Price of Sriracha Could Jump If Judge Orders Shutdown in Odor Lawsuit

The price of Sriracha may jump if a court orders the hot sauce factory to halt production over a dispute with the city of Irwindale, the company’s chief executive said.

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Bottles of Sriracha hot sauce move through a conveyor system to a packing station at Huy Fong Foods in Rosemead in 2010. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

“If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump up a lot,” said CEO and founder David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, which makes the hot sauce.

Tran said the company is packing about 200,000 bottles of sauce a day. Every bottle produced is already sold and the company is struggling to meet demand.

After residents complained of burning eyes and throats and in some cases headaches, the city asked a judge Monday to halt operations at the plant. The plant, which processes raw materials for the sauce for about three months a year, is currently in the middle of a chile harvesting cycle.

“Given how long it’s going on, we had no choice but to institute this action,” Galante said.

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