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An End to Twinkies: What Do You Think?

Hostess is going out of business, taking its popular baked goods and thousands of jobs with it. We want to hear your thoughts on the news, Tampa Bay!

Fans of Hostess Twinkies, Ho Ho’s and Ding Dongs are going to have to find new fixes before much longer. The Texas-based company has announced that it plans to call it quits.

The move comes on the heels of a national worker strike and may impact an estimated 18,500 jobs across America. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

“Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs,” a company press release stated, according to the Huffington Post.

On its website, Hostess has this to say: "We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets."

Hostess Twinkies have been an American mainstay for more than 80 years. The company is also responsible for the creation of Wonder Bread, Dolly Madison snacks and Sno Balls.

While the Huffington Post says the Twinkie brand will go up for sale, it remains unclear how much longer Hostess products will remain on grocery store shelves or how soon a buyer will step forward to bring the popular snack food back to the market.

What do you think about this news, Tampa Bay? What Hostess products will you miss the most? What do you think about the company’s stated reasons for closing? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Cullen A Williams November 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
If a company values their employees 99% of the time they will be profitable, union or non union i have done both
Dorine Houston November 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
For spamming inappropriately, guess who I will boycott until at least 2014!
Cullen A Williams November 24, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Let Flowers Foods that owns Nature's Own bread the number one selling bread in USA and TastyKake buy them and they will turn Hostess into a bigger landmark than it is already and make a profit doing, they are an American company not a mexican like Bimbo or Grupo Flowers has the most modern plants in the world and know how to bake a great loaf of Bread and snack cake, they had Keebler turning a profit after only owning them for 8 months and they had not turned a profit in yrs before Flowers bought them. " The Flowers Way" is their management style and slogan check out www.flowersfoods.com and watch the video of a modern plant I think that they just built in Bardstown KY
Sharon Short November 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I am sad for the jobs lost...BUT..I will NOT miss twinkies. I don't eat them anyway. With all of the current problems Anerica has now, Twinkies are low on the totum pole as far as I am concerned. LOL!
Cullen A Williams December 03, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I hate to see 18000 people lose their jobs but if a company is not updating their plants and making more healthier products in this economy they are going to be left behind and fast, I remember when IBC was the largest baking company in the USA, now its a Mexican company that is number 1 Flowers Foods is the number 2 company but they are the largest wholly owned USA baking company and the most modern, their plants are totally computerized and human hands never touch it until it has already been put in the breadtrays and stacked 17 for bread and 20 for buns and on the track built into the floor that moves it to the trailer it needs to be pulled off at and loaded on to be shipped out to other plants or warehouses, most warehouse gets their product and it still hot I know I unloaded many of them, I gave them 24 years until I was injured on the job and yes I am taken care of today by workers comp but I would gladly settle with WC and return to work in a position I could do as an account rep or something I greatly enjoyed working for them as a unionized route salesman, distributor for 6 years and yes I made a nice profit when I sold my distributorship and went back to work as an employee for Flowers and I spent the next 12 years as district manager, Sales manager, Operation manager and I worked many many 24/7 weeks and months and one 7 years period I went working without a vacation and never used a sick day until the day I got hurt then I went on light duty for a week then retired

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