Pumpkin Shortage May Cut Down On Dessert Seconds
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Fred Bever of member station WFCR reports.
FRED BEVER: Roz O'Hearn is a spokeswoman for the Nestle Company, which owns the Libby's brand. She says the company contracts with Illinois farmers to grow pumpkins are more than 6,000 acres.
ROZ O: And this year, when the rains came, the rains just kept coming and the fields have become so saturated that we were not able to get in and pick up thousands of acres of pumpkins. Our tractors and our big trucks were sinking in the mud way up over their axles.
BEVER: Nestle recently sent a notice of the shortage to retailers. At the Big Y supermarket in West Springfield, Massachusetts, store director Jeff Hamill says his stock of pumpkin pie filling should hold out through Christmas. Still, his family has stocked up.
JEFF HAMILL: Fortunately, I had the inside scoop on that we were going to be short so I did give my family a heads up to secure their pumpkin pie through the store, so they did and they picked up what they needed for baking needs. Absolutely.
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BEVER: For NPR News, I'm Fred Bever in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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