A comment last evening motivated us to provide an update on where we are at the moment. It said, “It’s been over a year now, and it’s been over three months since your last comment. Is this whole thing a big joke to keep us holding on?” The simple answer is “no”. We’re just like sailors in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with mechanical problems and wondering whether to go forward to where we want to go or back to where we started.
Not to editorialize, but sometimes people aren’t aware whether the company behind the curtain is a big one like ConAgra from which we bought the brand, or a smaller one like us — funded out of the pockets of me and four others. We’re good business people. We had to rebuild the process in a new location and when we got to what we thought was the finish line we found that the product wasn’t going to be of sufficient quality for the long-term due to the manufacturing processes. But you already know this.
The legal dispute centers on the fact that our equipment was “converted” (a legal term for stolen) because our contract manufacturers wanted additional payments above and beyond what was contractually required. The amounts aren’t huge in the grand scheme of things, but as a business people, we deemed it more appropriate to sue for damages than settle for unreasonable demands and because the other side is holding something (our critical manufacturing equipment) hostage.
Since our last update, it has basically been back and forth with the Cook County courts. We suspect the effort is to wear us out, but we’re made of stern stuff. From our end, this appears to be a criminal matter, not a civil one, but we’ve all seen enough legal shows on television to realize that world works in strange ways.
We’re now asking ourselves whether we should separate out legal from operational. On one hand, let’s pursue the case but on the other, figure out how to buy new equipment to replace the old. That takes awhile, but consumers remain in touch with us saying our product is special and they hope it comes back. The trick is that all this takes money, and money doesn’t go on trees. We trust this helps explain why it’s not so easy answering “yes/no” questions and providing definitive dates for our return.
As always, we thank you for your ongoing support.
From the outside looking in we are behind you and want to encourage you to keep moving forward.We will support you any way we can.
Thx, Bill. Much appreciated. Ted Leavitt
Thank you for the update Ted
I am still waiting here with a watering mouth and hoping the courts find way to resolve this sooner then later in RyKrisp favor.
My large supply stash is running out. This is my personal crack and go to snack with cheese, especially when I can’t sleep.. I can’t find anything that tastes like it on the market. I sure hope you find a way to resolve all of this because I really really really really need my seasoned RYKRISP crackers. I am on my last box.
It sounds like a scene from “End of Days”. Hope to get you back with inventory some day. Thanks for being a fan. Ted Leavitt
Like many of your followers, my family is also stressed and distressed over your troubles…and, as well perhaps, wondering what we cando to assist as opposed to just inquiring or bitching. How can we build a ground-swell? Any thoughts??
Folks have been great with coming back with ideas. We even got an economic development inquiry from one of our strong markets. One thing we’ve been thinking of is asking for some upfront order from our fans to help kick start the effort when back. Sort of crowd funding but “in kind” as opposed to buying shares (we are limited in that as an LLC). Thanks for thinking of us and asking. The thinking cap is always on! Ted Leavitt
If you guys make it like it was..I will buy it.
That sounds like a proverb. Thx! Ted Leavitt
May I Suggest: New Equipment … Crowdfunding …
A good idea. LLCs (which we are) have limitations of 100 shareholders, making this path a bit tricky, and the fact that the preferred solution is to get back what is rightfully ours rather than have to start afresh. We’re certainly working on all options. Thanks for thinking of us with concrete suggestions. Always appreciated. Ted Leavitt
Please continue to go forward. I love RYKRISP and dearly miss it as I have been eating it for some 60 years .Keeping us( ie customers) in the loop is heartening that maybe we can make a difference, even if just a small one. Thank you Diana Warner
Thanks for wanting to help make a difference. It starts with comments like yours. Many thanks! Ted Leavitt
I miss RYKRISP. I hope you figure this out soon. Good luck to you. Please keep us posted.
Thanks. Presume you have signed up here on the website for updates. That’s the sure way we will keep you posted of significant developments…we try not to bother our fans with every development (I know myself from the amount of email I get from places I bought one thing from). All the best, Ted Leavitt
I fell in love with your crackers many years ago, and have been dismayed they aren’t available here in central ohio. Now I know why. I hope you have a favorable judgement, and get back on the shelves very soon!
