Non-Agreement Sales of Maple Syrup

Non-Agreement Sales of Maple Syrup

April 8, 2022

Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) recently learned that a stakeholder–a producer–has undertaken efforts to earn premium prices for maple syrup produced this year. According to our information, non-agreement volumes will be up for bid, but not syrup managed by the Sales Agency. While this endeavour therefore falls outside the purview of the marketing agreement, we are watching closely to ensure that all applicable regulations are respected.

Key Points

  • Based on the information we have at this time, the initiative does not appear to contravene current regulations.
  • Our marketing agreement (the Convention de mise en marché du sirop d’érable) defines minimum prices for maple syrup. Buyers are free to pay premium prices at any time if they wish, whether or not the product is being offered for bid.
  • Producers who participate in such an initiative are bound by the regulations in place, which provide for penalties in the event of infractions.
  • The promoter is not authorized to collect and store barrels from any QMSP members who choose to participate. This would be in contravention of the regulations, as the promoter is not an authorized buyer.

Please note that QMSP does not, in any way, endorse unsolicited communications with producers or the dissemination of inaccurate information about market conditions that may be associated with the stakeholder’s efforts.