Vermont hopes syrup grade changes will sweeten sales
Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet?
Vermont lawmakers are wrestling with that question as they consider whether to drop the state's traditional maple syrup-labeling system in favor of an international one. Vermont is the No. 1 maple syrup producer in the United States.
Gone would be labels such as fancy, grade A medium amber and grade B. In their place would be several types sharing a grade A label, with descriptive phrases added.
The changes could be made unilaterally by the state Agency of Agriculture, but it has asked for backing in the form of a legislative resolution. The state Senate last week passed the measure and sent it to the House.
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