Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lewis County considers syrup distribution center

Lewis County considers syrup distribution center
Updated: 02/09/2008 11:16 AM
By: Web Staff

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LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. -- You may not have to travel all the way to northern New York to get some of their tasty maple syrup. It could be headed to a supermarket near you.
A proposal from North Country agricultural officials would establish a packaging and large-scale distribution center for syrup in Lewis County. The processing facility would make New York syrup more competitive with Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, where distribution centers already exist. Lewis County is the largest producer of maple syrup in the state.

"This is a chance for New York State to have one location, working with all the New York State maple producers to have one location where you could order large quantities of maple syrup. It wouldn't take away from the retail markets for maple syrup, there is interest in increasing the maple syrup production in New York State and this would be able to take on the additional maple syrup that is produced," said Michele Ledoux with the Lewis County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The Lewis County Maple Producers Association will discuss the proposal at a meeting Saturday.

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