The maple syrup grading system is built on a combination of flavor and translucence, the latter of which measures how much light is transmitted through the syrup. Darker maple syrup grades permit less light to pass through, and lighter grades of maple syrup have the highest levels of light transmission. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter maple syrup grades are produced earlier in the season when the weather is colder and the darker maple syrup grades show up later in the season when it’s warmer.
There is no such thing as the “best” grade of maple syrup. As you formulate your products and recipes, you will likely have a specific grade of maple syrup that works best for your needs. Included below are some common uses for the five basic grades:
Maple grade consistency is crucial to food manufacturers, chefs and private label marketers. This is why Bascom Family Farms maintains the strictest grading standards in the maple manufacturing industry.
While we grade maple by the basic four USDA grades, we also employ an even tougher blending and grading system. Bascom Family Farms' "seven-tier" grading standard produces 28 maple syrup grades that ensure each manufacturer gets the exact flavor profile they need. Our "seven-tiered" maple grading standard is stringent and steadfast. It segregates the maple syrup by flavor profile and color for optimal quality assurance and consumer satisfaction. We take this extra step because maple syrup (just like wine) varies slightly from grower to grower and from region to region every year. Our unique proprietary grading process allows us to formulate those subtleties out so manufacturers, private label marketers, the world's top chefs and leaders in the food service industry get a consistent product with the correct flavor profile every time.
As of August 1, 2015, Bascom Family Farms has shipped maple syrup labelled according to the new grading system. We remain committed to providing exceptional pure maple syrup products that meet your exact flavor profile needs, so we’ll be tracking the latest progress on the new maple syrup grades roll-out and posting regular updates on our blog—be sure to check back often. Additionally, we’ll be providing extensive education on these new maple syrup grade changes, so our buyers, manufacturers, chefs, and retailers can seamlessly transition to these new guidelines while maintaining product taste, label continuity, and appropriate marketing outreach.
When it comes to fulfilling customized requests for your maple syrup needs, Bascom Family Farms has it covered. Our distinctive maple syrup grades are available in any volume you need. Our manufacturing and distribution facilities can handle custom packaging requests, with capabilities to heat, filter, and pack maple syrup to your specifications. Please call us at 888-266-6271 to place an order or send us an online request or inquiry here. Remember, if you need expert advice on your product or recipe formulations, we are more than happy to help. Let Bascom Family Farms be your maple source... you can count on us!