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It’s Hard Out There For a Twinkie: OG Twinkie Factory Shutting Down

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Hostess fans nationwide were offered snack food salvation after their beloved Twinkies returned to store shelves last summer. Though your favorite junk food sweets are safe, their birthplace is not.

Thanks to the slew of impostors and copy cats that flooded the market in Hostess’ eight month absence, the original Twinkie factory is shutting its doors for good. The Schiller Park, IL based plant gave birth to the Twinkie back in the 1930’s and closed up shop in 2012 during Hostess’ bankruptcy. The plant reopened in 2013 but even “the sweetest comeback in the history of ever” couldn’t save this OG Twinkie factory.

With Hostess fighting to stay “highly efficient and technologically advanced to compete” coupled with the fact that demand for Hostess goodies is down, the plant that employs nearly 400 workers will officially close up in October.

H/T Consumerist

By Ashley Khawsy

Ashley believes in breakfast for dinner, sushi burritos, and the fact that there's always room for dessert. She moonlights as a pastry chef baking up sweet treats for her business, Smashbakes.

5 replies on “It’s Hard Out There For a Twinkie: OG Twinkie Factory Shutting Down”

Well they filed bankruptcy in 2012 because of loss of sales. But from what I’m reading, they only had a 2% drop in sales (blaming it on the fact that customers are eating healthier foods) compared to the previous year. Granted, 2% is fairly large when it comes to a product that normally sells 38 million packages per year. But I’m wondering if they had just given up on the fact that sales would eventually increase, assuming no one wants to eat that crap anymore, therefore selling out.

But the crap got even worse when they brought it back. They were reduced in size, going from 150 calories per package to 135. Doubt it’s a difference most people will even notice. But the shelf life has been extended to 45 days from 26.

That alone is enough to shy me away from buying them.

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