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See ya, Twinkies

ap_twinkie_070426_mnSo this time it’s for realz.

Hostess Brands first got us to imagine a world without Twinkies in January, when it filed for bankruptcy protection.

This time the company is liquidating, which I’m sorry to report does not involve a new form of chuggable Twinkie, but rather thousands of lost jobs.

Will you miss Hostess snack cakes? Or do you think, as I do, that snack cakes are no longer the beloved treats they once were.

I’m going to have to cross batter-fried Twinkies off my cooking project bucket list.

On the other hand, if any local bartender wants to invent a cocktail called the Liquidated Twinkie…

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

56 comments Add your comment

joe

November 16th, 2012
12:55 pm

Don’t eat them…packed full of lard, fat and preservatives. Funny, Twinkies reportedly can survive a nuclear war, but can’t survive their unions…

chest fevery

November 16th, 2012
1:02 pm

There hasn’t been a good Twinkie since 1962.

donkey200

November 16th, 2012
1:29 pm

that’s what the unions get and deserve.

Jimmy H

November 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

Great victory for the labor unions…..not willing to work with management to restructure resulting in everyone at Hostess losing their jobs…….too bad the President couldn’t step in and use taxpayer money to save the Twinkee industry!

punk

November 16th, 2012
2:04 pm

Remember as a kid touring the Wonder Bread bakery in Richmond, Va and getting those mini loaves of bread as a sample. To die for. Thanks unions. The animals are running the zoo.

Josh

November 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

I hope everyone realizes that the company will be quickly purchased and that Twinkies will not be going anywhere.

Kramer

November 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

Josh, you may be right but the new owner will not allow the unions to drive the bus. They will either negotiate in kind or they will close the plants and open under non-union workers. Hope that happens.

Sorry, Josh...

November 16th, 2012
2:43 pm

…but the company WILL NOT be quickly purchased, as it can’t since they are doing a legal thing called “liquidating”. Now, the different BRANDS (Twinkie, Wonder Bread, Ho-Ho’s, etc) may be sold to the highest bidder as part of the LIQUIDATION, but the company as a whole will no longer exist.

Please go back and review Business Law 101…

Josh

November 16th, 2012
3:12 pm

Yes, the intellectual property that is needed to continue to produce Twinkies and other products will be quickly sold and purchased. The new producers of Twinkies will not be called Hostess — you are correct. My main point that Twinkies are not going to become a thing of the past still stands.

Anton Chigurh

November 16th, 2012
3:45 pm

Twinkies are terrible.

Grasshopper

November 16th, 2012
3:46 pm

“My main point that Twinkies are not going to become a thing of the past still stands.”

Only the dumb, mob-led union workers will be a thing of the past.

Old timer

November 16th, 2012
3:53 pm

Found anew one for the season…Twinkie pumpkin delight……just might have to make it.

Old timer

November 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

And several companies were ruined by unions…EasternAirlines for one.

Theresa

November 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

Good riddance! I think they’re nasty.

SAWB

November 16th, 2012
4:56 pm

The sad thing is many of the long term employees apparently wanted to accept the concessions and try to save the company and their jobs. However, the Union and many of the newer employees decided to strike. It seems many were planning to leave anyway, so forcing the company to close made it easier for them to receive unemployment and other Government support.

Na

November 16th, 2012
5:07 pm

The company was having problems with overhead/ expenses, The new Obamacare was going to finish them off if the Obama backed unions did not. You can chalk this closing and the loss of all these jobs to the election of Obama and his new socialist style government

Steve

November 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

The new Twinkies could very well be called Hostess Twinkies. The Hostess name is an asset to be sod like everything else.

COrey

November 16th, 2012
5:32 pm

Glad those union people will be without jobs.

sansho1

November 16th, 2012
5:43 pm

Ya’ll save some venom for management, why don’t you:

“BCTGM members are well aware that as the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy earlier this year, the then CEO of Hostess was awarded a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) and at least nine other top executives of the company received massive pay raises. One such executive received a pay increase from $500,000 to $900,000 and another received one taking his salary from $375,000 to $656,256.”

Cash in, dip out, blame the union. Looks like the head honchos knew where the company was headed well before negotiations with workers were even attempted, and got while the getting was good.

COrey

November 16th, 2012
5:47 pm

So what. Why be in business if you can’t make a profit. Glad the union people will be without jobs.

Judge Smails

November 16th, 2012
5:59 pm

Unions have long since served their usefullness. Now they are just a hangout for the lazy, slow-moving class.

