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    nooooooooooooooooooooo!

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    Huy Fong Foods suspends production of sriracha, sambal oelek due to ‘severe’ chili shortage

    Carl Samson

    4 hours ago


    Weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers have forced Huy Fong Foods to suspend sales of its products, including its famous sriracha sauce.

    In an email to customers on April 19, the California-based company said they are facing “a more severe shortage of chili” compared to a similar situation in July 2020.

    As a result, all orders placed on or after April 19 will be scheduled after Sept. 6 in the order they were received.

    One restaurant that relies on the company’s sriracha said it may not offer the sauce as a free condiment.

    The news places chili peppers among the list of foods and/or products that are currently in shortage, most notably baby formula.

    Weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers have forced California-based Huy Fong Foods to suspend sales and production of its famous sriracha sauce, the company has announced.

    In an April 19 email that only recently made its rounds in the media, Huy Fong Foods informed customers that they are facing “a more severe shortage of chili” compared to a similar situation in July 2020. As a result, all orders placed on or after April 19 will be scheduled after Labor Day (Sept. 6) in the order they were received.

    “Due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, we now face a more severe shortage of chili,” the company said. “Unfortunately, this is out of our control, and without this essential ingredient, we are unable to produce any of our products.”

    Huy Fong Foods currently sells three kinds of sauces: sriracha, which is created from sun-ripened chilies pureed into a smooth paste; chili garlic, a thick, “chunky-style” hot sauce with a hint of garlic; and sambal oelek, a “full-bodied” sauce with the pure taste of chilies.

    In the email, the company added that those who have not received a confirmation after making their purchase will have their orders on hold until September.

    “We understand that this may cause issues. However, during this time we will not accept any new orders to be placed before September as we will not have enough inventory to fulfill your order,” the company said.

    Chili peppers have thus joined the list of foods and products in shortage so far this year. Baby formula, for instance, has been scarce since November 2021 and hit a whopping 73% out-of-stock rate on May 22, as per data firm Datasembly.

    Whether Huy Fong Foods will succeed in weathering the chili shortage remains to be seen. In late 2013, the company faced a similar supply crisis over community health complaints that forced it to undergo a regulatory check.

    For now, restaurants relying on sriracha are making the most of what they have. For one, Brady’s Sushi and Hibachi in Richmond, Kentucky, said it may not offer sriracha as a free condiment and would give only one free Spicy Mayo for every two rolls.

    Some Twitter users are just as worried.

    “Just found out there’s a sriracha shortage…WTF has the world come to?” one user wrote.
    Another sign of the apocalypse.
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    Sriracha factory slows from producing 18,000 bottles of Sriracha an hour to just 2,000 an hour


    Rebecca Moon
    13 mins ago

    Due to a drought, the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California, is producing about 2,000 bottles an hour compared to its usual production of 18,000 bottles an hour.

    The Huy Fong Foods, Inc. factory has been hit with a chili shortage due to an unexpected crop failure in peppers caused by severe weather conditions. The company estimated that it is only receiving approximately 10 percent of its typical amount of pepper products, reported NBC Los Angeles.

    With the increasing demand for Sriracha, the company believes that it is two years behind in production. The factory, which typically has nine conveyor belts running at a time, has reduced production to just one conveyor belt a day. The founder and owner of Huy Fong Foods, David Tran, stated that even during the COVID-19 pandemic the shortage was not as bad as its current situation.

    Last month, the company released a statement explaining the shortage in Sriracha.

    “Unfortunately, we can confirm that there is an unprecedented shortage of our products,” Huy Fong Foods stated. “ 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.”

    In addition, the company will not be taking any orders until September as it lacks the inventory.

    Huy Fong Foods is expecting pepper production to begin increasing next month through November. Tran stated that he is trying his best to keep all of his employees.

    “We’re hoping we’ll get more chilis to come the fall season,” Andrea Castillo of Huy Fong Foods told NBC Los Angeles.

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    These are dark times...
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    California man files lawsuit against Texas Pete hot sauce for false advertising
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    Nico Madrigal-Yankowski
    SFGATE
    Oct. 21, 2022

    A California man filed a lawsuit against Texas Pete hot sauce, claiming the company misled him to believe its product was made in Texas.
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    In a spicy turn of events, a California man is suing Texas Pete hot sauce for being made in North Carolina, not Texas.

    Philip White, from Los Angeles, claims the hot sauce, which is owned by TW Garner Food Co., misled him to believe that he was buying a hot sauce that represented the Texas style of hot sauce, according to Fox 26 in Houston. When he checked the label and discovered that it was actually made in North Carolina, he did the most American thing you can do — sue.

    “Although Defendant brands the Products ‘Texas Pete,’ there is surprisingly nothing Texas about them: unknown to consumers, the Products are standard Louisiana-style hot sauces, made with ingredients sourced outside the state of Texas, at a factory in North Carolina,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendant’s deceptive marketing and labeling scheme violates well-established federal and state consumer protection laws aimed at preventing this exact type of fraudulent scheme.”

    The court document goes on to say TW Garner Food created this brand of hot sauce because “the state of Texas enjoys a certain mysticism and appeal in the consumer marketplace and is known for its quality cuisine, spicy food, and hot sauce in particular.”

    White argues that he was led to believe he was enjoying real Texas flavor but that the defendant had “cheated” its way into the multibillion-dollar hot sauce industry with false advertising.

    Perhaps surprisingly, Texas Pete is prepared to go to battle.

    “Rest assured, we will vigorously defend ourselves from these meritless claims,” a spokesperson for TW Garner Food told SFGATE by email.

    While it feels like a case from an episode of “Boston Legal,” the mid-aughts ABC TV show about lawyers that took ridiculous cases, the lawsuit is going in front of a very real judge — White is claiming the company did at least $5 million in damage with its inaccurate label.


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    Nico Madrigal-Yankowski
    Nico Madrigal-Yankowski is a food reporter for SFGATE. He is a born and bred San Franciscan. Email him tips at nico.madrigal-yankowski@sfgate.com
    The funniest thing about this is that it's a CA dude filing the complaint. Doesn't TX have any pride?
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