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May 4, 2014

Texas has a craving for hot-sauce company, Sriracha

Texans believe there’s no such thing as too hot. Especially when it comes to spicy foods. So it was pretty much a no-brainer for state Rep. Jason Villalba when he learned that the makers of the popular Sriracha hot sauce are having problems in California, where officials believe production of the spicy liquid is too pungent and may declare it a public nuisance.

Texans believe there’s no such thing as too hot.

Especially when it comes to spicy foods.

So it was pretty much a no-brainer for state Rep. Jason Villalba when he learned that the makers of the popular Sriracha hot sauce are having problems in California, where officials believe production of the spicy liquid is too pungent and may declare it a public nuisance.

He reached out to the people at Huy Fong Foods to let them know that their fierce red sauce — one of the top-selling condiments in the U.S. — would be a perfect fit for Texas. Now he and other officials are gearing up to head to California next week to make a formal pitch for the move.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” said Villalba, R-Dallas. “We recognize that we have a long journey ahead of us. But we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to bring some high-paying jobs and great hot sauce to this region of the country.”

Generally, efforts to woo companies and residents to Texas from other states begin with top officials such as Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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