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   Pumpkin Shortage Imperils Holiday Pies
by Staff Reporter, United Press International
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10:54AM EST

LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- Heavy Midwestern rains have destroyed much of the U.S. pumpkin crop, putting pumpkin pies in short supply on supermarket shelves, a major supplier says.  

The food giant Nestle -- which controls 85 percent of the pumpkin crop used for canning -- issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the short supply of pies and indicating it would stop shipping the traditional holiday dessert by Thanksgiving, the Los Angeles Times reported.  

The newspaper said Nestle reported that rains wiped out much of what remained of an already-small pumpkin crop and supermarkets reported that pumpkin pie supplies were tight.  

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