Canada seems to have got through its holiday baking period without incident — thanks to its national butter reserve.
The massive stockpile is stored at a Montreal warehouse, maintained by the Canadian Dairy Commission, and holds so much butter that every citizen could receive one pound each, according to the Financial Post. That means the stockpile is so large it could weigh as much as 39 million pounds — or the same as 2,500 elephants.
Here are some other prized products hoarded by countries around the world.
Strategic pork reserve
China is the world’s largest pork consumer, so it makes sense that the country holds on to a stockpile of the meat in case of emergencies. Earlier this year, Chinese authorities tapped into the reserve in the face of skyrocketing pork prices.
Frozen fish stockpile
In 2019, the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority announced they would stockpile 1,000 metric tons of frozen fish, enough to cover the country’s needs in the event of a shortage during monsoon season.
Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve
It’s not just butter Canada is hoarding. Capable of holding nearly 100 million pounds of maple syrup, Canada’s famous reserve was the subject of a months-long heist in 2011 and 2012. Canada exports 83% of the world’s maple syrup, and thanks to the stockpile, there are rarely global shortages.
A warehouse of unhusked rice
In a bid to ensure food security after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam stockpiled 270,000 metric tons of rice. Ensuring the country’s rice stores are well-stocked is a common move in Vietnam: In 2021, the government purchased and stockpiled crops from farmers who saw their sales slashed by pandemic restrictions.
The kimchi storehouse
With climate change hitting cabbage supplies, South Korea plans to establish two warehouses capable of storing ten thousand tons of cabbage and pickling 50 tons of kimchi daily. The warehouses, as large as three football fields, are expected to be complete in 2025 to avoid a shortage of the spicy side dish eaten daily by many Koreans.