Huy Fong Foods Incorporated, the maker of the iconic Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, has announced that production of its beloved sauces will be halted. Sriracha is the latest item with insufficient inventory to meet demand and will be difficult to find this summer of 2022. But do you know what the reason behind the shortage is?
Due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, the California-based company is facing a severe shortage of chilies. It cannot manufacture Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Chili Garlic, or Sambal Oelek.
The Sriracha Shortage
Huy Fong Foods Incorporated, one of the world’s largest producers of Asian hot sauces, predicts a significant shortage of its beloved Sriracha.
Unfortunately, we can confirm that there is an unprecedented shortage of our products. We are still endeavoring to resolve this issue that has been caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest. We hope for a fruitful fall season and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time.Huy Fong Food Incorporated
The company stated that it would not accept any new orders before September 2022 and that any orders placed before Labor Day would be fulfilled in the fall due to a lack of inventory. Huy Fong cautioned distributors against promising any products to customers unless they have the product in stock.
If you can’t find Sriracha sauce on the shelves of your local grocery store, it could be months before you can replenish your stock. Since July 2020, the food company has reported a shortage of pepper. Huy Fong Foods’ Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek sauces are also affected.
Sriracha isn’t the only item you’ll have trouble finding on the shelves. There is currently a tampon shortage and a shortage of baby formula. (Source: CNN Edition)
The Effect of the Sriracha Shortage
This news does not amuse customers. Some Sriracha fans have decided to stock up at their local grocery stores in preparation for an uncertain and spiceless future.
Because we live in the internet age, there has been a backlash. Others are angry at the hot sauce hoarders, comparing them to those who stocked up on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes in the early days of the pandemic, only making things worse for others – and themselves.
Sriracha, founded in 1980 by Chinese immigrant David Tran, has made its way onto the shelves of major retailers such as Target (TGT) and Whole Foods and has been a consumer favorite since its inception.
With no idea when America’s most popular Asian hot sauce will be fully stocked in stores, it may be time to look for a hot sauce substitute. (Source: CNN Edition)
How Long Will the Sriracha Shortage Last?
According to Huy Fong Foods Incorporated, all orders on or after April 19, 2022 will be scheduled after September 6, 2022.
“We have no data for this year yet, as harvest is not until early August or so. We are still endeavoring to resolve this issue that has been caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest. We hope for a fruitful fall season, and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time.’’Huy Fung Foods Incorporated
(Source: CNN Edition)
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