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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:08 AM

Here is what is going to happen to Twinkies

Mexican company Bimbo may be eyeing Twinkies

By Adrian Carrasquillo, NBC Latino
Next week may be Black Friday but sweets lovers across the nation hung their heads in sorrow on a dark Friday yesterday as Hostess announced they would cease making their line of products, which include the iconic Twinkies brand, because of the Bakers Union Strike.

But now as the brand heads towards liquidating and selling off their assets, a Mexican company may be angling to resurrect the golden Twinkies.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, while food producers ConAgra and Flowers Food, the American company behind Nature Valley granola, have expressed interest along with Little Debbie baker McKee Foods, Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo may hold the inside track.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/17/15245611-mexican-company-bimbo-may-be-eyeing-twinkies?lite

And that is how they killed the union!

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Reply Here is what is going to happen to Twinkies (Original post)
liberal N proud Nov 2012 OP
KansDem Nov 2012 #1
ChisolmTrailDem Nov 2012 #12
KansDem Nov 2012 #16
htuttle Nov 2012 #2
reformist2 Nov 2012 #3
FarCenter Nov 2012 #5
doc03 Nov 2012 #7
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #11
FarCenter Nov 2012 #13
jberryhill Nov 2012 #14
leveymg Nov 2012 #4
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #6
doc03 Nov 2012 #8
thelordofhell Nov 2012 #9
Lizzie Poppet Nov 2012 #10
CheapShotArtist Nov 2012 #15
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #17
larocks4552s Nov 2012 #18

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:13 AM

1. So is this the narrative that CorpMedia is using?

...Hostess announced they would cease making their line of products, which include the iconic Twinkies brand, because of the Bakers Union Strike.

That a strike brought down Hostess?

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Response to KansDem (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:04 AM

12. The answer is yes. Every MSM outlet I've

seen talking about the Hostess thing has blamed the demise of Hostess on the workers, not the management, which included six CEOs in that past 10 years.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:06 PM

16. "...six CEOs in that past 10 years."

That speaks volumes about mis-management of the corporation. Too bad CorpMedia doesn't report this statistic.

So this is really about CEO incompetence and not about labor. Oh, and the fact that consumers are opting for healthier lifestyles...

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:38 AM

2. The union can still be used to save this situation for the workers, but it would be very hard

The union could still function as the organizing body of a bakery worker cooperative. They all know how to do their jobs (and could probably snag enough floor management that know how to make the logistics work), there is a bunch of bakery equipment coming up for liquidation sale prices, and there are suitable locations coming available right where the factories currently are. If they put their union's money and their own money together (all of them), they might just have enough to garner external support to buy up what they need to get started. They couldn't sell 'Twinkies', since the brand is being sold to someone else, but they could make similar stuff all they wanted (though hopefully, they would go back to putting banana creme inside...).

It sounds like a pipe dream, but it's not. Manufacturing cooperatives are harder to get started this way, due to the size of the capital investments needed, but there are a growing number of them.

Frankly, a little government investment (ie., some loan guarantees) could really help make this happen.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:42 AM

3. So they'll be made in Mexico by workers making $2 an hour?


It's the same old game: Close factories in US, blame unions, move factories to country with cheap labor, import product back to US, sell at same price, make profit!

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:52 AM

5. Grupo Bimbo has about 27,000 employees in the US at 75 plants

http://www.bimbobakeriesusa.com/

Their brands include Sara Lee, Arnolds, Entemmans, Thomases, etc.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:29 AM

7. The fact is no matter where they are made it will be by non-union

labor.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:04 AM

11. Which is exactly what they are doing!

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Response to doc03 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:16 AM

13. Actual "bakers" needed are probably minimal

The labor seems to be mostly in maintaining the complex digital and mechanical systems of automated baking and packaging lines.

The largest number of employees seem to be in the delivery route structure.

Union jobs in the private sector are down in the single digit percentages and are disappearing fast. Private sector unions are a thing of the past.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:05 PM

14. We should organize the Bimbos

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:45 AM

4. Corporate Message to America: Don't strike or we'll offshore your job and your snack cakes.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:27 AM

6. Translation ...

The Bimbo Group.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:46 AM

8. If you live in Ohio do you have Nickles Bakery products

in your area? They make some great snack cakes and pies in Navarre, Ohio they also have a bakery in Martins Ferry, Ohio where they make bread products. It is a privately owned company and the bakery in Martins Ferry is union, not sure about Navarre.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:36 AM

9. Bimbo offered to buy the pastry division during the last Hostess bankruptcy

But the corporate raiders weren't done stealing all the money from Hostess so they refused the offer.

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:00 AM

10. Bimbo already own Marinela...

...who have their own version of Twinkies, Submarinos. They have a strawberry creme filling version...which is pretty damned awesome. Bimbo might be a great choice to take over the brands, actually.

But yeah...it was the vulture capitalists who screwed Hostess...but the RW meme is that it was those darn unions again. *sigh*

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:15 PM

15. "Sweets lovers across the nation hung their heads in sorrow on a dark Friday yesterday".

Man this article was hella melodramatic about it. My God...people can still turn to Little Debbie's or bake a cake themselves if they need sweets that badly.

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Response to CheapShotArtist (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:12 PM

17. The hype over those adicted to junk food is the diversion

They are cover for the loss of more union workers.

I could give a shit about the overweight populace who will no longer have access to their Twinkies. We need to focus on how they are taking down the unions.

As they dismantle the unions, we will all pay the price with the loss of benifits and wages.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:15 PM

18. that stuff tasted like crap anyway

 

This is another reason not to buy any more of this junk

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