Looks Like Sriracha Is Next on the Food-Shortage List

A major sriracha brand has posted about a "severe shortage" of chili peppers.

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PHOTO BY Unsplash/Hiroko Nishimura

(SPOT.ph) Lots of great things have been going on this 2022—from restaurants opening left and right to countries like Korea and Japan finally opening to tourists—but on the opposite side of the spectrum come news of food shortage. We've talked about the "global" potato shortage, and more recently limited stocks—think Mary Grace's famous ensaymada (likely connected to scarcities in supplies of flour linked to the Ukraine-Russia war). Next up on the list of foods you'll want to savor every morsel of? Sriracha—a.k.a. the Southeast-Asian chili condiment you likely squiggle onto everything from pad thai to hot dog sandwiches. Huy Fong Foods, Inc.—the Vietnamese brand whose take on the condiment is arguably the most popular around the world—has announced that it's suspending its production of their sriracha due to a "severe shortage of chili."

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You'll want to savor every last drop of that Sriracha in your pantry. (Photo for illustrative purposes only) 
PHOTO BY Unsplash/Hiroko Nishimura

Could there be a sriracha shortage going on?

In a letter dated April 19, Huy Fong Foods, Inc. in California reports the said shortage, which is said to be due to "weather conditions" affecting the peppers' quality. As chili peppers are an "essential ingredient" in making their flagship products—the Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek, and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce—they'll be unable to produce those items in the meantime. The report also states that orders placed after April 19 will not be delivered until—drumroll, please—September.

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PHOTO BY Screenshot/Huy Fong Foods, Inc. letter from April 19, 2022
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Huy Fong Foods, Inc. is a hot sauce company based in California. Founded in 1980, they specialize in producing well, spicy condiments—with rtheir take on the Thai sriracha sauce being their most popular. We're sure you're familiar with their rooster logo. 

Interestingly, it seems other sriracha brands have yet to make similar announcements. Either way, we say now might be a very good time to check out the many other fiery hot sauces made and/or sold locally here in the Philippines. We know, we know, they're not quite replacements, but they're still well worth a spot in your pantry in light of the situation. 

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