Pumpkin Craze Boosting Sales?

Posted at 7:45 AM, Oct 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-08 08:27:47-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. (CNN) -- 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 latest five years alone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says pumpkin sales have risen 34 percent.

Sales for pumpkin-flavored foods and beverages increased 14 percent just last year.

You can now get pumpkin-flavored everything-- from beer to beef jerkey.