Pumpkin sales cash in on fall’s pumpkin-flavor craze

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(CNN/KRDO) — Fall means the return of pumpkin-flavored everything — maybe thanks, in part, to Starbucks. The coffee chain introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte about a decade ago. Since then, pumpkin sales have sky-rocketed, and demand for pumpkin-flavored items keeps going up.

In the last five years alone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says pumpkin sales have risen 34 percent. And sales for pumpkin-flavored foods and beverages increased 14 percent just last year. You can now get pumpkin-flavored everything– from beer to beef jerky.

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