December 1, 2023

Followers of sriracha sauce may need to discover a new spice different.

Continuous chili provide disruptions are hampering manufacturing inside one of many nation’s main sriracha sauce producers for a second 12 months in a row.  

Huy Fong Meals, Inc., a California-based sizzling sauce firm that provides bottles of sriracha sauce to eating places, grocery shops and different meals retailers all through the nation, has been struggling to maintain up with demand whereas droughts in Mexico kill off important pepper crops.


But resellers on e-commerce platforms resembling eBay and Amazon are filling gaps with listings that mark single bottles for exorbitant costs.

A few of the recognizable, green-topped bottles, that are colloquially known as “Rooster Sauce,” in reference to the model’s rooster emblem, are being listed and offered for round $30 (plus transport), which incorporates Huy Fong’s 9-, 17- and 28-ounce bottles.

On the time of publication, some sponsored sellers on eBay who’ve agreed to pay the public sale web site a share of their sale worth for larger placement in search outcomes, have offered single 9-ounce bottles for $26.98, 17-ounce two packs for $54.49 and 28-ounce two packs for $71.99.

Beneath one other eBay itemizing, the web page says 12 of the 28-ounce bottles have been offered for upward of $69.99. One bottle prices $69.99; but if buyers buy a couple of bottle, the value barely goes down, in line with the itemizing.

Bulk dimension packages that comprise 50 packets with below an oz. every are additionally being offered for $23.94.

Sellers on eBay are sponsoring listings for Huy Fong Sriracha Scorching Chili Sauce for larger than regular costs as the new sauce producer battles provide chain disruptions. (eBay / Fox Information)

On Amazon, resellers of Huy Fong’s Sriracha Scorching Chili Sauce have listed single and multipack bottles for tens of {dollars}. 

Analytics displayed below listings present some sellers of Huy Fong sriracha have offered over 50 or over 100 bottles within the final month, and a few listings have been seen by a whole bunch or hundreds of buyers shopping Amazon.

A 17-ounce two pack itemizing from an Iowa-based vendor, which is presently priced at $124.99 and has but to be reviewed by verified purchasers, has generated over 7,000 views within the final month, in line with Amazon’s web site.

“Sadly, we will verify that there’s an unprecedented scarcity of our merchandise,” a consultant of Huy Fong Meals wrote in an emailed assertion to FOX Enterprise. “We’re nonetheless endeavoring to resolve this situation that has be attributable to a number of spiraling occasions, together with surprising crop failure from the spring chili harvest. We hope for a fruitful fall season and thank our prospects for his or her endurance and continued assist throughout this troublesome time.”

The rep added that the model solely sells “at a wholesale stage” and doesn’t “set or management retail pricing.”

FOX Enterprise reached out to eBay and Amazon for remark.


Caleb Chen, of Reno, Nevada, who’s the founding father of a hashish evaluation web site The Highest Critic, informed FOX Enterprise he’d be keen to purchase a $30 bottle of sriracha “in a pinch.”

“It is a sauce with cult standing and anytime there are provide chain points, the market goes loopy,” stated Chen. “I’m having a tough time discovering the sauce now however that is why I am glad I’ve a backup inventory. I am going to be capable to journey out this wave of excessive sriracha costs, identical to the final one.”

Three Huy Fong sriracha bottles in a pantry.

Gena Cox, a sriracha fan from Florida, shares a photograph with FOX Enterprise displaying she has a number of Huy Fong Sriracha Scorching Chili Sauce bottles in her pantry. (Gena Cox / Fox Information)

Gena Cox, an organizational psychologist and government coach from Florida, who’s a self-described “sriracha addict,” informed FOX Enterprise she stocked up on bottles of the enduring sizzling sauce when she first heard about Huy Fong’s scarcity final 12 months.

“I purchased 5 bottles and maintain replenishing them by date. So, I’m form of a ‘sriracha hoarder,’” she stated. “I’d not pay $30, although.”

Cox famous that she chooses to purchase her meals from established retailers, so buying sriracha on-line from giant e-commerce web sites isn’t one thing she plans on doing.


Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, a sriracha fan and director of studying and partnerships from New Orleans, Louisiana, informed FOX Enterprise she’s needed to lower her utilization of the chili-garlic sauce by greater than half.

“As quickly as I heard about it final 12 months, I hit a number of shops to top off, and I am down to at least one bottle now,” she stated. “The concession I made this 12 months was to change to a dry sriracha powder that I take advantage of whereas cooking. It is not precisely the identical, nevertheless it was out there when sriracha [sauce] wasn’t. I am not trying ahead to a seamless scarcity.”

Huy Fong Foods sriracha bottles arranged on a table next to soy sauce bottles.

Bottles of Huy Fong Meals Sriracha sauce are on show at a grocery store in Larkspur, California, on June 10, 2022. As a consequence of ongoing chili pepper shortages, the favored condiment is turning into laborious to seek out on retailer cabinets. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

Gareth Boyd of Belfast, Northern Eire (a U.Ok. constituent nation), who’s the co-founder and managing director of the worldwide present basket firm Boyd Hampers, has additionally been affected by Huy Fong’s ongoing sriracha scarcity.

“As a meals present basket retailer with a restaurant and somebody who often makes use of Huy Fong’s sriracha sauce in my institution and present baskets, the continued scarcity has certainly impacted us,” he wrote to FOX Enterprise. “We’ve observed that the shortage of the sauce has pressured us to get inventive with our sourcing, and sure, we’ve got needed to pay a premium for it every now and then.”

“That stated, spending $30 on a single 28-ounce bottle isn’t a long-term sustainable possibility for us,” Boyd continued. “We’re acutely aware of our price construction and whereas the sauce is a well-liked condiment, we additionally want to think about our margins. We have tried substituting with different manufacturers, however the distinctive style of Huy Fong’s sriracha sauce is tough to duplicate. The suggestions from our common prospects has strengthened this.”

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In an electronic mail despatched to Fox Information Digital final 12 months, Huy Fong Meals confirmed it was experiencing a sriracha scarcity because of an “surprising crop failure from the spring chili harvest.” 

The corporate informed the Los Angeles Occasions in April that it was nonetheless going through an “unprecedented stock scarcity” with a scarcity of “uncooked supplies,” and the scarcity seems to have continued into June.

David Tran

David Tran, founding father of Huy Fong Meals, Inc., a world-famous sriracha sauce producer, began the corporate in 1980. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Occasions through Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

A latest article from the California newspaper reported that droughts in Mexico are harming chili pepper crops grown by Huy Fong’s Mexico-based suppliers, which has hindered sriracha manufacturing.

The spicy condiment is produced from sun-ripened crimson jalapeño-hybrid chili peppers.

Huy Fong Meals is basically credited with introducing sriracha sauce to the American market. The corporate was based in 1980 by Chinese language-Vietnamese businessman David Tran. 


Competing sriracha manufacturers embrace Flying Goose, Kikkoman, Roland Meals, Tabasco, Badia and a number of other grocery retailer namesakes.