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Climate Change May Be Responsible for Sriracha Hot Sauce Shortage
The producer of one the most popular sriracha hot sauces, a staple condiment in many homes and restaurants, announced there will be a short supply this summer because of drought in Mexico, reports NPR ’s Ashish Valentine.
Huy Fong Foods Inc., the manufacturer of a sauce referred to as “Sriracha” in the United States, wrote a letter to its customers in April announcing it was halting orders through the summer, per NBC News ’ Rob Wile. Sriracha is actually a type of Thai chili sauce, made from a variety of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, and then sometimes aged. It is not strictly a brand name and simply refers to this variety of sauces which originated in the Si Racha district of Thailand . Other sriracha sauces manufactured in Thailand are still available—the problem is localized to Huy Fong and any manufacturers sourcing from the same area as Huy Fong.
“Due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, we now face a more severe shortage of chili,” the letter states. “Unfortunately, this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products (Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek, and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce).”