The maple industry has grown significantly in Vermont in the past decade. There are now four times the number of taps, and double the production per tap, then we had in 2000. In order to market our product, syrup must be sold beyond Vermont’s borders, in other states and countries.
In order to maintain a level playing field in marketing, Vermont adopted new grades to assist consumers in making informed choices on the syrup they purchase. USDA, Agriculture Canada and other states are all in the process of changing their grading systems to mirror the ones adopted here.
The new grades have a color and flavor descriptor to assist consumers. Vermont will remain unique with our higher minimum density requirement, and the ability to use terms such as, “Vermont Fancy” as marketing descriptors.
If you have any questions, please call the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division at 802-828-2426.