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Sriracha Production Halts Due to Chili Pepper Shortage

Huy Fong Inc.’s Sriracha hot sauce is a pantry staple in many kitchens, being a versatile condiment that can pair its piquant and fiery brand with practically any meal. But sadly, fans may have to look elsewhere for a replacement sauce for the time being.

The company has said that due to chili pepper shortages, it will be halting production of its signature Sriracha hot chili sauce as well as its Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek products, and will not accept any new orders placed before September. Any orders placed before Labor Day would be fulfilled in the subsequent fall season, due to lack of inventory.

“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,” Huy Fong Inc. shared in a statement. “We hope for a fruitful fall season and thank our customers for their patience and continued support during this difficult time,” they continued.

In light of the unfortunate news, some folks have begun hoarding the current supplies of Huy Fong Inc.’s Sriracha, worried about the uncertain future of their favorite condiment.

The ambiguity of Sriracha’s future could leave fans with no other choice but to find a replacement hot sauce in the meantime.

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Tabasco Secretly Selling Its Own Sriracha

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The time to choose between Huy Fong’s Sriracha and OG daddy Tabasco has finally come. Amidst, the constant battles between Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, the company behind Tabasco quietly rolled out their own version of Sriracha Thai chili sauce.

Sold only on its Country Store website, the 15 oz plastic bottles of Tabasco Sriracha run for $4.99 each. The company also includes a description of the product, with a cheeky reminder of who was there first:

TABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is made of only the highest quality ingredients to create an authentic Thai chili sauce from the Brand who created pepper sauce in 1868.

So why the hush hush and the absence of social media hype? Grub Street reached out to the Tabasco reps and were told that the sriracha is only a limited-edition item at the moment. Meaning, they’re most likely giving the new product a test run while still working out some kinks. Still, whether Tabasco’s Sriracha ends up with a national roll-out or falls into condiment purgatory, its still a threatening move. I’d sleep with one eye open,  Huy Fong Foods.