As leaves start to change and temperatures drop, suppliers and retailers prepare for the overwhelming seasonal demand for pumpkin.
It’s hard to remember a time when you could only eat pumpkin in your Thanksgiving pie. Now, as early as August, you’ll find your local grocery store stocked with a plethora of pumpkin-flavored foods, from pumpkin Cheerios to pumpkin kale chips. Starbucks devotees anxiously await the arrival of the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte every fall, breweries churn out pumpkin-flavored brews by the barrel, and pumpkin pops up all over menus at local restaurants and cafes.
With pumpkin in such high demand during the fall season, how can suppliers make sure that shelves stay stocked through late November, when millions of Americans look forward to indulging in a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?