Twinkies and Ding Dongs Still Available, But Not For Long
Hostess Brands announced Friday that it is shutting down operations after 82 years of making Wonder Bread, Twinkies and other iconic snack foods.
It’s not too late to get a Twinkie or Ho-Ho in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant, but you might want to hurry.
Hostess Brands, makers of those and other iconic snacks, announced Friday that it filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to go out of business. The company failed to reach agreement with striking workers, and now plans to lay off all 18,500 employees and liquidate assets.
Walmart, Pick‘n Save and Piggly Wiggly all had Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho-Hos and Zingers on the shelves.
Ralph Malicki, owner of the Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue, said he still has a lot of Hostess brand products on the shelves.
"My thinking is, that they'll probably have to liquidate their product, but if no one is making them, I'm sure that someone will buy the brand and start making them under their own name," Malicki said.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the remaining Hostess inventory will likely be sold to a big-box store or discounter.
Vivian King spokesperson for Roundy's Supermarkets, which operates Pick'n Save grocery stores, said that while they do have Hostess brand products on their shelves they don't anticipate getting another order from the company and they've already seen sales spike.
“So far today we’ve sold more Twinkies today than in the last three days combined, and we’re not expecting any more deliveries from the company. So, the window is closing for people to buy them,” she said.