How Maple Syrup is Sold
Québec maple producers can sell their syrup in 3 ways:
Here’s How Maple Syrup is Sold in Québec
All maple syrup sold in bulk, in containers of more than 5 litres, to the Québec Maple Syrup Producers Sales Agency or to an authorized buyer, is inspected and graded by an independent firm. Any producer who sells maple syrup in bulk must have a quota.
The list of authorized buyers can be found here.
Sales of maple syrup in containers of 5 litres or less to customers who are not acquiring it for personal use are considered as occurring through intermediaries.
The most common examples of this type of transaction are maple syrup sold for resale or distribution (grocery stores, convenience stores, markets, boutiques, retailers, wholesalers, workplace fundraisers), for processing or food service (restaurants, pastry shops, bakeries, butcher shops, hotels, cafeterias, sugar shacks not owned by a producer), for gifts to employees or clients, community groups, organizations, and institutions (schools, hospitals, care homes).
Intermediary sales also include cashless activities such as service exchanges, corporate donations, and promotions.
Any producer who sells maple syrup through an intermediary must hold a valid quota.
Buying Bulk Maple Syrup in Québec