Hostess http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Twinkies Sale To Pabst Beer Owner Approved By Judge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/twinkies-sale-pabst-beer-owner-approved-judge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The process that started with strikes and Hostess bakery shutdowns (</span><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hostess-closing-st-louis-facility-two-others-following-strike" style="line-height: 1.5;">including one in St. Louis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">) has made another step forward.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of </span>Twinkies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a pair of investment firms.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:14:02 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 10334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Twinkies Sale To Pabst Beer Owner Approved By Judge 'Twinkie Panic' Over? New Brand Owner Says Cakes Coming Back http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/twinkie-panic-over-new-brand-owner-says-cakes-coming-back <p><em>Updated 2:26 p.m.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its </span>Twinkies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other snack cakes to two investment firms after no other competitive offers were made.</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:03:05 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 10128 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Twinkie Panic' Over? New Brand Owner Says Cakes Coming Back Hostess Nearing Sale Of Wonder Bread http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hostess-nearing-sale-wonder-bread <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wonder Bread is one step closer to getting a new owner.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because the auction process is private says there will be no competing offers Thursday to a bid by Flowers Foods to buy several bread brands from Hostess.</span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:28:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 9705 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hostess Nearing Sale Of Wonder Bread Twinkies And PBR Together? A Deal May Be Near http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/twinkies-and-pbr-together-deal-may-be-near <p>The announcement from Hostess that it would be<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hostess-closing-st-louis-facility-two-others-following-strike"> shutting down three of its bakeries</a> (St. Louis, Seattle and Cincinnati) and then, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-more-twinkies-hostess-brands-shutting-down">shutting down as a company entirely</a>, evoked a "<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-grocers-we-expect-be-out-twinkies-within-24-hours">Twinkie panic.</a>"</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:09:27 +0000 Kelsey Proud 8803 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Twinkies And PBR Together? A Deal May Be Near Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/booches-famous-burgers-seek-new-buns-after-hostess-plant-closes Twinkie hoarders, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/11/16/165272623/twinkies-hostess-brand-may-die-but-the-iconic-snack-cakes-never-will">artists</a>, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hostess-wins-judges-final-approval-to-wind-down-twinkie-maker/2012/11/30/b98148f0-3aae-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html">shutting down</a> plants across America just a few weeks ago. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:57:42 +0000 Scott Pham 6941 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes Hostess Ordered Back Into Mediation With Union http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hostess-ordered-back-mediation-union <p>A bankruptcy judge in New York has ordered Hostess Brands Incorporated back into mediation with its second-largest union, meaning for the time being the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread will not shut down.</p><p>The company had begun the process of liquidating its assets following a Nov. 9 strike by its bakers' union.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Hostess plant in St. Louis employed 360 people before it was closed last week.</p><p>Dave Douglas has worked for the company for 28 years and says he can’t afford to give up any more in wage and benefits to keep the job.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:24:15 +0000 Adam Allington 6608 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hostess Ordered Back Into Mediation With Union Missouri Grocers: 'We Expect To Be Out Of Twinkies Within 24 Hours' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-grocers-we-expect-be-out-twinkies-within-24-hours <p>Grocery&nbsp;stores across Missouri are running out of Twinkies and other Hostess products, following<a href="http://hostessbrands.com/Closing.aspx"> today’s announcement </a>that the company is going out of business.</p><p>Shoppers had already been snapping up Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other Hostess-made snacks prior to the announcement that the company was closing.&nbsp; Lori Willis is spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Schnucks grocery chain.&nbsp; She says they expect to completely run out of Hostess snack products by Saturday.</p><p>“As a retailer, this is the very last thing you want to hear, that you’re not going to be able to meet the needs of your customers, so we’re working very hard with a lot of other suppliers to make sure that we can fill in where we can," Willis said.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:31:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6532 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Grocers: 'We Expect To Be Out Of Twinkies Within 24 Hours' Twinkies' Hostess Brand May Die, But The Iconic Snack Cakes Never Will http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/twinkies-hostess-brand-may-die-iconic-snack-cakes-never-will The Hostess brand, home of the Twinkie, Sno Ball, Ding Dong, and those fun cupcakes with the swirly lines on top and filling in the middle, is shutting down, as our colleagues over at The Two-Way blog <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/16/165260808/no-more-twinkies-hostess-brands-is-shutting-down">report</a>. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:58:19 +0000 6508 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Twinkies' Hostess Brand May Die, But The Iconic Snack Cakes Never Will No More Twinkies? Hostess Brands Is Shutting Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-more-twinkies-hostess-brands-shutting-down Carrying through on its warning about what could happen, the management of Hostess Brands announced this morning that the company is going out of business and laying off its 18,500 employees.<p>At issue: <a href="http://www.hostessbrands.com/media/hostessnews/12-11-14/Hostess_to_Liquidate_if_Strikes_Impede_Normal_Operations_Past_5_p_m_EST_Thursday-2552385023.aspx" target="_blank">According to Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn</a>, "we simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike."<p>So, Twinkie fans, now might be the time to stock up. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:17:32 +0000 Mark Memmott 6493 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No More Twinkies? Hostess Brands Is Shutting Down Hostess Closing St. Louis Facility, Two Others, Following Strike http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hostess-closing-st-louis-facility-two-others-following-strike <p>Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union.</p><p>The Texas-based maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs says the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products.</p><p>Hostess warned earlier this month that the strike, by about 30 percent of its workforce, could lead to bakery closures. It said Monday that it will close bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati that collectively employ 627 workers. The company has about 18,300 employees.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:43:36 +0000 The Associated Press 6353 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hostess Closing St. Louis Facility, Two Others, Following Strike