The Sriracha Shortage Strike that has Foodies in Frenzy 

Welcome to Vietnam Untold! Today, we bring you an important update that has captured the attention of food enthusiasts worldwide: the Sriracha shortage from Huy Fong. 

Yes, you heard it right! The beloved Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce has been facing a severe scarcity issue, which is extremely disappointing for both consumers and businesses. In fact, the situation is getting worse than ever before.

Since the summer of 2022, the supply of Sriracha has struggled to meet the overwhelming demand. Although there was a brief period of production in the fall, it seems that store shelves are once again devoid of this beloved condiment.

Huy Fong Foods, Inc., the company behind Sriracha located in Southern California, has recently revealed that they are experiencing an “unprecedented inventory shortage.” As a result, some retailers have imposed purchasing limits on this famous hot sauce, known for its iconic rooster logo and distinct green-capped squeeze bottle.

These supply challenges have been an ongoing problem for Huy Fong Foods due to the unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest. The red jalapeño-hybrid chili peppers, crucial for creating this renowned hot sauce, are sourced from Mexico, where drought conditions severely impacted crop production.

Until 2017, Huy Fong sourced its chili peppers exclusively from a family-run farm in Ventura County, California. However, a bitter lawsuit resulted in the two parties parting ways. Huy Fong founder Vietnamese-born American David Tran was obligated to pay the pepper producer $23 million for breaching the contract and committing fraud, ending a 30-year relationship.

Following the lawsuit, Tran started sourcing peppers from various producers in Mexico, New Mexico, and California, but currently, they are solely sourced from Mexico.

Restaurants around the US are now in a frenzy, desperately searching for wholesalers who can help replenish their dwindling Sriracha supplies. Meanwhile, loyal Sriracha enthusiasts have taken to social media to express their confusion at the absence of their beloved sauce from store shelves.

In a statement, Huy Fong Foods addressed their current situation, stating, “Although we were able to resume some production during the past fall season, our limited supply continues to impact our production capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot estimate when the supply will increase.”

According to a report, Huy Fong Foods enjoyed over $150 million in revenue as of 2022, making the 78-year-old former immigrant, David Tran, a billionaire living the American dream.

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