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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:26 PM

Twinkies fly off the shelf



A few miles away at the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet store in San Leandro, people lined up to buy Wonder bread, Twinkies and Ho Hos. They weren't hipsters stocking up on ironic souvenirs or trophies to hawk on eBay. Almost all said they were regular customers who depend on the discount store to help stretch their food dollars.

"As a single mom, it allowed me to feed my two children and to give them a treat once in a while," said Jennifer Greppi of Fremont, who works a children-card resource and referral coordinator. "The breads are half off store prices. This store meant a lot to me. I needed this break on my grocery bills. Saving $10 to $15 a month makes the difference between whther my kids get peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - or just jelly."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Hostess-workers-shoppers-in-East-Bay-worry-hope-4044923.php#ixzz2CR2HTGBc

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Reply Twinkies fly off the shelf (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
bunnies Nov 2012 #1
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #2
bunnies Nov 2012 #6
dsc Nov 2012 #18
bunnies Nov 2012 #22
dsc Nov 2012 #24
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #3
bunnies Nov 2012 #5
Warpy Nov 2012 #8
Renew Deal Nov 2012 #7
bunnies Nov 2012 #11
snooper2 Nov 2012 #14
bunnies Nov 2012 #17
niyad Nov 2012 #4
Hekate Nov 2012 #9
niyad Nov 2012 #19
HarveyDarkey Nov 2012 #31
niyad Nov 2012 #32
Hugin Nov 2012 #10
Incitatus Nov 2012 #12
Panasonic Nov 2012 #13
Hugin Nov 2012 #16
slackmaster Nov 2012 #15
dsc Nov 2012 #20
niyad Nov 2012 #21
MineralMan Nov 2012 #23
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #25
edbermac Nov 2012 #26
Hekate Nov 2012 #30
Sen. Walter Sobchak Nov 2012 #27
cherish44 Nov 2012 #28
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #29

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:34 PM

1. Theres plenty of other cheap crappy "food" to buy.

Jeez.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:35 PM

2. yeah, at the 99cent store - they have that old timey soft kinda bread for 99cents

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:40 PM

6. Um no.

At the grocery store. Do you really think there are no products in the same price range as twinkies? I spend 40+ hours a week in the grocery store as one of the many vendors and I am certain that there will still be comparable products available.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:52 PM

18. these people were at an outlet

and I can attest those prices are very hard to beat. The outlet by me closed and I travel a few miles out of my way to get outlet bread and goodies.

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Response to dsc (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:07 PM

22. understandable.

However I firmly believe that there are ways to get "treats" for the same or less money, though it may require firing up the old oven once in a while. While there are no outlets near me, the photos show the "cakes" are $.49. $.49 for TWO twinkies?

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Response to bunnies (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:59 PM

24. that might well be

49 cents for a box.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:35 PM

3. Look, I'm with the unions, but please don't pretend to know this woman's situation or location.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:39 PM

5. Her situation or location are irrelevant.

Theres STILL plenty of other cheap crappy food to buy.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:42 PM

8. The unions didn't do it

Management, or a series of parent company management, did this by using the company as a cash cow to leverage debt that the company simply lacked the ability to pay off. Now that it's served its purpose in fattening vultures, it will likely be sold for a song.

Twinkies are not going away.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:41 PM

7. Mocking poor people is classless

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:44 PM

11. How, exactly, am I mocking poor people?

Please do tell. And while youre at it, keep in mind that I make less than 25k a year.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:46 PM

14. not only poor people buy cheap crappy "food"

I used to live on cheap crappy food because I was spending all my money on the local bar LOL...

twinkies aren't very filling though...Now those frozen boxes of pre-cooked chicken at 7-11 and microwave dinners are another story

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:50 PM

17. Was just going to edit my post to add this point.

Thank you for doing it for me.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:37 PM

4. somewhere during the height of the cold war, I remember reading that twinkies, cockroaches

and carp were about the only things guaranteed to survive a nuclear blast.

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:43 PM

9. Stock up now! Twinkies have a shelf-life of "forever"!

I knew about cockroaches (I grew up in Hawai'i, which is cockroach heaven) -- but carp?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:53 PM

19. remember the old recipe for grilling carp? Oil plank, put carp on plank, cook over fire until done-

throw away carp, eat the plank.

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:12 AM

31. You forgot one

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:43 AM

32. WHAt is that??

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:43 PM

10. Okay, i can no longer resist!

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! SOMEBODY CALL WOODY!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:44 PM

12. They'll be back. Little Debbie may acquire the Twinkie brand.

There's still a demand for that junk.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:49 PM

16. I've had one on display in my office for 2 years now.

Interior of the package has some oil on it... Otherwise, still looks like the day I bought it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:47 PM

15. The brand is probably worth many millions of dollars

 

It will be sold, and Twinkies will be back.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:55 PM

20. for those mocking these people

they are at a bakery outlet store not a grocery store. The prices at the outlet are way, way cheaper. You can get the twinkies and ho hos for like a buck fifty for a box and the bread at like 50 cents a loaf. I miss my outlet store and will travel a few miles to go to them.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:58 PM

21. I don't know her situation, but I do know that most supermarkets have markdown sections,

and I tend to get my bread there, with success.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:24 PM

23. I went to the convenience store when I bought gas early this afternoon.

Inside, the Hostess snack shelves were almost empty. No Twinkies left. I don't eat that stuff very often, but I bought two packages of SuzyQs, a package of two chocolate cupcakes, and a package of orange cupcakes. Don't know why, but none of those will be available tomorrow. My wife and I will split all of them over the next week, and then won't have Hostess stuff any more. No tears, except for all those people who are losing their jobs.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:03 PM

25. As God is my witness, I thought Twinkies couldn't fly!



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:18 PM

26. "You can have my Twinkies when you pry them from my cold dead fingers!"

This message was approved by the NTA (National Twinkie Association)

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Response to edbermac (Reply #26)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:56 AM

30. Would that be your cold dead ladyfingers?

Couldn't resist.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:28 PM

27. Unless I was given one when I was very young...

I believe I can honestly say I have never eaten a twinkie. But I love the Hostess Fruit Pies.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:32 PM

28. Ok Twinking hoarding I can understand but Wonder Bread??

Bread does bad in under a week. My family almost never goes through a whole loaf of bread before it goes bad. So unless you're the Duggars or you run a day care or something, buying a shitload of bread makes no sense. Besides you can find the same damn thing as Wonder Bread anywhere and get it FRESH at cheaper prices than you can in the "just about to expire" Wonder Bread clearance shelf

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Response to cherish44 (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:40 AM

29. bread can be frozen

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