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.