|(WILLY WATERTON/QMI Agency Files)
SAINT-LOUIS-DE-BLANDFORD, Que. - The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup producers is in a sticky situation.
The group said Thursday it discovered that thieves stole a "large amount" of syrup from a warehouse north of Montreal, which stored 10 million pounds of Quebec's maple gold worth some $30 million.
Provincial police and the federation won't say exactly how much was stolen.
Anne-Marie Granger-Godbout, executive director at the federation, said the syrup is insured and that none of the organization's 10,000 producers will lose money due to the theft.
Quebec produces up to 80% of the world's maple syrup every year, and the province's syrup producers federation has managed the world's strategic reserves for the past 12 years.
Before the heist, the federation said it held 37 million pounds of maple syrup in reserve, equalling about 40% of the annual Quebec maple harvest.
The president of the federation, Serge Beaulieu, said in a news release that the province's harvest is spread out in different locations around the province as a precaution against theft.
The warehouse that was targeted in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, about 160 km northeast of Montreal, contained 16,000 45-gallon barrels of syrup.
The facility was allegedly guarded around the clock. The warehouse belongs to a man who lives in Victoriaville, Que., which is next to Saint-Louis-de-Blandford. He refused to speak to QMI Agency.