Sriracha maker warns of hot sauce shortage

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Do you need to stock up on hot sauce? The company behind an iconic brand warns that chili peppers are in short supply.

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is used on everything from ramen noodles to eggs and toast. The condiment has a loyal fan base, and there are clothes, shoes, and restaurants that bear his name and his unique rooster logo.

A long drought in the western part of the United States causes a shortage of chili peppers. Huy Fong Foods sent a letter to customers warning them that orders placed after April will not be delivered until after Labor Day. Other orders will be on hold until September.

Brady’s Sushi and Hibachi in Richmond, Kentucky posted this message on their Facebook page:

Dear Customers,

Our most popular hot sauce, Sriracha, is facing unprecedented manufacturing and supply chain challenges. As a result, we can no longer provide Sriracha as a free condiment at our facility until further notice. Since it also plays a key role in our homemade Spicy Mayo, we will start limiting 1 free Spicy Mayo for 2 rolls until we secure our resources.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these difficult times.
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This restaurant was surprised by customers buying the hot sauce from grocery stores to drop off at their location. Huy Fong Foods tells Axios that they plan to resume full production in the fall. Sauce may be in short supply until then.

Here is the letter sent to customers:

Dear Customers,

As you may remember, on July 24, 2020, we sent an email to all customers stating that we were experiencing a shortage of chili stock. We had also advised and suggested that your company should not “promise” any product to customers unless you have the product in stock.

Currently, due to the weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, we are now facing a more serious shortage of chili peppers. Unfortunately this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient we cannot produce any of our products (Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce). Therefore, all orders submitted on or after April 19, 2022 will be scheduled AFTER Labor Day (September 6, 2022) in the order in which they were received. Additionally, if you have provided us with a purchase order and have not received confirmation, this will be suspended until September 2022.

We understand this can cause issues. However, during this time, we will not be accepting any new orders to be placed before September as we will not have enough inventory to fulfill your order.

We thank you for your continued support.


Huy Fong Foods, Inc.

This is not the first time there has been a production problem. The factory was closed in 2013 because of the spicy smells from their neighbors.

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