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Farewell Hostess Maker if iconic brands such as Twinkie, Ho Hos, Wonder Bread

#31 User is offline   Rori 

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:44 PM

Looks like a lot of the brands are going up for sale (breads and snacks). Maybe we will see them again soon? :thumbup:

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In addition to dozens of baking and distribution facilities around the country, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Hostess®, Drakes® and Dolly Madison®, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Ho’s®, Sno Balls® and Donettes®. Bread brands to be sold include Wonder®, Nature’s Pride ®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Butternut®, and Beefsteak®, among others.
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I didn't realize that Hostess owned so many brands...

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

i'm just gonna say it: little debbie's sucks.
their cupcakes taste like poverty.

i need baller-snack cakes to satisfy my 4am cravings.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

Why are people making runs on stores and buying crap at insane prices. Hostess Brands trademarks and recipes are valued at 135 million dollars, the company is worth crap but when the trademarks and recipes go up for auction someone will buy them. This is the biggest trademark to go up for auction General Mills, Kellogg, Nabisco and every other snack cake producer is salivating.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Couldn't find Zingers anywhere. I found every other one... Hohos, Twinkies etc. But the pink zingers were all gone! =(

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:23 PM

View PostKeiichi-chan, on 17 November 2012 - 07:09 PM, said:

i'm just gonna say it: little debbie's sucks.
their cupcakes taste like poverty.

i need baller-snack cakes to satisfy my 4am cravings.

Hmmm. Maybe that's why I love little debbie so much. being poor and all.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:57 PM

I just can't feel upset over a snack cakes company going out of business. It is unfortunate for those losing theirs jobs though.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:43 AM

I feel terrible about all those jobs lost. I read the entire article and over 18,000? That is a HUGE number D=

My mother is dead set on making me sell some boxes of the stuff online. Not that I'm opposed to it, but everyone else is hopping on the bandwagon of selling for overzealous prices. Personally? Being a fan of 'snacky-cakes' from Hostess? All I want is a ho-ho and a lemon zinger for myself. Sad to see one of my zombie apocalypse stops going down.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:16 PM

This is especially bad as those are near 18.5k jobs lost in the Dallas area, where I live.

However, before blaming the unions perhaps you should look at how earlier this year the executives gave themselves (up to a) 300% raises, while filling for Chapter 11, the second time iirc in 10 years. The brand has also been managed by two hedge funds, who will certainly still walk away with a lot of money in the end while all those workers lose everything. :(
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

I'm gluten intolerant and don't/can't eat junk food.

NOW YOU CAN SUFFER LIKE ME.

Those poor workers tho... :\
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

I kinda want to go buy some hostess stuff to sell on ebay since people obviously don't know how businesses work. lol
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

Hmm, any chances those nameplates are sold to a company...in china?

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

I remember eating these every once in a while as a kid. We didn't really have them around since most food in the house was filipino. That and my parents didn't really keep junk food around. The Hostess section at my Jewel was gutted. Someone for sure will buy the trademarks up.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

I got a call at work today from someone who just got laid off because of this whole mess. He was basically in tears. I felt so bad for him. He had worked there 20+ years and they laid him off in less then a day. He didn't even get to finish his shift.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

good news that i heard was that Bimbo put a bid in for twinkies and i think wonderbread
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:48 PM

View PostTiamat97, on 19 November 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

good news that i heard was that Bimbo put a bid in for twinkies and i think wonderbread


Is that the one with the bear mascot? Ugh, I hate their current bread.

I'd prefer it if Aunt Millie's got it but I think it will have to be someone with a nationwide network.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Looks like Hostess might survive:

http://news.yahoo.co...29--sector.html
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:03 PM

View Postrondo, on 19 November 2012 - 01:48 PM, said:

Is that the one with the bear mascot? Ugh, I hate their current bread.

I'd prefer it if Aunt Millie's got it but I think it will have to be someone with a nationwide network.

yeah the bear mascot that tells you how to pronounce the name
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

The twinkie will be back. I always loved my twinkies with a glass of milk.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

The talks broke down so the liquidation will continue. Now to see who buys them up and the spat over the likely non-unionized workers they will try to hire.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

Well, at least it wasn't for lack of trying on the judge's part.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:24 PM

Kinda said when people will literally throw their own jobs away like that though.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:00 AM

Cute. Hostess execs get 1.75mil im bonuses. Yeah...unions are so evil. :/
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

Except a court stopped them from doing that.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:28 AM

View PostDark Stranger, on 30 November 2012 - 01:13 PM, said:

Except a court stopped them from doing that.


Nope. It's tbe courts that allowed it.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:32 AM

Really? I'm pretty sure they put a stop to that.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

Nope, not as of yesterday
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

Yeah, the bonuses are going to happen to keep execs in place to sell off the remaining assets (and probably themselves) to other interests.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

While that does sound like a huge D-bag move (and it most likely is), who can say the execs will ever be able to work again. Now granted I don't know anything about any of the execs from any companies, but it seems to me if you're a some bigshot in a company and it goes ka-put, what would be the odds of another company giving you that same postion in their company? It's not like you have a great track record of success. Where as blue collar pepole can always get work in another company. So they proabably have to live off this the rest of their lives. Maybe, not saying it's true by any means. Just a thought that popped into my head.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:42 AM

The current CEO is the 6th one that they have had in 8 years and they all basically brought in completely new management teams. All of them have asked employees to help reduce costs and the employees went along with it for 5 of the management teams. All of the efforts to save the company have come in the form of cutting costs, when in a ten year period your sales plummet from $3.53 billion to $2.34 billion no amount of cost trimming will save a company. When they entered bankruptcy in 2004 the company had $420mil in debt when they exited in 2009 the debt load went up to $640mil, which was 2/3 of the companies total worth. Regardless of what they did the numbers would never add up, in order for a Twinkie stay on the shelf at the current price and pay off the debt the workforce would need to work for free. The equity firms that own the company wanted out I'm sure they knew that the Union would never agree to give up all of the 2 billion dollar pension liability that the company owes them.
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