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Quebec’s maple syrup producers losing ground as U.S. imports rise: report

Global News logo Global News 2018-03-08 Justin Bulman
Quebec's abundance of maple syrup supply is a result of strict restrictive rules. File photo. © Natasha Pace / Global News Quebec's abundance of maple syrup supply is a result of strict restrictive rules. File photo.

The Montreal Economic Institute is calling on Quebec's maple syrup federation to loosen its rules as the province's share of the market declines.

A report by the institute says syrup imports from the United States are increasing, while Quebec struggles with unsold inventory.

Report author Alexandre Moreau blames the province's maple syrup federation, which sets quotas and controls production and marketing in the province.

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He says in a statement that while Quebec producers are bound by restrictive rules, those outside the province are taking advantage to increase their market share.

According to the report, Quebec's share of global maple syrup fell from 82 per cent in 2003 to 72 per cent in 2017.

Moreau is calling on the federation to allow Quebec producers to sell their syrup without having to submit to its rules.

-- with files from The Canadian Press

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