Why the New Maple Syrup Grades Were Created

Vermont lawmakers recently approved a new maple syrup grading system that is planned to be implemented at the consumer level in January 2014. Recommended by the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI), these maple syrup grade changes will apply to both the United States and Canadian markets. As one of the largest producers of pure maple syrup in New England, Bascom will ensure that manufacturers, private label marketers, the world’s top chefs and leaders, and others in the food service industry continue to get the correct flavor profile within these new maple syrup grades.

Why was this maple syrup grade change made? Until now, grading maple syrup has been done somewhat independently. In fact, since January 1980, maple syrup grading (based on density and translucence) was determined separately by Canadian, United States, and Vermont standards. In an attempt to alleviate any consumer confusion and provide continuity for export markets, the IMSI proposed the new international grading system that will apply to pure maple syrup. This system will have no impact on fake or imitation table syrup labeling.

While the new maple grades will change the syrup terminology, it will not alter our commitment to exceptional quality. All Bascom bulk maple syrup products are K-of-K Kosher certified and all organic products are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI) and carry the USDA organic seal. Vermont producers, including Bascom, will continue to have the ability to customize labels (i.e. “Made in Vermont”) within the new grading system.

Incorporating the New Maple Grades into Your Products

Based on the IMSI proposal, there will be two primary maple syrup grades based on color and flavor profiles. The proposed new grades are illustrated clearly on our Maple Syrup Grades page and contain references to the original grades for comparable flavors.

With maple syrup grade changes planned for 2014, manufacturers, producers, buyers, and retailers alike will need to understand and accommodate the new maple grades. In addition to providing the pure maple syrup products that meet your exact flavor profile needs, Bascom will also offer extensive education on these new maple syrup grade changes. This helps ensure that your product taste, labeling, and marketing outreach stay true to your brand. We’ll also be tracking the latest progress and news about the new maple grades right here on our blog, so be sure to check back often.

When the time comes to fulfill your requests for wholesale and bulk maple syrup products incorporating the new grading system, Bascom will be ready. Let Bascom be your maple source… you can count on us! Call 888-266-6271 or contact us today!