Canadian maple syrup production plummets while honey output down 2.9 per cent

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says maple syrup and honey production this year fell to their lowest levels in three years.

The agency said Wednesday maple syrup production fell by 21.7 per cent to 44.5 million litres in 2018, while honey production was down 2.9 per cent to 42 million kilograms.

Quebec produced 40.4 million litres of maple syrup, down 22.4 per cent from 2017 due to unusually late snow and cold, while New Brunswick output fell 34.5 per cent to 1.6 million litres.

Maple syrup production was down in every syrup-producing province except Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Output in Ontario rose 9.4 per cent to 2.1 million litres, the most since 2011, while Nova Scotia produced 250,000 litres of maple syrup in 2018, 54,500 litres more than in 2017 when production was low due to unfavourable weather conditions.

The total value of Canadian maple products fell 22 per cent to $384.4 million while the price of syrup remained relatively unchanged.

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers tapped its strategic reserves this year to avoid wild price swings or supply shortages.

Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the rest of Canada producing eight per cent and the United States producing 20 per cent.

Statistics Canada said honey production was down from 43.2 million kilograms a year ago, while the value of honey rose 3.4 per cent to $196.6 million.

The number of beekeepers reached a 21-year high of 10,629 with the number of bee colonies hitting a record high of 796,764.

Alberta was the leading honey producing province, accounting for 41 per cent of the country’s output, followed by Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

People ‘can count on’ Alberta RCMP amid COVID-19 pandemic, says deputy commissioner

Albertans “can count on the RCMP every day” during the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue reading

Central Albertans win big in 2020 STARS Lottery

A few central Albertans won big in the 2020 STARS lottery. Jeff… Continue reading

107 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, 5 additional deaths

More than 1,000 cases in Alberta total

Municipal projects face COVID-triggered delays

Pandemic safety measures expected to impact construction schedules

WATCH: Red Deer emergency call centre hours change starting next week

Hours at the City of Red Deer’s COVID-19 emergency call centre will… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

Trudeau to talk to Trump about COVID masks after White House bars export

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to talk to… Continue reading

Trudeau announces more financial help for country’s most vulnerable

$40 million will go to Women and Gender Equality Canada

Feds pulled between bailing out oil and gas and moving to cleaner energy

Number of national environment organizations demanding no cash be spent to help oil companies

The inexact science involved in predicting the likely path of COVID-19

Staying home could be the difference between 6,000 deaths by April 30 or 1,600 deaths

Pandemic has shunted aside an array of Liberal initiatives, at least for now

It seems any fresh ideas will now have to find space in an already jammed queue

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $70 million jackpot… Continue reading

Most Read