Storing Your Maple Syrup Products

Store maple syrup in a cool, dry place that is (ideally) below room temperature and out of any direct intense light. Once opened, maple syrup must be refrigerated.

Our maple syrups have a shelf life of up to two years. In order to preserve the optimal flavor of our products, we recommend that you store your maple syrup products in a cool, dry place that is below room temperature. Please avoid any direct and intense light, and refrigerate your maple syrup immediately after opening.

All of our bulk maple syrup and bulk maple sugar packaging has an expiration date. The format for this label is as follows:

Example: 072806-1

  • 07 = Month
  • 28 = Day
  • 06 = Year (of expiration)
  • -1 = Indicates packing line used

Maple Syrup Allergen Statement

Product Name: 100% Pure Maple Syrup
Supplier Bascom Family Farms

Bascom Family Farms Organic Maple Products contain no known or suspected allergens, sulfites or, any of the following:

  • Dairy Products
  • Dairy Derivatives
  • Egg Products
  • Wheat Products
  • Corn Products
  • Rye Products
  • Barley Products
  • Oat Products
  • Sesame Products
  • Soy Products
  • Soy Oil
  • Safflower Products
  • Sunflower Products
  • Peanut Products
  • Nut & Nut Derivatives
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Hydrolyzed Animal Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
  • Autolyzed Yeast / Yeast Ext
  • Sulfites
  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Tocopherols
  • TBHO
  • Fish / Shellfish Products
  • Beef & Beef Derivatives
  • Pork & Pork Derivatives
  • Chocolate / Chocolate Derivatives
  • FD & C Colors
  • 3-MCPD ( MPD-DCP)
  • Alcohol
  • Celery

Nutritional Value of Pure Maple Syrup

At Bascom Family Farms we sell delicious 100% pure maple syrup in a variety of products. Our maple syrup is available in all grades, natural and organic, and a variety of containers from 40 ml to 220 gallon totes to tankers. Pure Maple Syrup is a “natural” food, processed by heat concentration of pure maple sap, which is the nutrient liquid utilized by the plant for the annual growth of its tissues.

SUGARS

Sugars are an important source of energy. The main sugar in pure maple syrup is sucrose, which is the sole sugar in the Grade A Light Amber grade syrups. The darker grades of syrup contain a small and variable amount of fructose and glucose. In order of sweetness, sucrose is less sweet than fructose, but sweeter than glucose.

Maple syrup caloric value is 52 calories per tablespoon, molasses 40, corn syrup 60 and honey is 45.

With a glycemic index of 54, maple syrup is considered a low glycemic product, which means it affects blood sugar to a lesser degree than sugar (GI 58) or honey (GI 87). (source: Summary of Health Benefits of Pure Maple Syrup: Summary of Information Compiled by the International Maple Syrup Institute. Accessed at http://www.internationalmaplesyrupinstitute.com/uploads/7/0/9/2/7092109/__nutrition_and_health_benefits_of_pure_maple_syrup.pdf on July 31, 2015)

MINERALS

Minerals have specific and nonspecific nutritional functions in the body metabolism. In pure filtered maple syrup the main minerals present are: potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and selenium.

Per 60 ml (1/4 cup), in % DV Maple Syrup HFCS Honey White Sugar Brown Sugar
Manganese 100 4 3 0 9
Riboflavin 37 4 2 1 0
Zinc 18 0 2 0 1
Magnesium 7 0 1 0 7
Calcium 5 0 0 0 5
Potassium 5 0 1 0 6
Calories 217 220 261 196 211

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) Value of Maple Syrup

ORAC Value per 100g µmol TE²/100g Serving size µmol TE²/serving
Brocoli, raw 1362 1 medium (118 g) 1037
Banana, raw 879 ½ cup (46 g) 627
Carrot, raw 666 1 (72 g) 480
Maple Syrup 600 ¼ cup (60 ml/80 g) 480
Cabbage, raw 508 1 medium (123 g) 415
Tomato, raw 337 ½ cup (85 g) 268
Cantaloupe 315 ½ cup (37 g) 188

*Percent Daily Value (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet:

