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Sunday, October 11, 2009 

If it says Libby's Libby's Libby's on the label, label, label

you might NOT be able to get it on your table, table, table.
Pumpkin pie lovers be warned: You may not find your favorite can of pie filling at the supermarket.

There's a national shortage of canned pumpkin and pie filling, a result of poor weather that reduced last year's crop.

Shoppers report finding bare shelves, and the supermarkets say 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.

...Shoppers could confront a similar shortage next year. - Latte Times
As I mentioned in a post back in 2005 (geez...have I been blogging that long?), Libby's doesn't use just any ol' pumpkin. They have a specially bred varietal, Libby's Select Dickinson.

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