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  • Last Of The Twinkies

    11/17/2015 5:32:46 PM PST · by mountn man · 68 replies
    me | today | me
    Eating the last Twinkie.
  • Pink Coconut Marshmallow Cakes

    05/25/2015 12:40:08 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 133 replies
    Date: Now | Author: Me
    You know those pink coconut marshmallow cakes you find on convenience store shelves...? If you get too many of them together in close proximity, critical mass is reached and an explosion ensues. The explosion creates tens of new pink coconut marshmallow cakes per cake found on the shelf. This, in turn, causes another explosion, which occurs a few hours, when the cakes heat up again. This is known by Military EOD specialists and government teams dedicated to controlling these outbreaks, as a Pink Coconut Marshmallow Cake Event (PCMCE). In the effort to make these dangerous snacks more acceptable, Hostess renamed...
  • Twinkie's Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast

    04/23/2015 3:18:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/15 | Steven Bertoni
    With ingenuity, capital and creative chemistry, billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos and Apollo Global’s Andy Jhawar rescued Hostess Brands–and set themselves up to feast on a $2 billion gain. Walk in the door of Hostess Brands’ flagship bakery in Emporia, Kansas and your first thought is: What a dump. The former front office for the bakery that pumps out classic American treats like golden Twinkies and swirl-topped Cup Cakes is a series of dank, near-empty rooms with scuffed, oatmeal-color linoleum floors, water-stained ceiling panels and a jumble of mismatched office furniture that looks like it was picked up off the curb....
  • Illinois a terrible hostess: Twinkies leave the state

    08/23/2014 11:53:00 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 68 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | August 22, 2014 | Austin Berg
    Hostess Brands LLC announced on Aug. 20 that the Illinois bakery where Twinkies were first invented will close this fall. More than 400 workers will be affected by the shuttering of the company’s Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isn’t surprising. In 2012, Hostess closed three bakeries nationwide after a massive union strike, high labor costs and increased competition turned up the heat on the baked-goods company. It’s hard to believe that some variation of these factors didn’t cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the company’s workers in Schiller Park voted to unionize in...
  • Boeing machinists reject “best and final” labor deal for 777X

    12/13/2013 6:15:23 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Almost exactly one month ago we looked at the hissy fit being thrown by the machinists union at Boeing and how they appeared to be forcing the biggest employer in their area to look to Right to Work states when they start building the new 777X. (This led to Seattle’s newest elected socialist calling for armed revolt.) Apparently somebody at the union office didn’t get the memo that Boeing was serious, because when their employer came back with an even more generous offer, they turned up their noses again.
  • Wonder bread returning to shelves

    09/23/2013 11:58:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2013 3:17 PM EDT
    Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves. Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, said the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday. The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature’s Own bread, snapped up five bread brands after Hostess went out of business late last year. The $355 million deal included Butternut, Home Pride and Merita, which are all returning to shelves along with Wonder. … Flowers said Wonder bread is being made at that company’s existing plants. The 20 Hostess plants the company acquired as part of the deal...
  • Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers

    07/13/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 130 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 7/12/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    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 company’s 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...
  • Hostess says Twinkies will return to shelves July 15 with wider distribution

    06/23/2013 10:19:22 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 74 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 23, 2013 | CANDICE CHOI , AP Food Industry Writer
    NEW YORK — Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster return next month for Twinkies and other sugary treats, such as CupCakes and Donettes. The company says the cakes will taste the...
  • New Hostess owners walk back anti-union comments

    04/30/2013 4:10:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/30/2013 | Sean Higgins
    The newly-revived Hostess snack cake company created a stir late last week when it indicated it wouldn’t be allowing any unions. As the Wall Street Journal reported:  Chief Executive C. Dean Metropoulos (of Metropoulos & Co, one of the two companies reviving the brand) said the company will pump $60 million in capital investments into the plants between now and September and aims to hire at least 1,500 workers. But they won’t be represented by unions, including the one whose nationwide strike sparked the 86-year-old company’s decision to shut down in November.“We do not expect to be involved in the union...
  • Twinkie The Kid Fires A Shot Across Obama’s Bow

    04/29/2013 9:01:07 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 24 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 04/29/13 | Shout Btis
    Today's fun story is the return of Twinkies, due in stores this summer. Less fun for Pres. Obama's labor agenda is that Hostess's new owner is not hiring union labor to bake and deliver its products. Because the former Hostess liquidated in bankruptcy several months ago, no labor contracts exist between Hostess and powerful unions such as the Teamsters. The steady decline of private sector unions is nothing new, but the Hostess restructuring is a test case for unions and Obama's ability to repay them for their support. Pres. Obama's latest nemesis –Twinkie The Kid Obama is a union man,...
  • BCTGM 'Extremely Disappointed' by Reports Hostess Brands Buyer Will Not Hire Union Members

    04/27/2013 2:25:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 99 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 4/26/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) issued a statement today, responding to the sale of the iconic Twinkies brand.  In response to Metropoulos & Co. CEO C. Dean Metropoulos' statement to The Wall Street Journal that the company will not hire union workers when reopening four former Hostess Brands bakeries, BCTGM International President David B. Durkee issued the following statement on behalf of all BCTGM members:The BCTGM is pleased to see that Hostess Brands LLC, the newly formed snack cake company created by Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co, has announced that it will be reopening four Hostess...
  • New Twinkie Maker Shuns Union Labor

