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“Fun free tour during the chili grinding season- seed to sauce! ”
Review of Huy Fong Foods

Huy Fong Foods
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Irwindale
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

#sirachalove The Irwindale manufacturing facility every year around pepper harvest time gives free 1 hour tours whereby you can do a self-guided tour to observe the pepper trucks coming in and the process of making the best hot sauce ever. The tours (starts at 10am and there's one every hour until 4pm) are usually the 4 Saturdays in September and takes about an hour. If you call and reserve a spot, you're guaranteed parking and good free swag (Siracha drawstring bag, your choice of the 3 popular Huy Fong hot sauces including siracha, and a Siracha T-shirt. However, you don't have to have a confirmed tour to do the tour- it just guarantees you parking and swag. The plant is very clean with self-guided tours walking around the perimeter of the plant. It's pretty cool if you are curious about how things are made - from seed to sauce, bottle making to filling, etc. The Rooster store has readably priced kitch items including a good selection of T-shirts. Go to Huy Fong Foods website for more details.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

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.

Thank WWLL
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Got a manufacturing tour of the facility and it was so much fun. It was chili grinding season and so the factory was operating non stop even on weekend! There was lion dancing shoes, complimentary snacks and free t shirts! Awesome

Thank Iris W
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Made the reservations and stopped here after work on a recent trip to California. Check in and head to the training room for a quick overview and safety talk. We climbed into the cart and our guide, Claudia, drove us around the building tot he back. Along the way we passed several truck bringing peppers into the building.

We were taken through the bottle manufacturing, bottle and blue barrel storage area among other places. The grinding room was off limits on the day that we were there as they are ramping up for grinding season. Maybe next time that will be open.

After the tour and as usual, you exit through the gift shop. T-shirts /, posters, and other swag are available for purchase at very reasonable prices. 2 thumbs up for the tour guide as she was thorough and personable.

Thank craigclark
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

The tour is very interesting and the tour leader very knowledgeable about the history of the product and the manufacturing process. Everything except the bottle caps are made in-house. Produce is from local farms. All chilis used in the sauce are from a single farm. September is chili grinding season when special tours (also free) are available on the weekends. Lots of fun stuff in the gift shop.

Thank zscore
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