From one person in Ohio to another. We’re on the case. Thx! Ted Leavitt
My mother ate RYKRISP her whole life. Its a great product and I can’t wait until it is back so I can carry on the family tradition of introducing it to my daughter. Good luck and I hope you are back in production soon.
Many thanks for the kind words. Ted Leavitt
I love and miss RyKrisp! I hope this court business is settled soon but I vote for separating legal and operational because this has been too long of a wait. I hope to hear some production plans soon!
Jan – we agree with the sentiment, but paying off someone when you are in the right is 1) expensive and 2) the wrong thing for us to do. It hurts us to say that, but that’s the truth. In thinking positive, remember that ConAgra was closing the business down when we bought it :-). It’s a bit of a non-sequitur but your comment does remind me that having RYKRISP around seems so obvious — natural and healthy. Thanks for the friendly “prod”. Ted Leavitt
I ❤️ RYKRISP! My quest for RYKRISP took me all over town and back again, only to return empty-handed. Hope to see your product back on the shelves soon. Tried many other brands, but nothing compares. Not even close!
Thanks for the good wishes. Feel the same! Ted Leavitt
Me too! Searched everywhere and then went online and it said the factory was closed. I hope you win your battles and that you can do what you intended to make the product again! I really don’t like the alternatives as much as this one. Good luck, best wishes!!
Linda – thanks for the words of support. Ted
Please keep up the fight- I am waiting and really miss seasoned RYKRISP crackers. I will be here, ready to go 45 miles to get them when you finally prevail.
Litigation is truly enervating, and we don’t wish it upon anyone…ourselves included 🙂 Thx! Ted Leavitt
Please bring back RYKRISP. Many of us are still waiting and hoping. Nothing else is quite as good.
Sue – thanks for the nice words. Best, Ted Leavitt
PLEASE bring seasoned RYKRISP crackers back soon!!! They were a staple of my diet.
Karen – when things are in the courts, it’s tough to guarantee timing but we certainly have the same wish and are working on it. Best, Ted Leavitt
Just happened upon this while looking for a recipe to make some RYKRISP. I am sending you good thoughts and know I want you to succeed. Remember David and Goliath!
…and St. George and the dragon…you make us think of the word “smote”. We like the analogy. Thanks for the good wishes. Ted Leavitt
So why don’t you let us who are eagerly waiting for the return of RYKRISP buy in and let’s get this show on the road? I’m getting old and I don’t have forever here! I would love to invest in RYKRISP!
Cyndi – Thanks. It’s a bit complicated in that an LLC can’t have more than 100 investors (we are 5), but we might consider doing something “in kind” (e.g., support for crackers down the road…or something). Will put the thinking cap on! Ted Leavitt
In a time where crappy fast food and poor health products are on the shelves of our supermarkets, your product falls in the whole grain category. This product has saved me many times from choosing other brands in trying to stay healthy. The crunch and seasoning is superb. Please consider coming back with a product, my fav. was seasoned RYKRISP. Loved it. They fit in well with people who can’t eat many carbs.
Seasoned was the #1 seller. Hopefully, it will be again in the future. Thanks for the words of support and encouragement. Ted Leavitt
Good luck. Want my RYKRISP.
Succinct. Got it! Ted
Whew. You have my ongoing support. I just want RyKrisp and will go many miles to get it, but I am in my 75th year, so I hope you are successful before long, and I’m sorry for all your difficulties! I too wondered if you were toying with us and appreciate your update. (“Sesame” — not so much “Seasoned”…)
Definitely not toying…wishing more than anything that we weren’t in this situation, but such is life. Someone takes your equipment out of a warehouse and that sure seems like theft. Unfortunately, when this happens in business, it’s a commercial issue vs a criminal one, and you have to go to court. A pain in the neck. Thanks for keeping up the interest. Ted Leavitt
I have been looking for seasoned RYKRISP for months. Now I know why I cant find it. Hope it comes back.
In the grand scheme of the grocery world, we’re pretty obscure, but glad you found us and are now apprised. All the best, Ted Leavitt
Anxiously awaiting the return of RYKRISP! It was a staple in our house until it suddenly disappeared off the shelves of the grocery stores. I believe it has actually been a staple for four generations of my family. Hang in there, whenever you get RYKRISP back out into the world, we’ll be waiting to buy it and EAT IT!
