Maple Grades

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Consumers will soon be unable to purchase “Vermont Fancy” maple syrup. That’s because the state is adopting a new grading and labeling system that officials say better describes the product.


Vermont  lawmakers are considering dropping the state's traditional maple syrup-labeling system in favor of an international one.

The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a resolution that supports the Agency of Agriculture’s proposal to adopt an administrative rule to implement international maple grading standards. Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Board Chair Jacques Couture explains that the international grading system is brand new.