How much can you endure fellow Americans? First, it was toilet paper. Then, it was baby formula. Now, it’s sriracha sauce. This is America under Joe Biden and Democrats’ watch.
The public might have to endure the summer without hot sauce after Huy Fong Foods, Inc., America’s premier sriracha sauce manufacturer, informed customers in April about a looming shortage.
The shortage is expected to affect fans of the company’s Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce severely, according to a report, citing a letter from Huy Fong Foods.
The news comes as the United States continues to grapple with supply chain shortages. Since the fall of 2021, Americans have voiced frustration with the low availability of key groceries in local stores.
An April letter from Huy Fong Foods — the California-based company known for producing the popular sriracha brand featuring a rooster on the bottle — warned consumers that a “shortage of chili pepper inventory” may limit the availability of the product.
Huy Fong Foods informed Axios that it hopes to “resume production as normal” with the fall harvest — meaning that orders made after April 19 will be moved to Labor Day or later.
Huy Fong Foods said:
“Unfortunately, this is out of our control, and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products.”
“Therefore, all orders submitted on or after April 19, 2022, will be scheduled AFTER Labor Day [Sept. 6, 2022] in the order it was received.”
Sriracha, as the sauce is commonly known, is the product of sun-ripened red jalapeno-hybrid chili peppers, the report noted.
“We understand that this may cause issues,” the letter read. “However, during this time we will not accept any new orders to be placed before September as we will not have enough inventory to fulfill your order.”
It began when Huy Fong Foods noticed a decline in its chili pepper inventory in about July 2020, and the situation worsened when poor weather conditions negatively affected this year’s chili crop, according to the company.
Along with sriracha, the company expects to experience shortages of Chili Garlic Sauce and Sambal Oelek Sauce.