Now that fall is here, it seems like all things are turning to pumpkin. Or at least pumpkin flavoring!

When I went food shopping last week, as I went down the aisles of my local grocery store I noticed a wide variety of products that featured pumpkin flavoring.

In fact, according to The Nielsen Company, these are the top 10 pumpkin-flavored product categories:

  • Pie filling
  • Cream
  • Dog food (yes, dog food!)
  • Coffee
  • Baked bread
  • Ready-to-eat cereal
  • Baking mixes
  • Liquid coffee
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh desserts

According to Nielsen, sales of pumpkin-flavored products are expected to hit $414 million this year, which is 6% higher than last year’s fall season, but less than the 10% from previous years.

In addition, fresh pumpkin sales hit $121 million for the year ended July 31, 2017, up 5.1% from the previous year, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, there’s another fall-inspired flavor that’s gaining in the marketplace. Sales of many maple-flavored products are growing. Some of the top maple product categories include:

  • Processed meat
  • Pancake and waffle toppings
  • Fully cooked meats
  • Sweet snacks
  • Facial skin care
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Beverages
  • Baking mixes
  • Desserts

Do you have any good pumpkin- or maple-flavored recipes you’d like to share? Send them to me at [email protected] and we’ll post as many as we can!

Also, I want to thank everyone who recently sent in a picture of their pet. (It sure seems like we love our pets!)

Honestly, I’m a little overwhelmed by all the submissions. I’ll go through them and try to post as many as possible over the next few weeks.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!