September 29, 2022
Sriracha production was suspended because of a chili pepper shortage: 'Unfortunately, this is out of our control'

Huy Fong Foods Inc., the company that makes sriracha, has suspended production of the sauce, along with its chili garlic and sambal oelek sauces, because of a chili pepper shortage.

In a letter to customers in April, the company said it’s experiencing a “severe shortage of chili” because of weather conditions where the chili peppers are grown. Huy Fong told Axios its chili peppers come from Mexico, which is currently in a drought.

“Unfortunately, this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products (Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek, and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce),” the company wrote in the letter to customers.

The company added that it’s trying to tackle the problems “caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest.” Huy Fong is hoping “for a fruitful fall season,” it said in the statement.

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