We have a section on our site is called “Origins Of Top Businesses”.
It features interesting facts about the early years of well-known businesses.
These facts are given to you for fun and inspiration.
Fun because how many top businesses started out is really surprising.
Inspiring because it will help you as a business owner see that if they can do it, so can you.
Today I want to do things a little differently.
On my lung break, I watched a documentary called “Sriracha Movie“.
With the facts fresh on my mind, I want to present to you what I am calling “16 Things You Didn’t Know About Sriracha“:
- It was created by a Chinese man from Vietnam named David Tran.
- His family was forced to leave Vietnam when the government cracked down on ethnic Chinese in south Vietnam.
- Tran and thousands of other refugees crowded onto the freighter Huey Fong that was heading for Hong Kong. After a month-long standoff with the British authorities, the ship disembarked its passengers on January 19, 1979. Tran was later granted asylum in the United States.
- He created his sauce in an attempt to reproduce the type of sauce that is popular in Vietnam.
- He makes the sauce from vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic.
- He original filled the first jars by hand with a spoon.
- He started Huy Fong Foods in 1980 and named the company after the refugee ship that brought him out of Vietnam.
- This original sauce is called Sriraja Panich was created in Thailand in an area called Si Racha in the 1930s.
- It was created from the recipe of a housewife named Thanom Chakkapak.
- The Sriracha sauce that Tan made, which is popular here in the U.S., is sometimes known as “rooster sauce,” because of the rooster featured on its label.
- The business has never advertised.
- They don’t have a Facebook page.
- They don’t use Twitter.
- You can’t order their product online!
- For 25 years, a farmer named Craig Underwood has been the only supplier of the peppers that Huy Fong Foods uses. (He also doesn’t sell them to anyone else.)
- YOU’VE BEEN PRONOUNCING IT WRONG! Take away the first “R” sound. It’s “See-Ra-Cha“. You can listen to how it sounds in this clip from the movie…