At first I felt sorry for the 18,500 workers who were laid off. Then I read where the reason the company closed was because of the outrageous demands the workers were making.

I imagine most of the jobs were unskilled labor. Many of the people had to be pulling a crank or switching a switch. Probably someone had to check the boxes and the packaging. But no one was actually drawing the little squiggles on the frosting.

I’m sure their office staff was busy and they had to have salesmen out in the field. However, how hard is it to ‘sell’ a Hostess order to a market chain?

The company couldn’t have had a huge profit margin to play with. But how much can you mark up an item that retails for less than $5. and has to cost nearly that to produce and ship. Even by truck, there is the cost of drivers and gasoline.

I have looked up recipes for homemade Twinkies on the internet and the cost of ingredients for one batch is well over $5. And it doesn’t have to be delivered anywhere, there is zero profit, and no markup at the retail end.

I think this blog will be short and sweet:

You may have heard that Hostess Bakery plants shut down due to a workers’
strike. But you may not have heard how It was split up. The State Department
hired all the Twinkies, the Secret Service hired all the HoHos, the generals
are sleeping with the Cupcakes and the voters sent all the Ding Dongs to
Congress.

P.S. In today’s paper there was an article that said that Hostess has over 100 parties that are interested in buying the brand. I’m sure someone will revive the company and our next generation will continue to enjoy Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos.

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