Today's Date: March 31, 2016
Dear Little Soya client, chef, consumer, lover of LS and all fans of our beloved soy sauce,
We have closed our business.
We do not have any Little Soya inventory here in the US - and we have no plans for continuing our soy sauce brand. It is with a very heavy heart we must announce the following: As of March 31, 2016, we have officially closed our company.
I know this is not the news you were expecting nor hoping to hear, and we didn't either. We tried, we did our best, we grew into 20 markets across the US, including Canada, Panama and Norway. However, even with our massive growth we were not able to continue our operations.
I want to take this moment to extend a personal and very sincere thanks to you for taking the time, effort and support to stand behind us for all these years. This was the single most difficult and agonizing decision that I've ever had to make over my 26 year business career. We tried every possible and conceivable option to avoid having to close our business, but in the end, it was the final and last resort.
I cannot express how deeply sorry I am to have to report this news to you. My team of Bill, Mike, Claudia, Crystal, Jason, HP and many others that have worked for us simply want to say how appreciative we are of your long time support.
I started Little Soya in 2008 with our very first client being Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. A couple years later my dear mother, Dolores, suggested to me, "Hey, if Las Vegas likes your soy sauce so much, maybe other restaurants will like it too?" At first I didn't think it would work but after about 300 hours of R&D, I determined this could work and that we could compete against the largest and oldest multi-billion dollar soy sauce brands in the world. And, we did it! We grew into a massive operation being sold to over 1000 restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, universities, corporate kitchens and many others in all 4 corners of the USA, even being used by our U.S. astronauts on the International Space Station! Wow, that was a fun and awesome new client to land. In the end we were were distributed by all of the largest food distributors in the US, including Sysco, US Foods, Chefs Warehouse, Ben E Keith, BiRite, Shetakis, Nicholas and Company, Italco Food Products, C&M Distributors, Louisiana Foods and many, many others.
Hate to say it, but All Good Things Must Come To An End. That's where we are. At...
Sincere thanks to all of our investors, advisory board members, clients, chefs, distributors, consumer clients and everyone else who continually and constantly supported us.
And with Massive Love, Sincere Appreciation and Extreme Gratitude,
Gary T. Murphy (Founder, President & CEO) and our Entire Little Soya Team of Bill, Mike, Claudia, Crystal, Jason, HP, Niki, Dolores Duran, our CEO's Mom, Dolores M., Lil M and MANY, MANY others!