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Old January 14th, 2016, 08:16 PM
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Default New IMSI grades for Ontario

New chart attached produced by OMAFRA comparing the old Ontario maple grades to the new IMSI ones. One would almost think it was their idea.

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At least we get a 2 year grace period before the label police come and put me in handcuffs because a bottle sat on the shelf in a retail store and darkened a bit.
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Given the decision, I suggest it might be a good idea to update the syrup grades page on ontariomaple.com with the new information, the OMAFRA chart above, and some comments about the transition period.

I see the OMSPA.ca site has the new information posted for producers - great.

I was a bit surprised it wasn't mentioned on the first onmaplesyrup report.
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Completely missed that Big Eddy - thanks! I am also finding the 2 year transition to be an interesting challenge for maple competitions in Ontario. I need to have both grading kits available to enter the couple of contests I like to participate in given some are using the new grades and others using the old.
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I'm basically new to all this and being only my third season I have no idea what was wrong with the old grading system?
Who made up the grading system-combined effort of ??? and the contributing members of the OMSPA/OMAFRA?
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Max. Spend some time with the search functions. It's been a multi year multi party activity. Educating the consumer about the changed will be challenging for all of us.
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Completely missed that Big Eddy - thanks! I am also finding the 2 year transition to be an interesting challenge for maple competitions in Ontario. I need to have both grading kits available to enter the couple of contests I like to participate in given some are using the new grades and others using the old.

I was intending to convert for this season but my local distributor had no new labels or grading kits. I'm thinking of buying a Hanna meter and just writing the % number on each case when bottling, then adding whichever grade label I choose later when I sell that case. I'm sure most producers are like me and have plenty of the old labels on hand.
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Max. Spend some time with the search functions. It's been a multi year multi party activity. Educating the consumer about the changed will be challenging for all of us.
Will most of the end users really care about what it's called if it's in a clear bottle and they can see the colour. Eddy?
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I was a bit surprised it wasn't mentioned in the first onmaplesyrup report.
I see the Feb 12 onmaplesyrup report mentions the grade change.

https://onmaplesyrup.wordpress.com/2...ess-continues/
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Will most of the end users really care about what it's called if it's in a clear bottle and they can see the colour. Eddy?
Yes, possibly, if they know the taste they are after. A much bigger issue is that as an Ontario producer you send a barrel out to let's say Germany and a New York producer also ships one to Germany. Both barrels are graded as amber however the Ontario syrup is dark and the New York syrup is light based on the amber grade. Go figure. Over simplification I suppose and there are many other new facets of the new regs for Ontario like batch coding, everything must be food grade, and processing grade syrup containers to name a few all play a part. OMAFRA likes to make it look like their idea but in reality this has been in the works from the international maple community for well over 10 years now. Canada and US do not use the same measurement standards (metric versus standard) or the same dollar but at least we agree on the same electrical current and same maple grades (going forward). It will be a PITA educating consumers on it for a while but after that we essentially will be "in the sweet spot".
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