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Death of the Ding-Dong, Twinkie, Wonder Bread: Hostess to Close

Reports are that Hostess is starting to close down after a labor dispute. End of a beloved era, or good riddance to junk food heaven?

Twinkies. Hostess Cupcakes. Wonder Bread. Ding-dongs.

They will be gone forever, with reports that Hostess Brands, Inc., said Friday that it will sell off or close down its 82-year old business. Done in, the CEO claims, by labor union action.

Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.

The company has been challenged by not only by snarly labor relations, and a national strike by its second-largest labor union, but also, posits the Wall Street Journal, by consumers switching to healthier foods and high ingredient costs. 

One caveat: The Journal says that Hostess has threatened liquidation before, and not followed through.

The move puts 18,500 workers out of their jobs, CNN reports.

What do you think about this end to a junk-food kingdom? Will you buy some Ding-dongs and Twinkies just for old times' sake? Stock up on them for the future? Watch the beginning of the movie 'Wall-E' for the Twinkie-and-cockroach scene one more time? Is it the end of a beloved era? Or is it 'good riddance,' that the world would be better off without so much junk food? Or do you think someone else will buy them up, and we'll have an unending supply of Twinkies? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Mari December 01, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Correction not clueless employees knew what they stood to lose. Do you want them to work for minimum wage. What is wrong with good pay for a hard days work for the people that are not college material. Bread is a staple to heck with the twinkie debacle that is a cover-up story. They were an abused Union. When will you people get it in your heads. Wonder lied to the employees that had all ready given many concessions and like are current administration the Company did not follow through! They took the Money and ran. Sound familiar does the name Solyndra ring a bell?
Mari December 01, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Bread is a staple you are allowing yourself to be caught up in the ding-dong debacle. Snap out of it while you are eating your celery.
Mari December 01, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Shut up, do you work for minimum wage? Get a life and I hope someday you lose what you worked so hard for. You may just change your tune. Oh that is right the anointed one will give you a check for being crazy.
Mari December 01, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Bread is a staple!
Mari December 01, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Oh shut up, people choose because we still have a right to eat whatever we want. I eat a din-dong once a year. So what are you the food police. You people better get it in you head straight that we are in charge of food not the government cronies wife preaching what to eat. Self responsibility. BREAD IS A STAPLE!

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