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'Opec of maple syrup' under fire as some Canadian farmers turn to black market

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 05:50

Maple syrup is following the same trend as other natural sweeteners such as honey, which saw sales rise 13% in 2015. Food manufacturers add maple syrup to a range of items in response to the demand for natural sugars.


IT'S boom time for Canadian maple-syrup producer Ray Bonenberg, who is expanding sap output from his tree farm near Pembroke, Ontario. About three hours away in the province of Quebec - the Saudi Arabia of syrup - producers like Jim Dempsey can only watch in frustration.

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