April 22, 2014




(San Fernando Valley, Calif.) -- This morning, Congressman Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) visited the Irwindale, CA facility of Huy Fong Foods, Inc. – maker of the popular hot sauce, Sriracha. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the plant’s operations and discuss the possibility of opening a Huy Fong Foods plant in the San Fernando Valley. Cárdenas recently asked Huy Fong Foods to consider the San Fernando Valley if relocation becomes their only option following a November 2013 lawsuit and Irwindale City Council ordinance.

During the visit, Cárdenas was able to view the plant’s storage, processing and packaging areas, and meet with Mr. David Tran, founder of Huy Fong Foods, about the possibility of keeping his business in California and creating jobs in the 29th District.

“Mr. Tran’s story is really powerful,” Cárdenas said at the end of the visit. “He left Vietnam, started a company from his home, and it has gone on to be so incredibly successful. He wanted to sell Sriracha all over the world, and he chose the United States – and California – to build his American company and create American jobs.

“This is an American success story. Huy Fong Foods is growing 10-20% every year. They manufacture their own bottles. All of their ingredients are grown in California’s Central Valley. If Huy Fong Foods needs to relocate, why send them off thousands of miles away? California’s 29th District is home to a long manufacturing tradition. Why not keep the jobs in California?”

Cárdenas was joined by staff from the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes.