Patti Labelle surely owes a big debt of thanks to James Wright for his “My Review On Patti LaBelle sweet potato pie review” that has gone totally viral. After Wright bought five of the Patti pies and put his unique review on YouTube, replete with smacking and singing from LaBelle hits like “On My Own” and “Lady Marmalade,” James’ video about the sweet potato pie went seriously viral. The video about Patti’s pies has gained more than 1.5 million views since it was uploaded on November 12 to YouTube. James even had Patti’s signature arm flapping moves down, along with a voice that could give LaBelle a run for her money — and her sweet potato pies. But thanks to James, there’s a run on Patti’s pies at Walmart stores around the nation.
“Come on, Patti! I opened Patti up. This is the ‘On My Own’ Patti… let’s taste the Patti. I want to taste Patti live. If anybody know Patti Labelle tell her it’s a video. I turned into Patti after eating this. Go to Walmart and buy the Patti Labelle pie!”
Warning: Some of the language in the video about Patti’s sweet potato pies might be offensive to some viewers.
As a result of the viral video, about two million pounds of sweet potatoes are needed to get more LaBelle sweet potato pies in stock at Walmart, reports ABC 11. The sweet potato pies from Patti that were in stock on Walmart shelves were supposed to last through Thanksgiving. However, with James’ viral video putting more attention on Patti’s sweet potato pies, Walmart is trying to get those sweet potato pies back in stock ASAP.
According to Walmart’s vice president of bakery and deli, Kerry Robinson, Walmart is working hard to get those Patti pies on Walmart shelves so LaBelle fans can have their sweet potato pies and eat them, too.
“There’s a lot of moving parts. The suppliers have been working all weekend. We need something like 2 million pounds of sweet potatoes, and that’s not something easy to get. We swept everything we had right into the stores to supply the demand, including our Christmas volume, so they have everything we’ve got.”
— Tom Joyner (@TJMShow) November 17, 2015
The sweet potato pie buzz began the day following James’ viral video praising Patti’s pie, and that’s what sent folks into overdrive looking to buy LaBelle’s sweet potato pies from Walmart. Before Wright’s video, Walmart hadn’t had a problem selling out of Patti’s sweet potato pies, but a new recipe for the LaBelle pies and James’ video changed all that. The $3.48 sweet potato pies are being shifted to the Walmart stores that are experiencing the biggest demand for the Patti pies.
The demand for Patti’s pies are definitely there now, with Walmart selling LaBelle’s sweet potato pies in record numbers last weekend, reports Yahoo Food. John Forrest Ales, a rep for Walmart, told the publication that the sweet potato pies from LaBelle were even selling at the rate of one sweet potato pie per second for three straight days.
“For 72 hours, we were selling one per second.”
Although the Walmart rep wouldn’t tell Yahoo the exact gross sales totals of Patti’s sweet potato pies, the publication calculated that at $3.48 per sweet potato pie selling at one per second for 72 hours, that means nearly $1 million of LaBelle’s pies were sold just over the weekend.
Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie is flying off the shelves at Wal-Mart after a video went viral https://t.co/wqL5GreC9r
— New York Post (@nypost) November 17, 2015
A search for LaBelle’s sweet potato pies on Walmart.com proves its popularity in terms of it being the most-visited page on Walmart.com, as the Walmart rep stated. However, in terms of looking for a recipe for Patti’s pie, users will only find vague ingredients on the Walmart product page.
Made with California grown sweet potatoes, butter & spice
Ready to serve
Patti called the man who gave her sweet potato pie buzz, reports Vibe.
The viral video review definitely helped sell plenty of LaBelle pies at Walmart, reports the U.S. News & World Report.
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