Yes…That means you! You know who you are!

sansho1

November 16th, 2012
6:48 pm

That’s not profit, that’s compensation. Do you understand the difference? Compensation is what the labor negotiations were about — an 8% pay cut and a 30% cut in benefits, AFTER management awarded themselves gargantuan pay raises while preparing to file for bankruptcy.

twinkhole

November 16th, 2012
8:03 pm

Who eats twinkies anyway.Woody harrelson?

wayne

November 17th, 2012
12:15 am

john,

reading in between the lines it sounds like you are upset that the hostess employees lost their jobs. Do you think that there is anyone else to blame but themselves for losing their jobs? By the tone of your article you are getting political so go ahead and answer my question.

Beck

November 17th, 2012
8:15 am

So it’s okay for the execs to “cash out” and turn a “profit” or have “compensation”…

…but the employees who work for them can’t earn decent wages, or have a union to represent them in this pursuit?

sansho1

November 17th, 2012
8:23 am

Give it up, Beck. They understand nothing beyond whose side they’re on.

Edward

November 17th, 2012
10:31 am

“Hostess management had already claimed that the strike would be responsible for the closings of specific plants—when it had already planned to close plants even if the workers accepted the cuts and stayed at work. BCTGM President Frank Hurt says the workers understood who they were dealing with:

Our members know that the plans all along of the Wall Street investors currently in control of this company did not include the operation of Hostess Brands any longer than it takes to sell the company in whole—or in part—in a way that will maximize the profits of these vulture capitalists regardless of the impact on the workforce.
Workers were being asked to accept cuts, but top executives had gotten massive raises as Hostess was about to enter bankruptcy. Investments in the company’s future that had been promised as part of restructuring after the previous bankruptcy were never made. And as for the management, put in place by the private equity companies that now own Hostess, Hurt says:

Unfortunately however, for the past eight years management of the company has been in the hands of Wall Street investors, “restructuring experts”, third-tier managers from other non-baking food companies and currently a “liquidation specialist”. Six CEO’s in eight years, none of whom with any bread and cake baking industry experience, was the prescription for failure.”

Grasshopper

November 17th, 2012
10:42 am

The Bakery Union is run by the Teamsters, the most corrupt, mob-controlled, union organization ever to exist. Quit pretending the Union is pure as the driven snow and understand whose side YOU are on.

Art

November 17th, 2012
11:04 am

Don’t eat Twinkies so much but still liked Wonder Bread. As to the business side of this, I think this is just a portent of things to come. More and more are getting in the wagon while fewer and fewer are pulling it and now they want those of us who are pulling, to pull harder.

butch

November 17th, 2012
12:06 pm

i was in plumbers union ( politics & greed )

Edward

November 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

Grasshopper: trying to place all the blame on the unions is disingenuous, as well. There is enough blame to go around, but the glaring “in your face” action was done by the management. It was clear they were going to liquidate regardless of any concessions from the unions. This is a prime example of greed replacing what used to be good American values.

Ned Ludd

November 17th, 2012
12:45 pm

News Flash—It ain’t just about Unions and Twinkies people! It’s also about zingers, raspberry zingers,yodels,susy-q’s.ho-ho’s,ding dongs and Hostess Fruit pies—That’s right! no more fruit pies folks! Where we gonna get’em? Anybody else worried about Twinkie The Kid? –He ain’t exactly a spring sponge cake–gonna be real tough to get a job. Maybe he can write a book–I’ll bet he has seen plenty, you know, working that close to Dolly Madison–(wink,wink)

AzCat

November 17th, 2012
7:47 pm

Ned, that was funny. :-)

Grasshopper

November 18th, 2012
7:50 am

“With Hostess brands’ corporate corpse not even cold yet due to the nationwide union strike, the AFL-CIO’s Trumka issued a statement on Friday blaming Wall Street for the company’s crash. The problem with Trumka’s lie-filled logic is that Wall Street didn’t call the strike and Trumka fails to address the fact that without Wall Street investors investing in Hostess, the company, would have likely died years ago.

Even more important, however, is the fact that, although they didn’t like it, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (with 6700 members’ jobs on the line) approved the same concessionary contract that Hostess was seeking of the bakers’ union.

Though Teamster bosses are now trying to blame Hostess for its demise, late last week, the Teamsters had called on the bakery union to allow its members to vote, even going so far as to chastise the bakery union’s actions. However, as much as he and his fellow union bosses try to spin and finger point the results of the union’s actions that destroyed the Ding Dongs, in a Friday statement, bakery union boss Frank Hurt admits that his union members knew that their strike could kill Hostess.