Based on an average intake of 130 g/day refined sugars and the antioxidant activity measured in typical diets, substituting alternative sweeteners could increase antioxidant intake an average of 2.6 mmol/day, similar to the amount found in a serving of berries or nuts. (1)
  • Total Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 9mg 0%
  • Protein 0g 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 67g 22%
  • Sugar 60g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 7%
  • Iron 7%

For nutrition information for other serving sizes, visit http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c21SM.html

Maple Syrup Sweetness Scale

The darker grades of maple syrup contain a small and variable amount of fructose and glucose. Bascom Family Farms maple syrup consists of 62% sucrose – about 60% as sweet as sugar. In order of sweetness, sucrose is less sweet than fructose, but sweeter than glucose.

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Pure Maple Syrup Grades Explained

How is maple syrup graded?

The USDA has issued new rules for grading maple syrup. All producers must now use labels with the new grading system for maple syrup.

The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) proposed these grade changes to improve clarity in the maple syrup industry. With the new grades in place, it’s much easier for consumers to understand the flavor of each grade. The descriptive flavors clearly outline the maple syrup scale, from the most delicate to the most hearty.

The Canadian government has also accepted the new maple syrup grading system. According to Emily Hogeveen,

If you are looking for “Grade B” maple syrup, perhaps for a Master Cleanse, ask for Grade A Dark Color Robust Taste maple syrup.  You can buy it from us online!
Press Secretary for the Office of Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture for the Canadian government: “The changes harmonize the definition and grading system in the United States and Canada, and give consumers more consistent and relevant information about different varieties of maple syrup.”

There are now two primary maple syrup classifications, with additional sub categories based on color and flavor profiles, which are outlined below and included in this clearly-illustrated Maple Syrup Grades infographic. To ensure that private resellers and food industry professionals are still guaranteed the exact flavor profile they need, Bascom Family Farms will still maintain our proprietary “seven-tiered” grading process.

The new grades refer directly to the color and taste of the sap, which varies throughout the sugaring season. Syrup produced earlier in the season tends to be lighter in color and more subtle in flavor. Dark robust syrup is produced later in the season. As it has been for generations, the process to produce maple syrup is fundamentally the same across all grades.

Remember, the new maple syrup grades only apply to pure maple syrup, not imitation breakfast syrups or other fake products. While “Grade B” no longer exists (it is replaced with Grade A Dark Color, Robust Flavor), there are still two primary grades of 100% real maple syrup with clear and helpful descriptors.

Next steps with new maple grades

You can start by right-clicking the image below and downloading this infographic:

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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.

Order Bascom Family Farms maple syrup today!

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!

How Pure Maple Syrup is Made

Pure maple syrup is made by concentrating the slightly sweet sap of the sugar maple tree through a process of heating and evaporation.

In spring, as the days become longer and warmer in late February or early March, we prepare the sugarbush by clearing the snow and fallen limbs from access roads. Then, we set up our sap collection systems.

While there is no set time to tap our maples, we watch carefully for the signs of “sugaring weather.” The milder daytime temperatures bring melting snows, while the nights are below freezing. This is the weather that makes the sap flow. This is when we begin to tap our trees. Normally, our sugaring season lasts from 4 to 6 weeks.

tapping-smTapping maple trees with tree-friendly “health spouts” involves drilling smaller sap-carrying holes about waist high. A spout is tapped into this hole and when the temperature rises above freezing, the sap flows through the spout and is carried by a tubing system to collection tanks. A typical tree will be more than 12 inches in diameter and have one or two taps. Each tap hole will yield about 10 gallons of sap, enough to make about a quart of maple syrup. Every one of the trees we tap is at least 40 years old and is in excellent health. Seven generations of Bascom Family Farmers have taken great care as not to endanger the health and well-being of our maple trees. Some of our trees are over 300 years old and more than 6 feet in diameter.

healthspout-smWhen the trees have been tapped and all the equipment is ready, we are ready for the “first run” — the first time of the new season when the sap begins to flow. Typically, the sap is a clear, slightly sweet liquid containing about 1- 4% sugar. Prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures, days without freezing nights, or prolonged warm spells will stop the sap flow. When conditions become favorable again, the flow resumes, and another sap “run” begins.

