Profile and Mission
The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) was founded in 1975 to promote and protect pure maple syrup and other pure maple products. Its mission remains unchanged today:
The organization provides an important international framework for communication, information exchange and cooperation on a variety of issues related to the production, sale and marketing of pure maple syrup. In addition, the Institute has been a strong monitor for adulteration around the world, protecting the integrity of maple products.
The IMSI is a non-profit organization funded by membership dues as well as occasional grants and voluntary contributions. Its board is made up of Directors representing all facets of the maple industry, including state and province associations, individual producers, researchers, equipment manufacturers and distributors and other maple industry stakeholders. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, typically trading off between the U.S. and Canada, to manage the affairs of the Institute. Annual meetings are held in cooperation with the North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMCSC) in a host state or province. These meetings help the executive, directors and volunteer committees stay abreast of issues, maintain momentum behind project initiatives such as the current standard international maple grades and maple nutrition initiatives, as well as communicate accomplishments and progress to members.