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Is America Heading For A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Shortage?

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Nothing says fall quite like a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. This specialty drink is available for a limited time and has become a chilly weather favorite. The popularity of the drink is causing a bit of a supply versus demand problem, though.  Is America heading for a Pumpkin Spice Latte shortage?

For whatever reason, the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is enjoying a huge dose of popularity this season. That popularity is causing a shortage of the pumpkin sauce, which is used to make the hot beverage, in quite a few areas of the country.

Fans of the pumpkin flavored beverage become very upset when faced with the shortage. Cynthia Smalls, a barista for Starbucks says “They go crazy. The first day we found we had a shortage, forget it.” She was amazed. Her response to her upset customers? “You guys do know it’s just a drink, right?”

In desperation, Pumpkin Spice Latte super fans are scooping up boxes of Starbucks instant version of the latte, and even that is becoming hard to find.

Do you wonder what all the fuss is about, or do you have a seasonal beverage that you will go out of your way for?

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