A Sriracha hot sauce shortage could last all summer, the popular condiment’s manufacturer Huy Fong Foods said, according to CBS News.
For months the company has been dealing with a shortage of the chili peppers needed to make the popular hot sauce, as well as their Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.
In April they notified customers that the shortage was affecting their distribution, CBS News reported.
“Currently, due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, we now face a more severe shortage of chili,”Huy Fong Foods wrote a letter to customers stating the following.
Huy Fong Foods reported that any orders placed after April 19, or on the day after, will not be shipped until after Labor Day.
“We understand that this may cause issues,”The letter was added. “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.”
According to The New York Post, the letter warned retailers and restaurants carrying Huy Fong Foods products that they should not promise their products to customers unless it is actually in stock.
Sriracha sauce was developed in Thailand and Vietnam according to New York Post.
Huy Fong Foods, founded by David Tran (Chinese-Vietnamese Businessman) in 1980, is known for introducing Sriracha sauce into the American market. The New York Post reported that Tran was the founder of Huy Fong Foods. They are currently located in California.
According to the Post, Sriracha sauce was produced by the company in the past.