And, now, no matter how union bosses try to spin it, 18,000 Hostess workers–with their dignity, justice and respect intact–are now destined to stand with their hands out in the unemployment line.”

http://www.redstate.com/2012/11/17/as-union-bosses-spin-twinkies-demise-bakers-union-boss-admits-union-knew-hostess-would-die/

david c

November 18th, 2012
8:05 am

Just a quick note. During the restructuring and re-negotiating phase, Hostess management gave themselves 7.6 million dollars in bonuses for mismanaging the company.

yogo

November 18th, 2012
8:47 am

Jobless after 34 years delivering twinkies and wonder bread I can tell you first hand this was going to happend in the near future anyway, This was the hedge funds, who own us,A way to blame it on the unions. The bottom line is sales are way down and continue to decline

Edward

November 18th, 2012
9:11 am

LOL, quoting redstate.com? Yeah, that’s real objective (NOT!). Sorry dude, but FOLLOW THE MONEY. Look who made out like bandits, it wasn’t the unions or the workers, I’ll tell you that. FOLLOW THE MONEY.

Grasshopper

November 18th, 2012
9:45 am

And who were you quoting? Let’s check the objectivity of your sources.

Facts are facts, regardless of source.

Paddy

November 18th, 2012
10:02 am

BECK………the workers did have union representation, just not good representation. I feel sorry for the workers. They sure had a different take on the company closing 2days after it came true, than 2 days prior.

Franklin

November 18th, 2012
11:21 am

Regardless of whose fault it was (always the other person), Unions have no place in society any more. People are losing jobs left and right, and with Obama getting re-elected many owners have already started laying off, cutting hours, etc. So the union people lost their jobs. Look around, so many others have as well, and they didn’t get any union benefits to begin with.

Ramona Clef

November 18th, 2012
11:35 am

People’s tastes and eating habits have changed some over the last three generations. Might that be more of a problem than labor relations?

Edward

November 18th, 2012
12:57 pm

Open your damn eyes, follow the money! The management cashed out days before the bankruptcy, they were going to liquidate regardless of what the unions did. They increased their salaries HUNDREDS of percents while claiming there was no money for the workers or pensions. This is a prime example of vulture capitalists at work. And some of you people are too stupid to realize what is right in front of your nose, your screwed up definitions and allegiance to a ruling class have you completely bamboozled. It isn’t Obama wrecking your life, it is the people you are worshiping who suck every penny out of you then convince you it is someone else doing it. Holy S, y’all are dumb.

Edward

November 18th, 2012
12:58 pm

Oh, and grasshopper, you didn’t quote any facts, only supposition from redstate.com. I don’t expect anyone from your demographic to understand the difference between facts and bulls***, though.

atlmom

November 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

Perhaps the ‘best’ managers don’t take jobs working with unions. Perhaps the ‘best’ managers won’t work for companies that have unions – and well, then we see what happens.

It is not unusual for a company that is anticipating bankruptcy to give ‘new’ contracts to a select few – to force them to stay for a period of time. Seeing those numbers regarding ‘pay raises’ leads me to believe that that is what hostess was doing for a few select employees – so they don’t jump ship when they can leave (because, well, the best would be able to leave) – because they need some employees around to help out even if they are going to be liquidating.

Blow

November 18th, 2012
3:42 pm

Edward, Obama IS wrecking my life by making me pay more for his stupid Obamacare plus having me work fewer hours so my boss can afford to stay open and even keep me on the payroll. But nobody here is blaming Obama for this Twinkie mess. atlmom is right – the bog honchos would have got out while the gettin’ was good and left the company in an even bigger mess than they became. Shareholders voted on the raises. You say that the company was planning to liquidate before the unions striked. Maybe so – but the FACT is that the unions should have been dissolved years ago, the company should not have had to put up with union regulations for years, and the strike was just the straw that broke the camels back. Years of having to put up with unions and their stupid rules (having 3 people there to do the work of one person, where in non-union companies many are complaining of one employee having to do the work of 3 or 4 people, and surely don’t get union wages) is one of the reasons for the demise. People not eating so much junk food is another. But you CAN NOT just blame the managers and believe the unions are blameless.

Narwanna

November 18th, 2012
6:11 pm

The employees caused their own problem in the end. Ppl need jobs. Take the cuts take a step back and you could have kept your jobs. It sucks ppl need to grow up.

Edward

November 18th, 2012
6:30 pm

You people are so blind and dumb. You deserve to lose.

Ned Ludd

November 18th, 2012
7:22 pm

http://grouchymuffin.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/twinkie-the-kid.jpg

Wow-I thought they would just fire him—RIP Twinky, This world wasn’t meant for one as tastyful as you!

Clay

November 18th, 2012
8:00 pm

What is this world coming to nowadays?

We lose our beloved Twinkies forever, but we get another four years of Captain Teleprompter.

RIP, America.

Marsh

November 19th, 2012
9:04 am

I feel for you, Edward and sansho1. The stupid here is strong.

redstate.com has facts? HAHAHA. Hilarious.