Last year’s pumpkin shortage (you may recall there was a scare over pumpkin pie filling) may be partly to blame. Bad growing seasons in 2015 forced suppliers like Libby’s, which controls 80 percent of the pumpkin purée market, to sell all of its reserves to meet the demand of the holiday season.
We did end up finding a supplier, but not until after a few years were dropped from my lifespan trying to figure things out. . . . We bought enough for maybe the first two batches and then went back to buy more . . . and were told they were out. We had to brew [Wick for Brains] five times this year, so you can see the panic that set in. My guess is that this is going to be an issue across the board.
It’s unclear at this point if pie makers will face a similar struggle this fall. We’ve reached out to Libby’s to hear how the company is progressing with rebuilding a stockpile. We’ll keep you (pumpkin) patched in to what we hear.
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