Is your Pumpkin Spice Latte causing a pumpkin shortage?
Not quite. While demand is at an all-time high, pumpkin production is keeping pace. U.S. harvests have grown 31 percent since 2000 — from 1.46 billion pounds to 1.91 billion pounds in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Several reports in early October warned of a canned pumpkin shortage for Thanksgiving, citing heavy rainfall in June for washing out the crop. However, Roz O'Hearn, corporate and brand affairs director for Libby's, a Nestle brand specializing in produce, said the company is confident it will have enough pumpkin for the autumn holidays.
In an interview with The Associated Press, O'Hearn did warn that, "once we ship the remainder of the 2015 harvest, we'll have no more Libby's pumpkin to sell until harvest 2016."