David Tran, CEO of the popular company that manufactures the popular Sriracha hot sauce, fled communist Vietnam in 1978. In 1980, he started his company, Huy Fong, which he named after the freighter that brought him to the U.S.
Tran was living the American dream and enjoying the fruits of his labor in the at least somewhat free market, capitalist system, developing his own hot sauce, Sriracha which he named after its place of origin (Si Racha, Thailand). The product has become so popular as to almost have a cult following. Bon Appetit honored the product by calling it one if its favorite foods last year.
But now Tran tells NPR in an interview that the U.S. is feeling more like the communist government he escaped because of the many government intrusions:
“Today, I feel almost the same . Even now, we live in [the] USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference.”
Tran’s company has been harassed by the Irwindale, California city council, which claims that the factory’s spicy smells harm its neighbors.
Amazingly, according to an article in Businessweek last year, the company doesn’t advertise and the last time their website was updated was 2004. It looks more like 1994.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been courting Tran’s company with open arms, saying in the Lone Star State “we know a thing or two about hot food and even hotter business climates,” referring to the state’s business-friendly tax and regulatory environment:
Texas’ low taxes, predictable regulations, fair courts and world-class workforce make our state the ideal place for any business looking to relocate or expand, and I trust our sriracha delegation will communicate that effectively. Beyond that, we’re Texas: we know a thing or two about hot food and even hotter business climates.h/t: United Liberty