    04/26/2013 10:23:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 66 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | April 24, 2013 | RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    The company that bought the Twinkie, HoHo and Ding Dong brands out of bankruptcy is gearing up to reopen plants and hire workers, but it won't be using union labor. Hostess Brands new incarnation of the baking company that liquidated in Chapter 11—is reopening four bakeries in the next eight to 10 weeks, aiming to get Twinkie-deprived consumers the classic snack cake starting in July. Chief Executive C. Dean Metropoulos said the company will pump $60 million in capital investments into the plants between now and September and aims to hire at least 1,500 workers. But they won't be represented...
  • Hostess Reopening Plants, Without Union Workers

    04/26/2013 5:55:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/26/2013
    The bankrupt assets of Hostess Brands, Inc., the company responsible for Twinkies, Ho Ho's, Sno Balls and Ding Dongs, are being put back to work by a buyout firm. What's not being put back to work are the former Hostess unionized employees. The unionized workers had been on strike when the company folded late last year. The company had imposed a contract that would cut its 19,000 workers' wages — 15,000 of whom belonged to the workers from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) — by 8 percent. (The Teamsters was Hostess' largest union, followed...
  • Twinkies' future could be union-free

    04/25/2013 2:09:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4/25/13 | Jose Pagliery
    The new owners of Hostess are starting up production again. But there's no mention of labor unions. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs was involved in a crippling labor dispute last year, ultimately leading to the company shutting down and selling its assets. Roughly 15,000 of 18,500 employees lost their jobs.
  • Judge OKs Hostess's Twinkies, Ding Dongs sale

    03/19/2013 2:47:53 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 19, 2013 | Tom Hals
    Reuters) - Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread may soon be back in stores after a bankruptcy court judge on Tuesday approved sales of several iconic brands that had been owned by the failed Hostess Brands Inc. Buyout firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co teamed up for Hostess's snack cake brands, paying $410 million for Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Donnettes. Flowers Food Inc, which makes Tastykakes snacks, picked up most of Hostess's bread business, including its Wonder and Nature's Pride brands for $360 million. The No. 2 U.S. baking company also bought 20 bakeries and other...
  • Little Debbie Maker to Buy Drake's Brand From Hostess For $27.5 Million

    03/14/2013 5:50:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    FOX ^ | FOX/Dow Jones Newswires
    Hostess Brands Inc. on Thursday named McKee Foods Corp. the winning bidder for its Drake's brand of coffee cakes and other treats, as no other bidder topped McKee's $27.5 million offer. Hostess said a planned Friday auction for Drake's, which makes Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs and its namesake Drake's coffee cake, will be canceled. Hostess will ask a bankruptcy judge to approve the transaction at an April 9 hearing. McKee, the maker of Little Debbie snack cakes, in January was named the lead bidder for Drake's. The company will get Drake's brands and equipment if the judge approves the...
  • Hostess Brands Selects Winning Bidder for Majority of Snack Cake Business, Twinkies®

    03/13/2013 6:30:23 AM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Hostess Brands.Info ^ | March 12, 2013 | Hostess Brands Info
    Hostess Brands Selects Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. as Winning Bidder for Majority of Snack Cake Business, Including Twinkies® Agreement Includes Both Hostess® and Dolly Madison® Brands Company to Seek Court Approval of Sale on March 19 KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 12, 2013 - Hostess Brands Inc. ("Hostess Brands" or "the Company") announced that the stalking horse bid submitted by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) (collectively with its subsidiaries "Apollo") and Metropoulos & Co. ("Metropoulos") for the majority of the Company's snack cake business, which includes both Hostess® and Dolly Madison® branded products, will be...
  • Twinkies due on shelves as $410 million bid OK'd

    03/12/2013 12:50:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 03-12-2013 | Staff
    The winning bid is a joint venture by private equity firms Apollo Global Management (APO) and Metropoulos & Co. A statement from Dean Metropoulos, founder of one of the firms, confirmed they are the winning bidder. "Our family is thrilled to have the opportunity to reestablish these iconic brands with new creative marketing ideas and renewed sales efforts and investment," said Metropoulos. "We look forward to having America's favorite snacks back on the shelf by this summer. We are also ecstatic to bring jobs back to many cities across the country." The bankruptcy court had been set to have an...
  • After Bankrupting Hostess, Union Workers Rake In The Federal Dough

    02/24/2013 3:07:38 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Labor: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, union bakers have been rewarded by the White House with Trade Adjustment Assistance. It's all the foreigners' fault. Politics: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, the White House has decided to reward the union bakers with Trade Adjustment Assistence, blaming foreigners. What a sweet deal. ... the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International (BCTGM). It refused to deal, taking the entire company, including fellow workers, down with it. Turns out the union...
  • Hostess Brands confirms investment firms' $410 million offer is lead bid for Twinkies...

    02/01/2013 1:33:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | 30 Jan 2013 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Hostess has picked a lead bidder for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt Irving company said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers. A judge would have to approve any final sale. After years...