CONSUMERS have been warned of a major Sriracha shortage in the coming months and urged to find an alternative.
The company anticipates shortages could continue into the summer of 2022 and into early fall, and will pause orders until after Labor Day 2022.
Why is there Sriracha Deficiency?
Sauce maker Huy Fong Foods sent a July 2020 letter to customers advising that they were encountering a shortage of chili peppers and that this would affect their distribution.
The company sent a follow-up letter in April 2022, which said, “As you may recall, on July 24, 2020, we emailed all customers that we had identified a shortage of chili peppers.”
The company stated, “Currently, we are facing a more severe shortage of chili due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers.”
Without the chili ingredient, the company would not be able to produce Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.
Huy Fong Foods is one of the world’s largest producers of Asian hot sauce, but scarcity of its chilli crop has led to mass shortages of the coveted sriracha sauce.
The company said in a statement, “We are still working to resolve this issue caused by multiple spiraling events, including unexpected crop failures in the spring chili crop.”
How long will the shortage last?
The company informed customers that all orders for Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce would be fulfilled after Labor Day.
The shortages began in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, but crop failures have made it increasingly difficult to keep up with demand.
Huy Hong Foods instructed suppliers not to promise the product to any customer unless they already have it in stock, hoping the disruption to order fulfillment will give the company the time it needs to build up excess stock.
“We hope for a fruitful autumn season and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time,” said Huy Fong.
Will Sriracha sell out?
Sriracha lovers have taken social media with an exclamation of what they say is the “worst food news of the whole year.”
Photos of shopping carts filled with sriracha sauce have surfaced on Twitter, with customers saying they will buy the sauce before supplies run off the shelves.
The Sriracha shortage is the latest in a series of items including avocados, rice krispies and popcorn.
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