Vermont maple syrup production up 7%

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The numbers are in for the Vermont maple industry, and they're even sweeter than usual.

Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts announced on Tuesday that the 2019 season yielded 7 percent more syrup this year over last. That comes out to more than 2 million gallons.

Tebbetts says sugar-makers this year had a late start because of the cold with the earliest sap flowing the second week of January. The season was also 20 days shorter than last year.

Vermont leads the U.S. in maple production with the USDA reporting a half-a-million gallon increase since 2003. A big reason is Vermont's liquid gold is getting into bigger cities and more food products.

"Vermont can offer not only a good quantity of it, but our focus has always been on the quality," Tebbetts said. "So, when folks see the Vermont maple syrup across the country, they know it's made with good quality and packed up to the consumer."

The Agency of Agriculture says the maple industry is looking to grow and right now there is a good balance with supply and demand.