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

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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