Summer of 2024 may bring another Sriracha shortage

Huy Fong Foods may be facing another pepper problem this season, delaying Sriracha production. Don’t worry — we know how you can get your hands on some hot sauce.

Three shelves full of Huy Fong Food Sriracha bottles.

And to think we took this Sriracha-filled sight for granted last year.

Photo by Paul Narvaez via Wikimedia Commons

A summer without Sriracha? It’s a possibility now that Huy Fong Foods plans to stop production until after Labor Day. “All orders that have been scheduled beginning on May 6, 2024, will be canceled,” says the California-based hot sauce company. That’s nearly a four-month pause on the production of Sriracha, chili garlic sauce, and sambal oelek.

This isn’t the first time Huy Fong couldn’t deliver the heat. Last year we reported a Sriracha shortage due to droughts in Mexico (where the jalapeno peppers are sourced). This year’s culprit? The peppers are “too green.”

Huy Fong’s “red rooster” Sriracha is known for, well, being red. When jalapenos are too green, they dilute that iconic color. It isn’t just the hue that’s halting the hot sauce — green peppers are also less spicy than their more developed red pepper peers. And what’s Sriracha without spice?