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Another Sriracha shortage is upon us. How long will it last?

A worker in coveralls and a hairnet grabs bottles of hot sauce from a conveyor belt
Sriracha chili sauce is made at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale. Production of the popular hot sauce is once again constrained by a shortage of chile peppers.
(Nick Ut / Associated Press)
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As the weather in Southern California heats up this summer, residents may need to come up with backup options for bringing heat to their favorite dishes.

Huy Fong Foods Inc., producer of Sriracha hot sauce, said last summer’s drought in Mexico continues to hamper its ability to churn out the iconic green-capped bottles of its popular spicy condiment.

“Unfortunately, we are still experiencing a shortage of raw material,” the Irwindale company said in a statement, referring to the chiles from Mexico that have ended up in short supply because of the bad weather conditions.

The run on Sriracha was caused by weather in a single region of Mexico.

June 10, 2022

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Huy Fong Foods typically uses about 50,000 tons of chiles a year in producing its three condiments, which also include a chile-garlic sauce and a sambal oelek.

Though some production resumed last fall, the company still has a “limited supply that continues to affect our production,” the statement said. And it’s not clear when chiles may become more readily available — Huy Fong Foods offered “no estimations of when supply will increase.”

The company does not know which outlets have its products in stock but said it is “working on trying to avoid future shortages.”

The maker of a beloved condiment — Huy Fong Foods Inc. — has been forced to suspend production of its iconic spicy sauces due to a shortage of chili peppers.

June 9, 2022

As customers again feel the squeeze from what Huy Fong Foods called an “unprecedented inventory shortage,” they may have to look elsewhere for their sauce needs.

On Amazon, a single 9-ounce bottle of Sriracha cost $9.50 on Tuesday. Under the three-pack option, the site notes: “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

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