Is there too much syrup?
copyright the Chronicle May 18, 2016
by Tena Starr
It’s been a banner year for maple syrup – by many accounts the best in the history of the business.
For many sugarmakers that means it’s also a profitable year. Although the price of bulk syrup is down somewhat, nearly everyone has more syrup to sell than they did last year.
But others, particularly those who are new to the industry, may be struggling to find a buyer for their bulk syrup. What some have called a glut of syrup also raises the question of whether maple production is outpacing its market, even though that market is growing.
“A lot of syrup has been produced this year, and a lot of the big packers have got what they need,” said Denise Marshall at D&D Sugarwoods Farm in Glover last week. “Therefore, lots of sugarmakers don’t have a place to sell their syrup this year because there’s so much of it.”
Ms. Marshall buys a couple hundred drums of syrup each year for use at her own business. She buys more from local customers to resell to Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, a much bigger packer than she is, and a couple others.
She said she finds herself in a tough spot because she’s had the same customers for years and wants to be loyal to them. But this season she’s been unable to buy all their syrup, because she has no market for it, at least right now, and she’s not quite sure…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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