Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha Production Faces Chilli Shortage

Over the past two years we have seen what seems like a frightening amount of shortages. Shortages of cream cheese, chocolate and chicken have all made national headlines. Empty shelves in grocery stores have become a recurring news item. And now, the latest news on the shortage may hurt the hearts of many hot sauce lovers: Sriracha is currently in short supply due to an “unprecedented” chilli shortage.

Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the hugely popular sriracha brand, said shortages of the chili peppers it uses to make the hot sauce have actually been a problem for two years, but production recently hit an all-time high, according to a letter the company issued to buyers. The company confirmed the bad news in a statement obtained by Food & Winesaying it now faces an “unprecedented shortage” of its products.

“We are still working to resolve this issue which has [been] caused by several spiraling events, including an unexpected crop failure of the spring chili crop,” the company said, according to the report. “We look forward to a successful fall season and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time.

Unfortunately, struggling chili crops won’t just affect Huy Fong Foods’ sriracha production. There is also a chance that we will also see low stocks of his Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek.

Since the shortage warning letter in April, the company has been urging buyers not to “promise” any product to customers unless they have the product in stock. If sriracha stocks evaporate, it’s likely sriracha fans won’t see shelves restocked until fall 2022, as Huy Fong Foods said it would start fulfilling orders again after Labor Day.

Janae Price is an editor at Thrillist. She’s originally from New York and loves all things cheese, K-pop, and culture. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @janae_larie.

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