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Hostess Brands Moves to Wind Down Operations, Sell Assets

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. dpeters11

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  2. Chris Blount

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    The day before the shutdown I scooped up a bunch of Twinkies, Chocolate Cupcakes, Zingers and Donettes. No, we are not selling them on Ebay. We are eating them. I expect to gain major poundage over the next week or two on top of Thanksgiving.
     
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    Great free advertising.

    If they reach a settlement, I predict a new snack cake, a Twinkie with a raspberry filling, will hit the market within 90 days. It will be called Back Up.
     
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    It must be working, we were at the local Kroger yesterday and there was a LOT of empty space in the bread aisle. I don't buy snacks like Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, etc. but I think this space was previously occupied by Wonder and Butternut bread and buns along with Hostess doughnuts.
     
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    The Judge wants them to talk some more. IMHO the only way the Bakers Union will agree to the company proposal is because of pressure from the Teamsters Union that has already agreed to company demands. More Teamsters jobs are involved here.
     
  8. Laxguy

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    Oh, boy! Good plan, but I bet, dollars to HO-HO's that they'll be back in time for some major holiday, at a store near you..... Baked in Mexico with ingredients from Central America! A true international confection!
     
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    Please be sure to write an in-depth post about the flavor and quality, so we can document and archive it for future generations for them to know waht a "Twinkie" is. If not, a video would do, then wait a couple of years and sell the video to The History Channel :lol:
     
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    Great idea!

    Especially valuable are any Twinkies that look like Jay Leno. Those may be worth a small fortune, or a large fortune, such as private college education....
     
  11. dpeters11

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    The owner of Pabst is also interested in buying them if it comes to that.
     
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    I'm happy if any company buys them out...so long as the union members are not retained.
     
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    Does anyone actually know how twinkies were made in, say, 1970, as compared to today? And if it worked in 1970, and if twinkies really tasted better then, why couldn't it work today? Or has the recipe ever been changed?
     
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    I believe the current recipe uses high fructose corn syrup, which it wouldn't have in 1970. I don't know when they switched to it, but could have been early 80s around the time Coke and Pepsi switched.

    Supposedly, the early twinkie's only had a shelf life of a few days. They also have said that they tweak the recipe regularly to account for changes in weather when baking.
     
  15. AntAltMike

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    Did you or anyone you know stop eating Twinkies because the taste seemed to have changed?

    Low end bakery products are largely seen as commodities. There is no longer a significant enough premium to be attained by heavily advertising them as a branded product.

    I can't or won't dump on one union versus another because we don't know if the baker's union took a bigger hit than the Teamster's Union did last time around. This strike is just a strike to determine how the inevitable can best be forestalled. The six management teams that failed to turn things around in the last eight years in spite pf reorganization and wage concessions couldn't all have been stupid.
     
  16. Lord Vader

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    Yes--me. I never ate these in large quantities, but I did eat them much more regularly than I do today. I don't recall the precise date, but I noticed that their taste changed--dramatically. Once that happened, I no longer desired them.

    They used to be soft, creamy, tasty, with a great texture and all. Since then, they've become hard, not as creamy, and not nearly as sweet. They're "Blah" at best.
     
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    This description that you give I pretty much agree with. But I can't put my finger on exactly when the change occurred. Or it may have occurred gradually over a period of time. This may be why Twinkies are no longer selling like they used to. But I would really hate to see Twinkies go away.
     
  18. dpeters11

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    Some things I think are because our tastes change, some things (that don't really change like certain vegetables) I used to hate and now like. Some of it could be preparation or storage method (still hate canned yams), but also our palates change.

    I think Twinkies have become an extreme example of Coke these days. While I still drink it, and don't mind it, when I go for the Mexican variety, I appreciate it more.
     
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    I eat far fewer sweets of all types than I used to, and never had much of a sweet tooth to begin with. So I probably have eaten less than a dozen Twinkies in my life, and none in the past 20 or 30 years. I really couldn't care less if Hostess continues or not. But blaming their demise on the union qua labor union just does not compute.
     

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