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Sriracha Wars Finally End, People of Irwindale Told to Suck It Up

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The past 9 months have been a nightmare for the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory. Last year, the city of Irwindale, California hit them with a lawsuit, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant caused residents to suffer from burning eyes and irritated throats. A month later, the Sriracha factory was ordered to partially shut down, followed by a state order to stop shipping for 30 days.

In response to the City Council declaring the pungent smell a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods erected a “No Tear Gas Made Here” banner in retaliation. It seemed like there was no end in sight to the hot sauce debacle.

Now, fans of the iconic Sriracha brand will be pleased to know that the lawsuit filed against the company has been dismissed and the public nuisance declaration dropped, reports The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. In a compromise, Huy Fong CEO David Tran announced that the building’s ventilation system was modified in order to address the odor complaints.

Looks like we can all rest easy.

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[FIRST LOOK] Foodbeast Discovers What the Sriracha Factory Actually Looks Like Inside, Sadly No Oompa Loompas

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Last week, Huy Fong Foods Inc. released a public invitation inviting fans to tour their Willy Wonka Sriracha Factory. Located in Irwindale, Calif., the 650,00 square-foot factory has finally opened it’s doors to the masses.

Over the last few years, it’s no secret that Sriracha gained a die-hard cult following (we even made a video admitting our own sordid love affair with the hot sauce) and the beloved hot sauce is now a household name. So, without further ado, we present to you the Sriracha Factory: where dreams are birthed into 17-oz bottles.

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Rooster Sauce Command Center

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Founded by David Tran, Huy Fong Foods got its name from the freighter that Tran left Vietnam on many years ago. Sriracha’s signature rooster logo was also Tran’s Zodiac sign, which he used to brand his product. While we got a little nervous as we approached the ominous building, it was good to see where our love for the rooster sauce really comes from. We could only blindly adore for so long.

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Chili Pepper Slip n’ Slide

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The chilies are harvested when in season and loaded into this machine for thorough washing. Sadly, we missed harvest season by a few months, but we imagine it’s like some sort of glorious slip n’ slide for chilies only (boo).

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It’s a Grind(er)!

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The peppers then go through a rigorous grinding process and water is added to the chili peppers. There definitely was a mild smell in this part of the tour, but honestly, it was delicious. Dunno why Irwindale would complain, the only tears I had were those of joy.

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Vinegar and salt are also added to the ground chilies and mixed together thoroughly.

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Like the vats from Breaking Bad, but a different kind of addicting.

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The chilies are stored in these large blue containers until ready for production. Just before they’re dispensed into the vats, garlic and sugar are added to the mix.

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How many of these blue containers are on site? Think the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Empty Bottles Go In … Happiness Comes Out

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To make the Sriracha bottles, a plastic tube is heated until it expands. It’s like watching baby bottles of Sriracha in utero.

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They then go through a carefully inspected conveyor belt. Whatever doesn’t make the cut is probably sent to the island of misfit hot sauces.

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The empty bottles go into a room where the red sauce is squirted lovingly inside and then topped with their signature green caps.

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The bottles then exit the room through the conveyor and are ready to be boxed.

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So ends the tour of the Huy Fong factory. Wait, did they make other sauces there? I forgot to check. At capacity, 12,000 bottles of Sriracha are produced in an hour. Which means up to 288,000 bottles a day can be produced if needed. Like I said, this is where dreams are made.

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Huy Fong Foods Invites Fans to Visit 650,000 Sq Ft Sriracha Mecca

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Die-hard Sriracha fans, here’s some exceptionally good news: Huy Fong Foods is inviting fans to visit their famed factory. Yes, the same factory that fell into a heated legal battle with the city of Irwindale, CA when nearby residents claimed the plant’s glorious odor was causing burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches.

Luckily, that apocalypse was avoided (for now) and to celebrate, the Willy Wonka of Sriracha is offering free tours of its 650,000 square foot mecca.

You can read the golden ticket, courtesy of The Sriracha Cookbook, below:

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Right now we’re daydreaming of what it looks like inside. Is there a chocolate Sriracha river guests can take a dip in? A cheeky rooster that plops out golden eggs with a creamy Sriracha center? A Everlasting Sriracha Bottle that cold potentially put Slugworth out of business? Wait… sorry about that — we’re just really excited.

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Apocalypse Avoided: Sriracha to Resume Shipments in Late January

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It looks like everyone can breathe now, well except Irwindale residents: Sriracha will begin its shipping process later this month. There’s seems to be a light at the end of this unbearable 30-day tunnel for the beloved hot sauce, after all.

The troubles for Huy Fong Foods, manufacturer of Sriracha and other chili-based products, began when residents from the neighboring Irwindale area complained of an odor causing burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches. A court order demanded that the factory halt its productions for a 30-day period, which began in December. The shutdown was intended to further investigate the cause of the odor.

This was a problem for some food suppliers who believed they could lose hundreds of thousands in sales. However, it looks like things will be back in business for the company, as a spokesperson representing Huy Fong Foods confirmed with ABC News that they plan to resume shipments towards the end of January.

Between those stocking up religiously on bottles and those selling them on Amazon and eBay, has this month-long Sriracha panic given us a new sense of appreciation for the cock sauce?

H/T ABC News

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Time to Panic: Sriracha Shipment on Halt Until Mid-January

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Shipment of everyone’s beloved Sriracha will be on halt until mid-January.  Huy Fong Foods has been on lock ever since the California Department of Public Health began to implement stricter guidelines for the company’s production. Since their sauces are ground fresh and not cooked, batches of Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek are on a 30-day hold to help ensure that they’re kept free of harmful microorganisms.

The distribution delay follows a heated struggle with the city of Irwindale, California, which sued the hot sauce manufacturer after nearby residents complained of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by the pungent chili odor emanating from the plant. A judge has since ordered the factory to stop any operations that may contribute to the smell until experts can mitigate the situation.

Although Huy Fong Foods expects shipments to proceed as usual following the hold, some distributors have voiced their concern. Damon Chu, president of wholesale Asian food supplier Giant Union, told the LA Times that his company could lose up to $300,000 in sales.

H/T LA Times + Picthx Sriracha

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City Sues Sriracha, Complains the Factory’s Glorious Odor is Irritating Residents

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A Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California may be forced to shut down due to nearby residents complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by the pungent chili odor emanating from the plant. 

The city filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, requesting a halt to production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, as the smell forced some people to evacuate their homes. Although Huy Fong initially made moves to find a solution, plans fell through when the company refused to acknowledge the odor problem, pointing out that their employees worked in similar olfactory settings without an issue, Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the LA Times.

“If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don’t need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue,” said Galante, who further stated that more than 30 residents have filed or submitted a complaint to the city. Until Huy Fong is able to submit a plan of action to minimize the smell, the city is seeking temporary closure of the factory.

Ok, now that you know what’s up, is it awful that we think air contaminated with tantalizing Rooster Sauce sounds like a wet, delicious dream? I know, we’re awful, hungry people.

H/T LA Times + PicThx Sriracha