To produce the finest quality maple syrup, the sap is taken to large storage tanks in our Bascom Family Farms sugarhouse then flows into our evaporator and is evaporated as soon as possible.

Evaporators are level heated (wood- or oil-fired) pans that have changed little over the years. As the water is boiled off, the liquid becomes sweeter (more concentrated), and begins to move towards the front of the pan. This is where we see the boiling sap turn golden. We frequently check the temperature of the boiling liquid. When it reaches 7F degrees above water’s boiling point, it has become maple syrup. What was 98% water and 2% sugar is now 33% water and 67% sugar. The sweet-smelling steam rising from the sugarhouse is a sure sign to people (and curious bears) that the sugar-making season is in full swing!

When the finished boiling syrup is drawn off the pan, it is filtered, and packaged. Depending on certain weather-related variables, 40 gallons of sap yield about one gallon of pure maple syrup.Save

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All About Maple Syrup

First produced by Native Americans living in the Northeastern part of North America, maple syrup was passed on to early settlers and quickly became a staple. Today maple syrup is available in a variety of grades and forms. The superior quality and rich, sweet flavor of our pure maple syrup is utterly unique – and entirely delicious!

Read on to find more information about Maplesource Maple Syrup.

Why Buy Wholesale Maple Syrup from Bascom Family Farms?

Consumers are more interested than ever in healthier diets, and they are willing to pay more for high quality, nutritious food. Between 1990 and 2010, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages grew from $1 billion to a staggering $26.7 billion, and this shift is the result of an increase in consumer knowledge regarding diet. People no longer want highly-refined and processed meals made with cheap and unhealthy ingredients. White flour and white sugar, though still widely used in many recipes and products, are being replaced by restaurants and bakeries that choose to use healthier alternatives as a way to appeal to this growing wave of consumer interest.

Your Customers Want Healthy, High Quality Food

One reason for the surge of interest in maple syrup and maple sugar as natural alternative sweeteners is due to the growing number of scientific studies that have come out touting its health benefits as well as the health risks of refined sugars. Not only has the popularity of maple syrup skyrocketed, but public demand for all natural, nutritious, locally-grown and locally-made foods has exploded.

What was once used almost exclusively as a breakfast condiment, is now increasingly used as a replacement for white sugar in many homes and food establishments across the globe. Using maple syrup in your kitchen is a great way to get an edge on your competition by showing your customers that you care just as much about the quality of the food that you serve as they do. People feel good when they eat food that is not only delicious, but healthy as well—and they are willing to pay a little more on a quality dining experience that offers just that.

The Culinary Possibilities of Maple Syrup are Unlimited

Of all of the sweeteners on the market today, maple syrup has the best reputation for being as flavorful as it is nutrient-rich. Sure, any type of sweetener will serve its sweetening purpose in your desserts, but why not use maple syrup instead and give your customers an even richer flavor with an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants? Though it is undoubtedly the superior natural sweetener for desserts and baked goods, the possibilities don’t end there. The versatility of maple syrup’s flavor lends itself to a wide range of cuisines and dishes that you might not expect. It makes a wonderful addition to glazes for fresh fish, pork and vegetables, and it is the perfect complement to your fall menu offerings. There is simply no good reason for you or your chefs not to take advantage of its endlessly exciting culinary possibilities.

For more information on cooking with maple syrup, see our maple syrup substitution guide.

Spending a Little More Can Pay Big Dividends When It Comes to Your Reputation

There has been a huge shift in many metropolitan cities where buying fresh, local ingredients has become the norm for small restaurants and bakeries. This exciting development is being met with open arms from the public. For many restaurants and food service operations, purchasing all of your ingredients from local sources is not always a feasible option. Still, there are ways to dramatically improve the quality, flavor and reputation of your food—and cooking with maple syrup is a great start!

