I just wanted to send a quick update out to our backers who haven't received their rewards yet. It's been a tough year with this changeover to the new process and, as I mentioned, we'd been having a very difficult time finding an employee to help; I was barely holding things together on my own. The tough part with manufacturing a product like this versus just outsourcing production is that unanticipated delays pile up and there's not much to be done about it, sometimes. I would like to apologize for not doing the best job of keeping all of you updated, because it seemed to make more sense to spend the time trying to make chocolate. I'm doing my best to be here every day from 6:30a-7:30p, to try to keep things moving.
Anyway, just a few weeks ago we found an employee, so we are back on track and hit the ground running with production--doing almost a batch per week! We are finally meeting the production goals I'd hoped for in September. If we are able to keep things going at this rate, we'll be on a path toward sustainability soon. I've got the Balao B1 bars that haven't already shipped out to backers sitting here on the shelf and plenty of new product to ship to all of you, but we don't have the money quite yet to ship, so it's sitting here until some checks from wholesale orders start coming in again. In the meantime, we've been packing everything up and sending packages out as we can. With any luck, we'll all of the rewards out by the end of next month, though I'm pushing hard for sooner.
This month is turning out to be a bit overwhelming, because Viva (the other half of Rogue) is due with our first child on the 14th of this month! We're excited to start training her in as soon as possible, but she'll likely be a slow learner at first.
I want to thank you all again for bearing with us and for your support in making this change possible, however slow it's been. Thank you.
Best wishes and Happy Valentines Day!
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