Shoppers grow fiery as Srircha shortage hits


Makers of the spicy condiment Sriracha revealed there will be a shortage of the hot sauce due the droughts affecting the harvest of chili peppers.

Southern California-based Huy Fong Inc confirmed that its products Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek would be affected by the pepper shortage.

The peppers which are sourced from farms in California, New Mexico and Mexico, have fallen victim to weather conditions which have affected the quality of the ingredient.

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A company email dated in April explained that all order submitted after 19 April would be fulfilled after Labour Day.

“Unfortunately, this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products,” the company said.

“We understand this may cause issues. 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.”

The hot sauce being iced out of supermarket shelves have left customers enraged with some calling it a “sign of the apocalypse” on Twitter.

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