Let’s be clear up front: For better or worse, Twinkies aren’t going anywhere. (You may make your own jokes about their longevity at this point.)

Hostess Brands — the company that makes Twinkies and Ho-Hos and Drake’s and Wonder Bread and all of the other archetypical Americana that we love to hate and love to eat — is going out of business and selling off its assets. All of the brands I just listed will exist again, and soon, but under different management — and apparently with an entirely different workforce.

Earlier this year, the company announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. As Business Insider noted at the time, much of the debt the company held was owed to the unions that represent the company’s workers in the form of outstanding healthcare and pension obligations. When Hostess moved to enact wage and benefit cuts among its workforce, the workers struck.


From Reuters:

Hostess said a national strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that began last week had crippled its ability to produce and deliver products at several facilities.