In Response to PUMPKIN SHORTAGE??:
I went to the grocery store yesterday afternoon to purchase a couple cans of Libby's Pumpkin and couldn't find any anywhere. I had to ask the manager where they moved the pumpkin to only to find out that they didn't move it, they were out. He said there was a shortage of pumpkin and didn't know if there would be any in time for Fall. AHHH!!!! Has anyone else heard the same thing? I'm freaking out right now, I bake with pumpkin all the time! Needless to say, I went online and talked to a Libby's Representative who told me this: As you may know, we began the 2010 season with zero inventory levels at all our locations—for the first time in our history. As a result, we made some critical decisions early on: We planted earlier, thus allowing an earlier harvest. We planted more pumpkin, increasing our acreage significantly. We expanded our growing zones. We ran our production facility non-stop once the harvest began in August. We also shipped more product, earlier. All of the steps above helped us to restock store shelves in time for the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday and baking season. However, we also heard that consumers bought Libby's pumpkin with great enthusiasm! While we were glad people were finding the pumpkin they wanted, it did leave us without any reserve of pumpkin for the start of the 2011 season. Unfortunately, this means that we may again experience a shortage of pumpkin sometime in the coming months, which will be alleviated when we begin the next harvest, in mid-August of 2011. I'm going to check around town this weekend and see if I can locate a few cans that "hopefully" are still sitting on the shelves.
Posted by Redonna W
I live in eastern CT and went to 3 stores and could not find any Libby"s pumpkin. They had an organic canned pumpkin for $3.00 a can.