When choosing which sweeteners to use in your kitchen, remember — you get what you pay for. Cheaper options such as granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup will save you money, but the poor quality will show in the food that you serve. Using maple syrup in place of other sweeteners in your kitchen might be a little more expensive, but buying in bulk from a reputable wholesale maple syrup supplier will help you save money. Overall, making this switch is well worth the extra cost when it comes to flavor and nutritional superiority—and your customers will definitely take notice. Your bakery or restaurant’s reputation for using only the highest quality ingredients and serving the freshest and tastiest food will be all the advertising you need to bring in more business.

You Can Count On Bascom Family Farms Wholesale Maple Syrup

For more information on our full line of Bascom Family Farms bulk maple syrup or wholesale maple syrup products for the food service industry, availability, or ordering, call toll free 888-266-6271 or contact us now!

Bulk Maple Sugar

What Is Maple Sugar?

Maple sugar is a 100% natural alternative sweetener long prized for it’s unique, rich sweetness. Formed when the sap of sugar maples is boiled for longer than is needed to create maple syrup, the result is pure maple syrup granules. A natural sugar substitute, maple sugar confers all of the benefits of maple syrup, making it the best sweetener for you.

Why Should You Buy Bulk Maple Sugar?

Consumers are examining food labels as never before. They are eliminating artificial sweeteners and are looking for more organic food options. While this certainly puts pressure on food manufacturers and food service providers, it also creates opportunities to produce exceptional and nutritious foods, and as the leading independent supplier of bulk maple sugar, Bascom Family Farms is a supplier you can count on for high-quality year-round supply.

Maple sugar is an essential ingredient to have on your shelves in order to meet the natural food consumer demand—and demand continues to grow. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States broke through another record in 2014, totaling $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from the previous year. A recent Consumer Reports survey indicates that 84 percent of all households are buying organic products.

Clearly health concerns are at issue, and there is an increased sensitivity around processed sugar alternatives in today’s world, especially as adult and childhood obesity is on the rise. Health-conscious consumers want to feel good about what they are eating, and are purchasing foods with simple lists of ingredients and clean labels they can understand and feel good about eating. As people become increasingly conscious of what they eat, companies big and small are finding ways to offer more healthful products. When you incorporate Bascom Family Farms pure maple sugar into your formulas, you can feel confident about the exceptional product you provide to your customers.

From the standpoint of you, the producer, there is another advantage to choosing pure maple sugar over maple syrup for your recipes. When substituting for other sweeteners, maple sugar offers the advantage of not requiring you to reformulate your recipe, since there is no added liquid.

In short, pure maple sugar

  • Is healthier than any other sweetener
  • Does not require reformulation of recipes compared to maple syrup
  • Offers a clean label ingredient: pure maple sugar
  • Is sustainably harvested and produced
  • Supports family farms

Incorporate Bulk Maple Sugar Into Your Products

Bascom Family Farms is a leading wholesale maple sugar supplier to food manufacturers of dairy products, cookies, bread, maple glazed or flavored meats, and breakfast cereals across the world, providing a variety of multiple granules, powders, and bulk maple sugar quantities year-round. If you are not familiar with 100% natural maple sugar, you have the opportunity to unlock the potential of a natural, healthy, and delicious choice over the typical cane sugar or unnatural sugar alternatives in the market today.

Bascom Family Farms produces pure maple sugar in bulk for your manufacturing and food service needs, no matter how large or how small. Whether you have something specific in mind, or maybe don’t know where to begin when it comes to maple sugar, just give us a call. Our incredibly knowledgeable staff is happy to help.

Bulk Maple Sugar Applications

People around the world are looking for more organic food options, and are incredibly conscious about the ingredients they eat. Consumers are examining food labels like never before. While this certainly puts more pressure on food manufacturers and food service providers, it also creates a niche market to produce some exceptional and nutritious foods. Maple sugar is one essential ingredient to have on your shelves to meet the natural food consumer demand.

