The grades were designed by the International Maple Syrup Institute.
All syrup sold at retail would carry a Grade A label, followed by a color and flavor descriptor. From lightest to darkest these new grades would be: golden color and delicate taste; amber color and rich taste; dark color and robust taste; very dark color and strong taste.
The state Agriculture Agency and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association back the changes. The agency is seeking support from the Vermont Legislature in the form of a resolution endorsing the changes.