From the forest
Maple products from Québec come from a single ingredient: the sap of maple trees.
The flow of sap is a natural phenomenon, unique to North America. It occurs each spring when daytime
and nighttime temperatures alternate above and below freezing. Québec maple producers collect the sap,
and take it to the sugar shack for evaporation and processing into maple products.
It’s a complex process that demands knowledge and precision.
The new government regulations for the classification of maple syrup are now in effect.
This new grading regime separates maple syrup into two categories and four colour classes.
As of December 13, 2016, maple products for export are labelled in accordance with the
new classification system. Containers of maple syrup for sale in Québec, however, may display
grading by the old or new regulations. Maple producers who sell only in Québec
have until December 2017 to change the labelling of their products
to reflect the new classification system.
Grade A maple syrup is obtained only by concentrating maple sap, does not ferment,
is clear and uniform in colour, is free of objectionable odor or taste,
and has a maple flavour characteristic of its colour class.
Processing Grade maple syrup is obtained only by concentrating maple sap,
ut it does not qualify for Grade A.
Maple Products - Special Certifications
There are a number of different certifications for Maple Products from Québec, each attesting to
a particular mode of production and all affirming their superior quality.
Maple: a partner in healthy eating
It’s common knowledge that maple syrup from Québec is 100% pure, without added colouring,
artificial flavours or preservatives. But did you know that they also contain minerals and vitamins?
It’s no wonder maple syrup’s properties and natural components are at the core of research projects
in Québec and around the world.
Like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers suggests moderate sugar consumption.
The WHO recommends daily intake of added sugar not exceed 10% of total daily energy intake, which averages around 2,000 kcal.
That represents 50 grams of added sugar or 37.5 mL of maple syrup (just over 2 tbsp).
Maple syrup and sports nutrition: a natural team
More and more sports athletes are fuelling up on maple syrup from Québec before, during and
after training. In fact, an upcoming study will show exactly why athletes are turning to maple syrup
s a source of natural energy. Watch this space for the research results!
The secret ingredient
Maple: From our Forest to your Table
While Maple Products from Québec are becoming more and more known for their benefits,
chefs and food-lovers are falling for their unique flavour. Their sweet and incomparable taste and
scent improves whatever dish it graces. Did you know that Maple Products from Québec even
stimulate umami, the “fifth taste” whose discovery has revolutionized the culinary world?