Sriracha Sauce is enjoyed in 26 countries. It is a hot sauce enjoyed by millions, also being kosher.
I saw that they give tours of their factory so I went. We were driven around on a large golf cart. See my photos.
Since 2013 Huy Fong Foods is in a 650,000 square feet facility in Irwindale. Initially they had problems with neighbors who did not like the smell but now there is no problem. The name of the company came from the Taiwanese ship that took the owner from Vietnam to Hong Kong. He is an ethnic Chinese. Something is lost in the translation because the Chinese name is the Chinese name for HSBC.
This is chili harvest time and in the lot were several double trailers emptying jalapenos into the roasters. Huy Fong only buys peppers from Underwood Family Farms.
Sriracha is made from peppers, sugar, garlic and not much else. They only have three products, Sriracha, Chili Garlic, and Sambal Oelek, my favorite. They make just about everything themselves, the sauces, the bottles, the storage containers. The factory is highly automated and uses robots. All were designed by the owner, David Tran. Full-time staff is only about 100. According to our tour guide emplyees get full medical coverage paid for. The entire factory is cleaner than a hospital.
The business philosophy is very conservative. They make what they make and that is it. There is no research into new products. There is no tie-in marketing.
Except for a small gift shop there is no retail sales. We each got an 8 ounce bottle for free.
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