We’re hanging in there and trying to get the issues resolved. Don’t want to break a four-generation streak. Many thanks, Ted Leavitt
We are rooting for you because we truly miss RYKRISP!!!! As soon as it is being made we will order up!!!!
4 exclamation marks says it all. Thanks!!!! Ted Leavitt
ABSOLUTELY LOVE RYKRISP… WE HAVE ENJOYED IT FOR MANY YEARS, STARTING BACK IN 1937 WITH MY PARENTS MARRIAGE… I AM A HUGE FAN OF THE SESAME VERSION, AND AM HOPEFUL THAT YOU FOLKS CAN SOME HOW RETURN TO US, (INCLUDING A SLEW OF US GOOD MINNESOTANS WHO GREW UP ON THIS WONDERFUL AND DELICIOUS PRODUCT. (AWESOME WITH TOPPED WITH COTTAGE CHEESE AND GREEK SEASONING…
IT IS SAD HOW SOME MANY WONDERFUL FOOD STUFFS ARE TRASHED AND TOSSED ASIDE DUE TO “AQUISITIONS AND MERGERS” IF THE WORLD IS NOT CLAMMERING FOR IT, THEN IT HAS NO VALUE…. WRONG WRONG WRONG. HEY GUYS, THERE ARE MANY OF US OUT HERE… MISSING IT, I’VE CHECKED STORE SHELVES MANY TIMES, AND JUST FOUND THE DETAILS OF YOUR STORY TODAY… GOOD LUCK TO YOU GENTLEMEN… IT IS SAD HOW GREED AND UNSAVORY FOLKS CAN SPOIL A DREAM OF FOUR GENTLEMEN SUCH AS YOURSELVES. I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK IN MAKING THIS RY COMEBACK COME ABOUT…GOOD LUCK IN COURT MAY YOU WIN!
Thanks for the nice story. It brings a smile to the day. Your sentiment is one of the key drivers of why we bought the brand in the first place. Having our equipment stolen and then having to sue to get it back is certainly a roadblock, but we’re pretty resolute in our efforts. Thanks again. Ted
I love RYKRISP. I bought a couple of cartons when I found out the old company was going out of business but I’m almost done with my supply. PLS BEGIN MAKING THEM AGAIN. None of the replacements suggested taste like RYKRISP. Can you send me an email once you are in production? Thanks!
Jo-Ellen – Thanks. Hoping you signed up for updates on the home page, because that will guarantee we do what you as, which is update you when there is good news to be shared. Best, Ted Leavitt
I’ve gotta tell you,it’s like an old friend went missing, best wishes ,and speedy deliverance.
Bob – A nice metaphor. Thx, Ted
RYKRISP should do it.
I love RYKRISP and hadn’t been able to find any. I hope this problem is resolved soon so we can enjoy your product once again. Please keep us posted.
Thanks. This is where the updates will be. All the best, Ted
I will gladly pre order a bunch if they ever become available again. I would potentially buy stock in the company if I could and that were to help speed to process. Words are nice, but its all about the money at the end of day. Nothing compares to the Seasoned RYKRISP and Ive tried everything I can find in the stores and online.
Thanks for the show of faith. We haven’t gone the “crowdfunding route” because LLCs are limited to 100 shareholders. But we’re at the point of having to pursue a legal outcome as the alternatives aren’t more attractive or feasible as yet. Best, Ted
who ever writes these updates are horrible at it. too wordy just let us know when can we buy some.
PS-Love your updates-they are not too long in my opinion and make us feel as if we were all part of the family. Keep up the hard work. I for one would pre-order if that is the route you take.
Thx! Will keep you posted. Ted
again, I love your replies..
I have a craving for RyKrispy crackers. My mother ate them when I was a child overy 60 years ago. I developed a love for these tasty crackers too. I’ve been looking for them at Winco and Fred Meyer’s in Vancouver, Washington, but I can’t find them. Can you help me?
If I had known there was a problem (now that I have read others’ comments), I would have stocked up too. I missed the memo.
Funny…we didn’t write that memo…to stock up. Apologies 🙂 But if you’ve signed up for updates, we’ll get back to you when something breaks. Washington is a great market for the product. Ted
Yes your product is special and one of a kind. I have missed it. Hope you will be able to make it again at the same quality.
