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Maple Syrup Cartel Has a Plan to Cover Shortfall

  • Reserves will likely be tapped after output hurt by cold
  • Quebec group sets prices for almost three-quarters of supplies
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Photographer: Joanna Kosinsk

The OPEC of maple syrup has a plan to cover this year’s shortfall of the sticky breakfast staple.

Output of maple syrup in Quebec, the largest global producer, is poised to fall as much as 27 percent to 110 million pounds (49,900 metric tons), according to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers -- a government-sanctioned sales agency that sets bulk prices for about 72 percent of the world’s syrup and limits farmer output through quotas. Production was hurt after below-average daytime temperatures resulted in less sap flowing from the province’s trees.