This Week in History
“Let’s Indulge Our Sweet Tooth!”
For the week of Monday April 29, 2013
On May 2, 1925, a large Quebec farm co-operative, Les producteurs de sucre d’érable du Québec, opened its doors. It fuelled the maple syrup production (maple sugaring) industry in Canada and helped to establish the world-class reputation of Canadian maple products.
In the early 20th century, the maple syrup production industry was in crisis. The price of maple products had been plummeting since the turn of the century. Prices recovered with the start of the First World War in 1914, bringing some prosperity, but fell in the early 1920s. To deal with the crisis, the Government of Quebec united the province’s 30,000 maple syrup producers into one co-operative. Les producteurs de sucre d’érable du Québec founded La Citadelle brand of maple syrup and opened its factory in Plessisville, Quebec, in 1927. In 1930, the Canadian government set quality standards and promoted the exceptional quality of Canadian maple products. As a result of this and some other factors, Canada dominated the United States market by 1932 and became the world’s largest producer of maple sugar and syrup.
Maple production, designated a national historic event in 2007, played a key role in Canada in creating a rural way of life and in defining Canadian identity.
To learn more about Canadian products that shaped history, read The Discovery and Development of the McIntosh Apple and C. E. Saunders and the Miracle of Marquis in the This Week in History archives.
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