Maker of Sriracha warns of ‘unprecedented shortage,’ hopes for production to improve in fall

Huy Fong Foods ceased accepting new orders for all its products

FILE - In the Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. The Commerce Department reports on orders placed with U.S. factories in October, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) (Associated Press)

People who enjoy a spicy dash of Sriracha with their meal may encounter some disappointment when they head to the grocery store.

Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the chili sauce, is experiencing an “unprecedented shortage” of its products.


In addition to Sriracha, Huy Fong, which is based in California, also makes a popular chili garlic sauce as well as a chili paste called Sambal Oelek.

The company has been forced to halt production of all three products entirely.

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“We are still endeavoring to resolve this issue that has (been) caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest,” Huy Fond said in an email to News 6. “We hope for a fruitful fall season and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time.”

In an email to customers, which is available online, Huy Fong said that any orders made after April 19 may not be fulfilled until after Labor Day, Sept. 6. It also said it will no longer be accepting new orders until September.

Read the letter below:

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