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Twinkie May Be Saved as Hostess Fails

DETROIT (AP) — Twinkie lovers, relax. The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court. Hostess Brands Inc., baker of Wonder Bread as well as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, will be in a New York bankruptcy courtroom today to start the process of selling itself. The company, weighed down by debt, management turmoil, rising labor costs and the changing tastes of America, decided on Friday that it no longer could make it through a conventional Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Instead, it’s asking the court for permission to sell assets and go out of business. But with high brand recognition and $2.5 billion in annual revenue, other companies are interested in bidding for at least pieces of Hostess. Still not much is being said about the more than 18,500 jobs that are expected to be lost. Earlier in June as the company filed for bankruptcy it notified its employees of possible layoffs. Its said 135 workers in Idaho would face unemployment. According to the earlier notice up to nineteen people at the Twin Falls branch could be let go. Heyburn could see five people let go. A visit to the Twin Falls store on Friday showed bear shelves as products were quickly snatched up.

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