MMSA is a member of the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI), a promotion and marketing organization made up of U.S. and Canadian producers and processors. MMSA also sends a delegate to the meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMSC), which comprises sixteen member states and provinces. The council was organized to promote and support maple research.
The North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMSC) was organized in 1960 to promote research in the areas of
Six states– Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin–became the charter members of the organization. Michigan joined the association in 1962, along with New Hampshire. Maine and Minnesota joined over the next few years and in 1973, with a Canadian province hosting for the first time, the council name was changed to its current “North American Maple Syrup Council.” Since that time, Connecticut, New Brunswick, Quebec and Indiana have joined, bringing the total membership to sixteen. The council has grown enormously since its inception in 1961 and now represents virtually all of the major maple producing areas of the world.
The council includes representatives from each producing state and province plus representatives from producer cooperatives, packers, equipment manufacturers, government and educational representatives and individual producers. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, with a short annual meeting held in conjunction with the NAMSC Annual meeting each October.
The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) was born from a meeting of nearly 60 industry representatives in the fall of 1974. It is a non-profit organization funded by membership dues and grants form the Government of Canada. It was founded to promote and protect pure maple products. It developed largely in response to a very depressed market condition for maple syrup, especially darker grades. Canadian production greatly increased during those mid-70’s years while weather variances brought on darker colored maple crops throughout the production regions. The original goals of the organization remain the goals of today—to promote the marketing of pure maple products worldwide as one unified industry body.