The demand for bulk maple sugar has grown in recent years due to its versatility, stability, and unmistakable flavor. While there are an unlimited number of uses, there are some typical food group categories and specific foods that rely on maple sugar:

  • Baked Goods: bread, cookies, danishes
  • Meat Products: sausage, ham, bacon, chicken
  • Breakfast Foods: oatmeal, cereal, granola
  • Condiments & Sauces: salad dressings, sautés, grilling and barbecue sauces, mustard
  • Beverages

Maple Sugar Characteristics

The Bascom Family Farms maple sugar begins with our pure, robust, and dark colored maple syrup. We put the syrup into a customized vessel, and process it until the syrup evaporates into pure maple sugar, completely free of any additives.

Why are more food manufacturers looking to maple sugar for their recipes? Not only is this natural sugar a delicious and healthy processed sugar alternative, it comes with a long list of positive attributes:

  • Long Shelf Life and Storage: Less than 1% moisture, not subject to yeast or bacteria growth, maple sugar can last for years. Compared to some of our competitors’ products, our maple sugars tend to have an even longer shelf life and more dynamic flavor because we closely maintain consistent low moisture content, granule size, PH, and overall sweetness.
  • Multiple Maple Sugar Granule Sizes: Maple sugar is a dry, micro-crystalline material, 90 – 95% sucrose available in standard, sifted, and powder sized granules that can pass through a #10 screen, like table sugar or through a #35 screen with flour-like consistency.
  • Various Bulk Maple Sugar Packaging Options: Granulated maple sugar is packed in 1 lb., 5 lb., and 40 pound boxes.
  • Year Round Availability: We stock a large supply of maple sugar available for immediate shipment year-round.

Maple sugar is used much in the same way that standard cane sugar is used. However, it can have a deeper sweetness than cane sugar, so keep this in mind for your foods. If you need any assistance with product application or your recipe formulation, let’s discuss what may work best for your needs.

Bulk Maple Sugar Capacity You Can Count on Year Round

Per capita consumption of pure maple products has almost tripled in the past 35 years within the United States. Bascom Family Farms will continue to produce our high-quality 100% natural maple sugar to meet this demand. Bascom Family Farms is able to fulfill your bulk maple sugar needs and we are positioned to support and provide for the continued growth of the maple market. With a stable supply of maple from our own farm as well as other farms throughout the region, and our four production lines dedicated to bulk maple sugar and syrup products, Bascom Family Farms will continue to be the world’s preeminent industrial maple supplier for many generations to come.

Let Bascom Family Farms Fill Your Next Wholesale Maple Sugar Order

Whether you need bulk maple sugar or bulk maple syrup. We provide wholesale maple sugar products in many different options and  we can deliver immediate shipments of our bulk sugar in any quantity you need throughout the year. Our facilities are designed to produce and pack sugar to your exact needs.

To place an order or receive additional information, please call us at 888-266-6271. You can also send us requests through our online form here. We look forward to working with you and providing you with the highest quality wholesale maple sugar products in the marketplace today. Let Bascom Family Farms be your maple source… you can count on us!

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Pure Maple Sugar: The Perfect Sweetener

Bascom Family Farms has supplied consumers and manufacturers with high quality maple for seven generations. Today, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of 100% pure and organic bulk maple sugar, a high demand flavor profile for today’s consumer. Uniquely versatile and delicious, our pure natural and organic maple sugar is a healthy alternative to other sweeteners. For manufacturers, members of the food service industry and private label resellers, we offer year-round availability in a variety of packaging, including bulk. Bascom Family Farms produces multiple granule sizes in organic and natural maple sugar from free-flowing granules to confectionary powder to meet your most stringent formulation needs. Put our years of experience working with the world’s best food technologists and top R&D teams to work for you today!

Maple Sugar Gives Your Products and Recipes a Tasty Advantage

Bulk-SugarFlavoring with pure maple sugar vs. simply sweetening with cane sugar (or fructose) helps make your product stand out, giving it both a definitive point of difference and distinct marketing advantage. From powder to granule, Bascom Family Farms produces granular sizes suitable to the needs of each manufacturer. Maple sugar gives you the ability to incorporate a more natural, less processed sugar while allowing you to maintain the moisture content formulation that works best for your product. The result adds a certain special something to a recipe while producing a healthier, more appealing and flavorful product for your customers. Now you can incorporate maple into your products. Let Bascom Family Farms be your maple source… you can count on us!