Libby's: Heavy Rains Mean Major Canned Pumpkin Shortage This Holiday Season

Posted on November 19, 2009

Nestle has warned consumers that it might run out of Libby's canned pumpkin pie filling before Thanksgiving. So what happened to all the pumpkin pie filling? Well, heavy rains caused the pumpkin fields in Morton, Illinois to become so muddy that the tractors couldn't drive through the fields during pumpkin harvest time.

Libby had to stop picking pumpkins that were sitting in the mud, because the quality was not up to Libby's standards.

Nestle says on its site, "Early in the harvest, it looked like we would have plenty of pumpkin, but Mother Nature had other plans for us." The site has all the horrifying details, including a very sad video of the farmers surveying the ruined pumpkin fields. It will increase planting next year.

First it was the Kellogg frozen waffle shortage, and now this. The Eggo shortage we could live with. But no canned pumpkin when it's time to make pumpkin pies? That is an entirely different matter.

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