017.

Photo credit : Courtesy – the Federation of Quebec maple syrup producers

The Federation of Quebec maple syrup producers (FPAQ) rejects the criticisms of the Montreal economic Institute (MEI).

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Director-general of the FPAQ, Simon Trépanier recalled that the freedom envisaged by Alexandre Moreau has already existed in the 1970s and 1980s. The maple syrup producers were able to sell their products to who they wanted and negotiated prices by themselves.

“This freedom was synonymous to a limit that is desirable, or the impossibility of living the production of their sugarbush. The IDEM points out that the Quebec maple syrup was stuck in a cul-de-sac economically. The number of taps was stagnant and exports were all the same. The only thing that varied was the price of maple syrup,” says Mr. Trépanier.

In this context, a acériculteur willing to live of his production could not plan any structured development. “The market of the maple was too volatile. Entrepreneurship maple was difficult in this context to the immense variability of potential revenue,” says Simon Trépanier.


In 1989, following a referendum of the maple producers, 84 % have agreed to work together on the marketing of maple syrup. According to the FPAQ, in 29 years, quebec farmers have multiplied by 3.5 times their volume of production and added $ 27 million of cuts in order to meet the developed markets.

“Between 2007 and 2017, 675 new farms maple syrup may have started in Quebec. It is rather rare that one speaks of the start-up of the farms in this period where we are dismantling other types of agriculture,” says Simon Trépanier.

Simon Trépanier, executive director of the FPAQ.


In 2017, the FPAQ has beaten the record syrup production in quebec (152 million pounds) in sales from the Russian Federation (118 million pounds), the level of income of producers from quebec ($325 million) and exports (101 million pounds).

“The MEI passes in addition to these record figures and underlines that the additions of nicks in the United States using only the percentages of development and not the absolute numbers. From 2000 to 2018, the province has added 13 million of cuts, the equivalent of almost all of the nicks currently in operation in the United States,” says Simon Trépanier.

Import and tools

On the point of the import of maple syrup in Quebec, the FPAQ refuses to talk to an explosion.

“Canadian processors have imported five million pounds in 2017. The Americans concentrate mainly on their domestic market. This leaves the way free for our processors to continue the conquest of the planet,” says Simon Trépanier.

For the latter, the tools of marketing have led to the development of the sector quebec maple.

“Producers have had to make concessions in dictating rules are voted on democratically in the assemblies to ensure a market consistent and orderly. The FPAQ does not dictate anything. It has the mandate to implement the decisions of the producers,” concludes Mr. Trépanier.