Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sticky Fingers

Why thieves would steal up to $30 million worth of maple syrup is anyone's guess, but that's what happened.
Syrup was stolen from the St. Louis-De-Blandford facility by emptying the syrup from barrels and putting it into other containers.

Everything in the facility was stolen, that's more than tenth of Quebec's 2012 syrup harvest.

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers said it discovered the missing syrup last week during a routine inventory where empty barrels were discovered.

Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, the executive director of the federation, said that while it is not unusual for individual maple syrup producers to have stock stolen, having millions worth of syrup stolen is ‘unusual.’
‘It's the first time something like this has happened,’ she said. ‘We've never seen a robbery of this magnitude.’
She said the disappearance of the stock was not obvious at first in the huge warehouse. The facility alone houses nearly the equivalent of half the entire U.S. production of maple syrup in a year, she said.

Quebec produces up to 80 per cent of the world's maple syrup.