Popular Grocery Store Item Out of Stock Nationally?

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(FeaturedNews.com) – Sriracha enthusiasts might have to hurry to secure their favorite fiery sauce once more.

California-based Huy Fong Foods, a prominent sriracha producer, has indicated that a shortage is looming due to issues with their jalapeño chili pepper supply.

In a communication to its wholesale clients this week, the company revealed that it must stop production because the peppers do not meet the necessary red color standard.

This is the third consecutive year that Huy Fong Foods has reported supply challenges affecting its production capabilities.

The company explained in a letter reported by USA Today, “Upon reassessment of our chili supplies, we’ve found the chilies are too green to continue production without impacting the final product’s color.”

Wholesalers were informed by Huy Fong Foods that production would be suspended until the commencement of the next chili season after Labor Day.

As recently as June 2023, the firm had difficulties fulfilling demand as drought conditions in Mexico adversely affected vital pepper crops.

Huy Fong Foods does not sell its products directly to consumers.

This scarcity has led to significant price increases by third-party resellers on online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.

For instance, certain eBay sellers who participated in promotional agreements to feature their listings more prominently were noted selling a 9-ounce bottle for $26.98, two 17-ounce bottles for $54.49, and two 28-ounce bottles for $71.99.

In contrast, as of this Thursday, a 17-ounce bottle of the sauce is listed for approximately $5 on Target’s website.

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