Acadian Maple Products is a family owned and operated business located in Upper Tantallon. Involved in the maple industry in Nova Scotia for over 30 years, Acadian Maple is the largest purchaser and processor of Nova Scotia produced maple syrup. Exporting to markets worldwide, and constantly developing new products, Acadian Maple continues to grow. An agri-tourism center in the Upper Tantallon location along with a retail shop sees in excess of 30,000 visitors a year.
Over the last 30 plus years, Acadian Maple has grown from a hobby run out of the family basement to a company that now employs a team of dedicated professionals. Our main goal is to bring our customers the highest quality, safest maple syrup possible.
Brian Allaway- President & VP Sales
Brian is the guy to talk to about international sales, large orders and general information about the business.
Simonne Allaway- VP Finance
Simonne looks after our accounting team, manages our human resources and looks after the general offices.
William Allaway- CEO & VP Operations
William looks after all things operations- the warehouse, the plant and our supply chain.
|Alison Whelan- Manager of Sales & Customer Service|
|Crystal Cadeau- Manager of Retail Sales|
|John Jordan- Manager of Quality Assurance and Food Safety||
On a crisp spring morning in 1982, Acadian Maple Products was started by accident as an innocent family hobby. Motivated in part by providing an educational experience for the children and part trying to re-live a childhood experience, President Brian Allaway, tapped a dozen backyard trees and boiled the sap in a flat bottom pan over an open fire. With children, Cara and Brian William helping with the collection of the sap, an image which can be found still today on our plastic jugs, and wife Simonne, tending the fire, it was a true family endeavor. That first spring enough pure maple syrup was produced to satisfy the family needs with a little extra to give away.
Over the next few years more trees were tapped and the first evaporator was constructed from a 45 gallon drum. In one of these first few years a large enough surplus of syrup was produced that a local store owner agreed to purchase the excess. A week later, after selling out, the store wanted more. Having already sold the entire years yield it was necessary to secure the first purchase of bulk syrup from an established maple producer. Four, one gallon cans of pure maple syrup were bought and shipped to the Allaway residence on the bus. With this, Acadian Maple was born.
Concentrating at first in the giftware sector, Acadian Maple also began to grow its product line to fulfill the needs of other venues such as the food service industry, specialty retail outlets and grocery stores. Over the years the product line has been increased from just maple syrup to a full range of maple, blueberry and cranberry items. The emphasis has changed to cater to the growing gourmet food market. Items in our product line now include such things as maple syrup, maple butter (spread), maple cream (fudge) , maple candy (soft and hard), maple BBQ sauce, a line of maple and fruit jams, bulk maple sugar, maple roasted peanuts, brittle, gourmet maple coffee, blueberry syrup, blueberry maple sauce, blueberry vinegar (used as a salad dressing), cranberry mince, chutneys and marmalades.As the years rolled on the demand for Acadian Maples quality pure maple syrup increased. More trees were tapped and more syrup was produced, but finally the production operation had to move to Cumberland County which has an abundance of sugar maple stands. In the early nineteen nineties Acadian maple constructed a sugar camp in the Wentworth Valley to produce yet even more maple syrup. Every year the demand grew and Acadian Maple blossomed into a thriving wholesale maple syrup distributor. To match the growing demand we began to purchase more syrup from additional maple syrup producers in the Cumberland County area of Nova Scotia.
In 2003 we acquired a property on the Peggy’s Cove road in Upper Tantallon to be utilized as a head office, distribution centre and a factory outlet. The sugar camp in the Wentworth Valley has now become a federally licensed maple packaging and processing facility where all of our pure maple syrup is refined, graded and packaged into the various containers that we sell. Our plant now processes and packs in excess of 225,000 pounds of pure maple syrup a year. We also process and ship thousands of pounds of locally made maple cream, butter and candies.
Through the internet, word of mouth and international exports, our quality gourmet foods are now enjoyed in a variety of locations the world over. From local tourist shops and specialty food stores here in Nova Scotia, to five star hotels in some of the worlds most premier destinations our products have become know for their exceptional taste and quality.
We encourage you to visit us at our factory outlet to view and sample products. You may just want to have a gourmet coffee (maple of course!) or sit on our deck to watch the world go by. We are very proud of our products and hope that you enjoy the bounty of Nova Scotia’s forests, bogs and fields as much as we do.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to many more years of providing quality gourmet foods for your table, kitchen or giftware needs. We hope you enjoy the quality gourmet foods we provide as much as we do. If you have any questions about our operations, our products or anything else, please feel free to contact us.
Our processing and packaging facility can accommodate orders of all sizes. We accept bulk syrup from producers all over the maple belt and process this bulk product into a finished retail ready package. With distribution worldwide we pride ourselves on our food safety and quality assurance capabilities in this modern food processing facility.