Working with Canada's Maple Syrup Industry

Researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have been conducting maple syrup research with Centre ACER for several years through the Matching Investment Initiative (MII). Under this program, the maple syrup industry can pool its expertise with that of AAFC researchers through Centre ACER. The research team is able to perform innovative research based on industry requirements. Centre ACER then communicates the research findings to the maple syrup industry as part of its technology transfer mandate.

It is in this context that AAFC and Centre ACER researchers decided to conduct scientific studies to investigate this issue in 1998. The making of the Flavour Wheel initiated a lengthy collaboration focused on developing tools to enable researchers and ultimately the maple syrup industry to accurately assess the quality of maple syrup. The benefits of this research are already being felt within the industry through a process that seeks to enhance maple syrup products. Under the aegis of Centre ACER and the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI), the North American maple syrup industry recently undertook to revise its maple syrup classification and quality standards by introducing a flavour description. Through the researchers' tireless work, it is likely that within the next few years, the maple syrup industry will benefit from quick, practical and automated tools to characterize the flavour and quality of maple syrup.

For more information, contact: Jacinthe Fortin

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