Brace Yourself: Canned Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming (Again)

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Is it just me, or does it seem like we face the threat of running out of canned pumpkin every year around this time? Either way, this year could be the year it really happens — the year we touch down on Thanksgiving without a beloved pumpkin pie in hand.

Due to record rainfall in the Midwest this June, many pumpkin growers lost their crop to flooding – and by “many,” I mean roughly 90 percent of the pumpkin crop comes from this area. Needless to say, there’s a nationwide shortage on pumpkins, which also means a shortage on canned pumpkin purée.

Libby’s, the popular producer of canned pumpkin purée, noted that their supplies are down by a third this year. They feel confident about making it through Thanksgiving, but after that, don’t expect more purée from them until next year’s harvest.

Play it safe and stock up now while there’s still pumpkin on the shelves.