Now that California is under the impression that its fiscal house is in order, concerned Californians are turning their attention to issuing annoying regulations.
The producers of the popular hot sauce Sriracha got slapped with a court order to cease production by a couple of Nosey Nancys who complained that the plant’s production of raw chiles caused burning eyes and headaches in the surrounding neighborhood. Wimps. Sriracha’s creator David Tran told the LA 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.
Thanks a bunch, guys.
I can think of a few people who won’t appreciate the price surge. Starting with this rando:
According to Tran, his company has already wholesaled every bottle, and is struggling to meet surging demand. Sriracha’s popularity is measured by the true signifier of successful branding: trashy Halloween costumes.
A jump in the price of Sriracha would shake the very foundations of the condiment world. Sriracha’s producer raked in $60 million dollars last year, all with spending zero on advertising. For example, they didn’t pay this dimepiece one dime.
David Tran’s story is the American Dream. He traveled to America from his native Vietnam and created Sriracha to replicate the spicy sauces used back home. That makes Sriracha as American as apple pie and this young lady.
On top of that, Tran has not raised the wholesale price of the sauce in 30 years. The man is a treasure. And so are his customers.
Tran has adjusted the plant’s emissions and Los Angeles has cleared the plant of any city violations. Yet Sriracha is threatened because a few softies want to ruin it for everyone else. Including her:
A few softies are making everyone pay for more. Just like Obamacare.