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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #720 on: November 17, 2012, 09:26:04 AM »
People do realize that some other company is going to buy their equipement and make equivelant products, right? Hell, with Twinkies being such an iconic brand name, I would imagine some other company like Little Debbie buying the rights to it. So we will still have Twinkies! Stop panicking over your shitty overprocessed baked goods, people!

As I said previously, I do think Twinkies will continue on in some form.  I do not think the same is true for the less popular items.

I do think there is a good chance that Little Debbie will buy Twinkies.  If that does happen Twinkies will be gone forever because, believe it or not, Little Debbie is even crappier and more over processed than Hostess.  Hostess still had bakers.  I bet Little Debbie has nothing but chemical engineers.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #721 on: November 17, 2012, 09:36:48 AM »
But without panic how will I be able to sell them on eBay so I can afford a castle with a moat and sharks?
Right! Those freakin' laser beams aren't cheap, you know.



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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #722 on: November 17, 2012, 09:48:49 AM »
I can vision how a baker is actually used at these places....


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #723 on: November 17, 2012, 11:17:43 AM »
This could get interesting.. :o
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Walmart walkout: Workers mount Black Friday job action

Published November 16, 2012


Walmart employees began walking off the job this week in advance of Black Friday, when three-union backed groups expect thousands of protests nationwide.

In October, a strike at a Walmart in Los Angeles spread to stores in 12 other cities, with local and national leaders holding protests at more than 200 stores for better pay, fairer schedules and more affordable health care. Since that time, workers have since walked off the job in Dallas and Richmond, Calif., and other upcoming strikes and protests are expected at stores in Chicago, Miami, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.

Charlene Fletcher, who works with her husband William at a Walmart in Duarte, Calif., became enraged when she learned that both were scheduled to work on Thanksgiving, missing the holiday with their children, ages 2 and 5.

“It’s heartbreaking to miss the holiday with them, and it’s just one more way that Walmart is showing its disregard for our families,” Fletcher said in a statement. “But when our co-workers speak out about problems like these, Walmart turns their schedules upside down, cuts their hours and even fires people. We’re going on strike for an end to Walmart’s attempts to silence its workers.”

Three groups — Making Change at Walmart, OUR Walmart and watchdog group Corporate Action Network — are now calling on the nation’s largest employer to end what they claim are retaliatory tactics against employees who seek out better working conditions.

In a statement to FoxNews.com, Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman characterized the movement as "another exaggerated publicity campaign aimed at generating headlines to mislead" customers and employees.

"We have a great group of associates at Walmart," the statement read. "We’ll have more than one million associates working throughout the holiday weekend and they’re excited about our Black Friday plans this year. This is the Super Bowl for retailers and we’re ready.

"We’ve been working on our Black Friday plans for almost a year now and we’re prepared to have a great event. Our associates care about providing a great customer experience on Black Friday and we’re confident that’s what customers will have at Walmart this year."

Protests were held Thursday at Walmart stores in Eastvale and in Mira Loma, where six people were arrested for blocking traffic, KTLA reports.

Many customers, however, told KTLA they weren’t so convinced by the workers’ plans.

"If you come into a workplace knowing that's an agreement you might have to make, then that's your choice to have that job," shopper Rae Luce told the station.



I'm working on Thanksgiving and Black Friday at Walmart, but during my regular 1st-shift schedule. I purposely made my availability only during those hours when I switched shifts so they couldn't fuck with me. That said, I'd like to transfer to the Neighborhood Market that's a walking distance from my house, but every person that's tried to transfer out of our store ends up denied and getting punished by switching them to overnight or some other cunt move (our store manager is female . . . and a clueless bitch).



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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #724 on: November 18, 2012, 09:18:31 AM »
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Will Twinkies prove a sweet deal for Mexican billionaire?

Published November 18, 2012


It’s a golden opportunity.

Hostess Brands is going out of business and it’s possible the company’s most iconic sugary confection – Twinkies -- could be bought by a Mexican business.

Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest bread-baking firm, could be on the short list for acquiring some of the Texas-based Hostess’ foodstuffs, according to Forbes. Grupo Bimbo already owns parts of Sara Lee, Entenmann’s and Thomas English Muffins.

Others firms that could be in the running include ConAgra and Flowers Food, the American company behind Nature Valley granola, as well as McKee Foods, baker of Little Debbie snack cakes, the Christian Science Monitor reports. 

Pepperidge Farm, a division of Campbell Soup Co., is also considered a prospective buyer, analysts told Fox Business.

The Monitor reports Bimbo has already been present around the bankruptcy proceedings that have haunted Hostess for a decade, in a bid to further expand its North American portfolio and pad its $4 billion net worth.

According to Forbes, Bimbo put in a low-ball bid of $580 million a few years ago. But Hostess may turn out to be a steal with a reported worth of $135 million today.

The Hostess brands “most likely will be purchased by a competitor that will bolt the additional sales to a more efficient delivery system,” David Pauker, a food industry restructuring specialist, tells Reuters. “The company itself won't survive.”

Daniel Servitje Montull runs Grupo Bimbo along with his family. Under his leadership, which began in 1997, Daniel Servitje positioned the company for rapid growth. This included a battle with Mexico’s tortilla king and bringing white bread to Latin American markets, according to Forbes.

Today Bimbo, which reportedly competes with U.S. companies like Kellogg, Hershey and General Mills, is a $10 billion sales business with $200 million cash on its balance sheet, according to Forbes.

That’s a lot of Twinkies.




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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #725 on: November 18, 2012, 09:38:29 AM »
I keep forgetting that Grupo Bimbo is a serious and successful business.  I guess because I'm used to seeing their products in stores in the poorer neighborhoods and at dollar stores, I tend to think of their stuff as poor man's junk food.  Maybe that's a little elitist, but I can't help it.

Also, their silly name doesn't help.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #726 on: November 18, 2012, 09:46:15 AM »

Also, their silly name doesn't help.
Yeah Bimbo products are Hugely popular in Mexico..
That would be awesome to see Twinkies being sold in Mexico one day :o


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #728 on: December 02, 2012, 02:35:10 PM »
Every time I see a bake sale, I immediately think of a quote from The Simpsons.  Principal Skinner is doing the morning announcements and he announces that "The car wash to raise money for the bake sale has been cancelled due to confusion."


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #729 on: December 02, 2012, 04:32:02 PM »
So I just came back from the supermarket.  Where Hostess has left, a competitor has leaped into its place.  There were all the Hostess classics: Cupcakes, Twinkies, and Snowballs--but under different names by a different company.  It felt like stepping into a parallel universe.  I wish I'd had a camera.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #730 on: December 03, 2012, 03:43:01 PM »
Blue Bird Bakeries has filled the gulf left behind by Hostess.  Just had some of their Snowballs, which taste and look exactly like the Hostess version.

They don't have Twinkies.  They have Bingles.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #731 on: December 03, 2012, 03:48:22 PM »
What? Really?  Where do you live?


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #732 on: December 03, 2012, 04:40:36 PM »
What? Really?  Where do you live?
Northern Delaware.  I can ship you some if you want.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #733 on: December 04, 2012, 07:35:58 AM »
Thanks for the offer.  Let's see what happens.  If I get desperate enough, I may take you up on it. :)


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #734 on: December 04, 2012, 07:39:10 AM »
I am guessing these are fake foods just to smuggle drugs across the US........I am fine with that.