Interstate Bakeries Corp., maker of Hostess Twinkies
and Wonder Bread, filed for bankruptcy last week after struggling with more than $1.3 billion in debt and high costs.
"Some of them have been very sizeable, which really has had an impact on the independent midsize baker, which is our member category," he adds, pointing out that Hostess Twinkies
, Dolly Madison Zingers, and Drake's coffee cakes are now all produced by Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate Bakeries Corp.
Department of Agriculture guidelines - even the Hostess Twinkies
On concessions: Barr writes in Ill Wind, "Anna often wondered how much money the hapless taxpayers had forked out in overtime so fully armed rangers could shoo mice out of the Hostess Twinkies
. With the monies concessions pulled in they could easily afford Pinkertons."
In one of the best-known examples, San Francisco killer Dan White blamed chronic overconsumption of Hostess Twinkies
for the loss of judgment that in 1978 led him to gun down the city's mayor, George Moscone, and City Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Necco eventually ended up in the hands of Round Hill Investments, which is owned by Dean Metropoulos, a billionaire investor famous for reviving brands like Hostess Twinkies
, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bumble Bee Tuna and Chef Boyardee.