Officials with Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers were doing an inventory last month. They found empty barrels at the province’s global strategic reserve and called the cops. The value of the missing sweet stuff was put at $30 million.
The investigation led Mounties to a syrup exporter in New Brunswick, who claims he acquired the syrup from small producers. He has since clammed up.
Meanwhile, a heavily-guarded convoy of 16 trailer-loads of syrup made its way back to Quebec on Wednesday. Officials there say the sticky-stuff will be held at an undisclosed location for now.
It is a big deal. Quebec produces 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup.