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Feds invest in maple industry

Quebec maple producers will benefit from better inspection system


St-Norbert-d’Arthabaska, Que.– The federal government is investing in Quebec’s maple syrup industry with funding of up to $1.7 million to Le Centre de recherche, de développement et de transfert technologique acéricole du Québec (Le Centre ACER) and the Fédération des Producteurs Acéricoles du Québec (FPAQ).

The investment will go towards developing a high-quality inspection system for maple products, as well as for researching new market opportunities for the sector.

“Canadian maple syrup is acknowledged as the best in the world,” says Christian Paradis, Quebec’s minister of State (Agriculture). “Our Government’s investment will help guarantee the quality and reputation of 100-per-cent Canadian maple syrup and position the industry to tap new markets.”

Part of the funding will enable Le Centre ACER to continue work already started on developing a standardized tool for detecting maple syrup flavour defects and tampering. The remainder of the funding will allow FPAQ to continue its research into local and international opportunities for maple syrup as an ingredient, as a low-glycemic index sweetener, and as a bioactive compound.