No wor­ries for pump­kin pie lovers

Los Angeles Times - - Business - Emily Bryson York ey­

Heavy rains in the Mid­west dented the pump­kin har­vest last year, caus­ing many pie lovers to hoard or ra­tion the canned hol­i­day sta­ple as the sup­ply started to run out around Thanks­giv­ing.

Food gi­ant Nes­tle, which sells about 85% of the nation’s canned pump­kin pie fill­ing un­der its Libby’s brand, said that wouldn’t be a prob­lem this year.

“We’re in much bet­ter shape than this time last year,” Nes­tle spokes­woman Roz O’Hearn said. “We’re more than one-third of the way through har­vest and not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the heavy, drench­ing rains” that dam­aged last year’s crop.

Nes­tle planted ex­tra this year and did it early, just in case of an­other rainy sea­son, O’Hearn said.

Last year the soggy ground made har­vest­ing im­pos­si­ble, cut­ting sup­ply by about one-third.

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