This East Bay hot sauce is feeling the supply chain crunch

An undated photo of Hoppin Hot Sauce bottles.
An undated photo of Hoppin Hot Sauce bottles. Photo credit Hoppin Hot Sauce

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KCBS RADIO) – It's not just big businesses that have been impacted by the global supply chain problems.

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An East Bay hot sauce maker hasn't been able to sell his award-winning salsa for months.

Hoppin Hot Sauce has had a loyal following since it was first unveiled in 2018. It caught fire when the topping won the prize for Best Louisiana Style Hot Sauce at last year's Scovie Awards, which honor "the best fiery foods and barbeque products in the world."

They've even got a catchy jingle.

Unfortunately, the slowdown in the global supply chain has taken some of the fire out of Hoppin Hot Sauce's meteoric rise. "The ingredients, the packaging, every aspect of the business," John Hoppin told KCBS Radio. "They raised the price on me."

Prices are up at least twice what they were pre-pandemic, Hoppin estimated.

Finally, his commercial kitchen in Healdsburg will be able to start making product again.

This isn't the first challenge that Hoppin has overcome to make his hot sauce. The 43-year-old has multiple sclerosis, a fact that he advertises right on the bottles of hot sauce. "I came at it to affirm myself and say 'I'm here,'" Hoppin added. "'I can do this.'"

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