Twinkies, Ho Hos & Ding Dongs Are Dunzo! Hostess Says It’s Going Out Of Business!!!

Peace the Spork Out :(

This is very likely the saddest thing I’ve ever had to share with all y’all … it is very possible that tasty treats like Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Sno Balls and all other products made by Hostess will be dunzo — forever! Hostess has announced that they are going out of business! The company has been feuding with striking employees (over a various number of things, like salary and retirement) and as a result they maintain that they cannot continue to keep the business going. Folks, this is no joke … NO MORE TWINKIES … EVER! Why are we not rioting in the streets about this?!?

Hostess Brands Inc. says it’s going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks. The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell its brands if plants hadn’t resumed normal operations by a Thursday evening deadline. The deadline passed without a deal. The closing would mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs. “I don’t know if they thought that was a bluff,” CEO Gregory Rayburn said on CNBC Friday. He said the financial impact of the strike makes it “too late” to save the company even if workers have a change of heart. That’s because the clients such as retailers decide to stop carrying products when supplies aren’t adequate. Rayburn said he’s hopeful that the company will find buyers for its roster of about 30 brands, which include Ho Hos, Dolly Madison, Drake’s and Nature’s Pride snacks. The company books about $2.5 billion in sales a year. Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, said its stores will remain open for several days to sell remaining products. Operations at its 33 factories were suspended Friday. The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade. The move comes after thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting a contract offer that slashed wages and benefits in September. The bakers union represents about 30 percent of the company’s workforce … Hostess had said earlier this week that production at about a dozen of its plants were seriously affected by the strike. Although many workers decided to cross picket lines, the company said it wasn’t enough to keep operations at normal levels. Three plants were closed earlier this week … Hostess said the company is unprofitable under its current cost structure, in large part because of union wages and pension costs. Rayburn said in a statement on the company website that all employees will eventually lose their jobs, “some sooner than others” … Hostess, founded in 1930, was fighting battles beyond labor costs. Competition is increasing in the snack space and Americans are increasingly conscious about healthy eating.

Wow. This is serious business, y’all. When I first heard about this Hostess going out of business thing earlier this week, I honestly figured it was just a negotiating tactic and never once considered it was a real possibility. No more Twinkies … I can’t really wrap my head around this notion. Now, granted, it’s possible that another company will swoop in and buy Hostess and keep the brand alive but … damn, what if no company emerges? Don’t get me wrong, I realize that Hostess doesn’t make the healthiest products around but their products are an American institution (I can’t EVEN tell you how much I LURVED Hostess apple and cheery pies when I was a little kid). I don’t even know what I will do with myself if Twinkies cease to exist. I’m gonna take my ass to various stores today and stock up on boxes of Twinkies while I still can. Thankfully, the tiny baked cakes can be stored for decades so … at least there is some hope there.

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  1. Tallahassee from Zombieland is going to be SO upset.

  2. MJ

    Just when I was going to start the Twinkie diet?! NO!

  3. Joanna

    Ding Dongs and the cupcakes were my childhood no joke! This is the saddest food related piece of news I’ve ever heard. Someone needs to put up the money either to save Hostess as a company or to buy at the very least the Twinkie recipe so that the legend continues. Very sad day for snack cake lovers around the world.

  4. ‘Peace The Spork Out’ LMAO!!! OMG, this is crazy depressing…

  5. Kelsi

    Oh No! What will happen to the only food that will survive the zombie apocalypse?

  6. There’s no way..They can’t get rid of Hostess! I mean..No..No way..No way I’ll never eat another orange cupcake..Or another Chocodile..Someone will see the benefit of snatching up the company, right? RIGHT? Man..What a blow to my fellow fatasses..I had to go to the market today anyways..Looks like I’ll be stocking up on some unhealthy crap..And Hostess products too! Heyooo!

  7. I hate to be negative…but their snacks are really awful. What they call a “cupcake” doesn’t really taste like cake, just chemicals. If they made a better product, they wouldn’t be in the position they are in now. Nostalgia will only take you so far.

  8. Shannon m.

    “Thankfully, the tiny baked cakes can be stored for decades so … at least there is some hope there.”

    .. I dont really know the right word for this. Irony? .. Baked cakes stored for decades being something to be hopeful and thankful for lol gross.

  9. miguel

    Aww, sad day. Childhood thrown out the window.

    In HAPPIER news, Blackground Records is going to file for bankruptcy soon, as they no longer have any money or employees to keep their business going, and have lost their distribution deal with Interscope Records. YAY!!!

  10. Ella

    I am health conscious and understand what is food and what’s not food. I get that Twinkies are not food. I can eat a twinkie now and taste how gross it is, but like Trent said, Twinkies are part of my childhood! It’s just one of those things that we associate with innocence and carefree memories.

  11. Kiki1976

    If we ever needed another government bail out, now is the time.

  12. My local market’s Hostess section was seriously CLEANED OUT! I see riots in the future!

  13. shannon from MN

    Soon Twinkie Wiener sandwiches will only be found on the black market or at luxury gourmet restaurants.

  14. Sals

    ugh that stuff is garbage ! not real food….stuff like that should be taken off shelves anyway….

  15. You can still buy Twinkies and all the hostess products in Canada. C:

  16. Ama

    Some fast food places buy their buns from Hostess. So they now need to find somewhere else to buy from. Bet a lot of people will complain about that too(though I doubt they will complain as much as losing twinkies and the other ‘snacks’ hostess has)

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