Skip to comments.Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers
Posted on 07/13/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT by mdittmar
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President David B. Durkee issued the following statement in response to the impending re-entry by Hostess Brands, LLC, into the snack cake market:
This coming week, Hostess Brands, LLC, is expected to re-enter the wholesale snack cake market. Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain. Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the companys bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.
The BCTGM has consistently stated our interest in working cooperatively and productively with the new owners of this company. We have always maintained that the experience, skill and professionalism of our members offer the new owners, who have no experience in the wholesale snack cake business, the best chance for long-term success in consistently putting out a quality product.
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The proof will be in the puddin’.
Dear Mr. Durkee (Union President) -
They are building twinkies and ho-ho’s, not the space shuttle. Get over yourself.
Union Bakers complainin’? ROTFLMAO!
Nonsense, Durkee, they saw what your union did to the last owners.
This is satire, right?
Consider the source. Sour grapes from the union lackeys, methinks. If they’re good, people will buy them.
“Professional bakers” lol
“Stand in front of this machine and turn the switch to the ‘on’ position when the vat is filled with batter...... And don’t forget that every four hours you get a 30 minute mandated break.”
....”professional bakers” ..... lol
Well actually, the professional bakers were putting out stale tasting cupcakes for hostess for the last 20 years. I think they lost control of their quality, possibly through the use of contract bakers.
I’m thinking if they do it themselves they can control quality.
They killed the company once...yet their thirst for revenge remains unquenched.
And the union work rules that required that two different products made in the same factory going to the same store must be delivered by two different union drivers driving two different trucks helped quality, efficiency and sustainability exactly HOW???
I bought a box of Twinkies at the supermarket this morning. They taste so much better now without the union stain.
Someone help me out here: of those three qualities, which was "involved" in the decision to blow-off Hostess when it told them, we will cease operations?
I believe they sell toy ovens that produce actual baked goods for 7 year-olds. As a former professional baker, 90% of the work can be taught to the uninitiated in about a week. Get over yourself.
Because you know, and employee who cannot be fired produces better product than one who can . . . .
Much of the operation could be automated. They would only need just enough bakers to ensure quality ingredients. The rest of the process could be handled by people who can punch buttons at the proper time.
It definitely could be done at much less than what it was costing them.
I love the taste of non-union baked Twinkies. Yum.
Too bad, so sad.
Only a union hack would imagine that this made any sense.
In order to support pResident 0bungle’s immigration reform goals they have decided to hire only illegal aliens. There are no pressing reasons to pander to unions at this point in time.
OMG...non union snack cakes....how will we survive?
More high-paying manufacturing jobs outsourced by the ebil globalist bankers.
And one master baker.
Everything a union touches, turns to crap.
They'll be good.
After all, they have three of the four basic good groups (sugar, salt, fat and caffeine).
The new Hostess cakes company will face some competition on their snack cakes as other companies have come into the market with snack cakes very similar to the old Hostess products. Some consumers have tried the replacements and found them very tasty.
This union thug and his fellow thugs are the ones who put Hostess out
of business. Why would the new owners want to be out out of business
as well. As a wise freeper just posted, It ain’t rocket science.
We might even see lower Twinkie prices without the cost of the
expensive labor thug.
Not to belittled hard working Bakers but:
Put in the amount of pre packed shortening,proper weight of flour, sugar, etc. mix ingredients for specified time, load into automatic machinery. At end of baking cycle watch as product moves to cooling area then packaging machinery. At this point “skilled” workers manually box product that is then finish packed in automatic machinery and palletized. Finally “skilled” employees move pallets into warehouse.
"You got to be a in a union to get paid for loafing.." Abbott & Costello, or their writers, were ahead of the their time.
I'm sure you meant food groups. But in fact there are 5 basic food groups: Your 4 plus Snickers.
I tend to think that, when billions of Twinkies are produced each year, it would take more than one master baker.
But I do agree that it won’t take as many as they have had, especially when they get dine all the efficiency audits.
Thank you for the correction. I meant food groups.
Dammit, don’t you know that a union worker is your GUARANTEE OF QUALITY, and that ONLY union workers can provide a quality jjob, and if you hire nonunion workers, your products will instantly kill people and your factories will burn to the ground!!
Durkee was responsible for possibly thousands losing their jobs. He’s a loser who deserves to lose his.......
Not defending unions but the hostess drivers were all teamsters and that was the big labor cost. IIRC the union bakers were only making $15/hr. The hostess truck drivers about 100,000 / yr.
How about this for the five basic food groups: sugar, salt, fat, chocolate and caffeine?
Since all their goodies tasted like they had been produced by robots in a chemistry lab why should anyone care whether the new company hires “professional bakers”?
Flame away twinkie lovers.
LOL. Yes they taste much better
This is a union of thugs. I’ve had dealings with these pigs before.
However, I wonder if the Keebler Elves are in a union.
I always thought you would go blind in you master bake.
What the hell,I thought each Raspberry Filled Donut was made by a “professional,experienced baker”!
One master baker for the cream filling?
Well AFL-CIO, the market will tell soon enough whether it takes a union employees to make Twinkies. Although you may dislike it, the final arbiter is always the consumer.
i just had one it was nice and moist
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