Back in September of 2017, we learned the relationship between Huy Fong Foods and their sole provider of chilis for close to 30 years, Underwood Ranches, was in jeopardy. Huy Fong had just filed a lawsuit against Underwood Ranches alleging they were refusing to return over $1.4 million in overpayments and over $7 million of Huy Fong's equipment. At that time, we all had hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.
And by ‘prepared for the worst’ I mean we were terrified. The thought of life without Huy Fong’s Sriracha didn’t seem fair. But we tried to stay cautiously-optimistic, all while building up massive stockpiles of our beloved Rooster sauce for doomsday.
Months came and went, and no news. No news is good news, right? Wrong.
Fast forward almost one year to August, 2018, and there were rumblings that Underwood had countersued Huy Fong. This was not going to end well.
Then this afternoon Huy Fong took the spice-loving world by storm with two tweets:
1/2 The chili peppers HF had been receiving in the past was supplied only by one grower, Underwood Ranches, for the past 28 years. In 2017, Underwood Ranches, who had made high profits with its relationship with HF, decided to stop growing chili peppers for HF without any warning pic.twitter.com/FPzrtK0ePc— Huy Fong Foods (@huyfongfoods) March 28, 2019
2/2 In 2018, Underwood Ranches came out with their own Sriracha Sauce but is suing Hf for damages in excess of $20 million dollars. Underwood expects HF to pay back the “golden goose” that they themselves killed … Trial date is set in Ventura, CA for April, 29, 2019— Huy Fong Foods (@huyfongfoods) March 28, 2019
We're not sure what's happening behind the scenes, but what we do know is:
It was 11pm in Nevada, September 21st, 2019. Luckily, my truck broke down right outside a tiny diner with the faint glow of a red neon sign that flickered "The Beach Hut”. It was a Hawaiian-themed burger joint in the middle of the desert.
I ordered a cheeseburger and nibbled on the fries, dipping them in Sriracha. At least I remembered my Sriracha2Go Keychain......