For Immediate Release
November 1, 2006

MN Maple Producer is North American Winner

A jug of “Jake’s Maple Syrup”, produced by Jerry Jacobson and D. Mae Ceryes of rural Vergas , Minnesota in Otter Tail County , was named First Place Medium Amber winner in the 2006 competition among producers at the 2006 convention of the North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMSC).

Placing first in the Medium Amber class, Jake’s Syrup beat out entries from 16 American States and Canadian Provinces where maple syrup is commercially produced. In addition, Jake’s entry in the “Dark Amber” class placed second in that class.

Syrup entries were judged by a panel of experienced maple syrup judges on the basis of density (correct sugar concentration), flavor, clarity, color and proper labeling.

The 2006 NAMSC annual convention was held in Green Bay , Wisconsin on October 18-21. Nearly 250 maple syrup producers from the U.S. and Canada attended the convention. Producers are encouraged to enter samples of their current year production in the contest at the annual fall convention.

The NAMSC is an international network of maple syrup producer associations representing sixteen commercial maple producing States and Canadian Provinces within North America . The Minnesota Maple Syrup Producers’ Association is a member of the NAMSC. The Council functions to bring together industry affiliated groups to share common interests, experience and knowledge for the advancement of the maple syrup industry.

In addition to producing maple syrup, Jake’s Syrups and Natural Products, LLC, produces a full line of natural jams, jellies and fruit syrups . Products are widely distributed in Otter Tail and Becker Counties through retail outlets, craft shows and local farmers’ markets. Jerry Jacobson serves as President of the Minnesota Maple Producers’ Association.

For more information contact Stu Peterson, Secretary MMSPA at 218-758-2796 or at www.mnmaple.org.