The pumpkins are grown on 4,000 acres around in Tazewell, Illinois and in four adjacent counties, with operations headquartered in Morton, Illinois.
Libby’s owns almost 90 percent of the North American market for canned pumpkin, and three-quarters of their production comes from Moreton.
Private farmers grow the pumpkins for Libby’s on their land, practising crop rotation, but Libby’s sends in its crew and equipment for the harvesting.
The pumpkins are harvested mechanically, using machines that snip the pumpkins off the vines and line them up in a row to be picked up by a tractor with a conveyor belt collecting them into a truck. The pumpkins are delivered to the processing plant, washed, and then processed within 2 to 12 hours.
During the harvest, the factory processes 500,000 pumpkins a day.
90 percent of Libby’s tinned pumpkin is sold from October to January.
Libby’s acquired the rights to the “Libby’s Select Dickinson” pumpkin in 1929 from the Dickinson family who brought it in the early 1800s from Kentucky. Libby’s also bought the family’s canning plant.