It was the quality coming out of our contract manufacturer that caused us to say we had to move elsewhere and led to the snafu at present. Only the best for our customers 🙂 Thanks for being a fan. Ted
Will you be able to email us when the crackers start rolling? The flavor and texture is like no other!
Irene, It’s easiest if you’ve signed up for updates (on the home page). Any issues with that, let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Thx! Ted
Is the litigation taking place in Chicago..? You mentioned Cook County. I live in cook county. Need any help..?
Molasses in winter moves more quickly than the Cook County legal process. We’re doing our best to move things forward, but every action than leads to a 1-2 month delay until the response. It is enervating to say the least. Thanks for the offer, though. Maybe Rahm Emanuel could help but the rest of us have issues with speed 🙂 Ted
Was wondering where all those delicious RyKrisp crackers were. Didn’t know it had been THAT LONG since I had purchased some! Okay, I’ll ‘hold on’ and hope it doesn’t take too long before we see them back on the grocery shelves. Will send you lots of positive thoughts and energy and hope a financial windfall comes your way. That might create a little easier path to follow … and hurry things up.
Lee – great comments. Sounds like a plan. On the case. Thx, Ted
Thank you for your update! Wishing you the very best and a quick resolution to this legal nightmare!
Thanks for maintaining interest. Much appreciated. Ted
What can “WE” (The Suffering RyKrisp-Ruffians) do, if anything, to help out? …
Our greatest wish would be that the Cook County courts speed up the process of resolving this. Our equipment was taken 10 months ago, and it’s back and forth in the courts. We don’t wish this process upon anyone, least of all our devotees. Thx! Ted
Who is the contact manufacture and what are their products? Maybe a boycott would bring some pressure.
John – We could only wish. The name is Distinctive Foods, LLC., and they are primarily a contract manufacturer. We’ll take the high road and hopefully win on the facts of the case. Despite the pain of waiting, that seems the right approach for us. The big surprise is the slow speed of the Cook County court system. Betting we’ll beat the next Ice Age, but not sure by how much…just kidding, but you get the idea. Ted
I have not been able to find RyKrisp crackers in my local stores for the last 10 years. I was a regular buyer of both the ‘original’ and the seasoned up until they disappeared. If they come back and I can find them I will be a customer again. I’ve tried other brands but they are not good enough to buy a second time. If you resolve your legal issues and go back into the business of making the best rye crackers please send me an e-mail. (Right after you hire better sales people than the previous management!)
Judy – Thanks. I would have made the same observation that ConAgra sort of forgot the brand…anything below “tens of millions” too small to bother on. Fortunately the trends are swinging back to smaller and more artisanal. Thx! Ted
Just wanted to add another voice. I have been eating your product all my life and I miss it terribly. It has always been one of the more healthy items in my diet. It is special. Please do not give up the good fight. I will order from you if you prevail, and pray that you do!
Such nice words. Thx. We’re on the case, still! Ted
Please keep me up dated as to when!
Will do. Thx, Ted
I am needing RYKRISP. It was always a special time to sit with grandma at the table with buttered RYKRISP to dunk in our early morning coffee. I didn’t realize what has been happening. My family has just wondered where all the RYKRISP has gone. We will support you in any way we can.
Thanks. Very nice sentiments. We are working hard on the legal front and sensing a bit of progress. Will keep you posted.
I really like, no REALLY, REALLY LOVE RYKRISP. – the flavor, texture, crunch, appearance, , etc . I’ve tried so many other crackers but none come even close. Everytime I go down the cracker aisle I look to see if they’re back. Hoping it won’t be much longer, for you and for me!
We don’t have the answer yet as to when we’re back, but we’re working hard. Comments like this are one of the reasons we do what we do. You are in good company loving a great product. Thx!
I love RYKRISP! I’m a Iowa Norwegian! I am 75 years old & have eaten RYKRISP since I was a little kid! I can still find it at our grocery stores in Clear Lake & Mason City, Iowa! I had no idea the company was shut down! I eat it every day with cheese, peanut butter or fish & with fruit! Please don’t take it away!
Keep the faith. Thanks for the words of support. Ted Leavitt