Pumpkin pie at risk? There's a shortage of canned filling
October 9, 2009 | 5:11 pm
Shoppers report finding bare shelves, and the supermarkets say that they have been put on an "allocation," or quota, system by Libby's, a division of food giant Nestle that controls more than 80% of the canned pumpkin market.
Libby's typically uses surpluses from the previous year to stock store shelves during September and October, when the annual pumpkin harvest gets underway. Wet conditions during last year's growing season left canners without a surplus this year, said Roz O'Hearn, a Libby's spokeswoman.