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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Twinkie Survives to Fight Another Day: Hostess and Union Agree to Mediation

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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Reports of the Twinkie's demise may have been greatly exaggerated: After Friday's announcement that Hostess Brands would close all its bakeries and distribution centers forever due to a devastating worker strike -- sending out waves of panic to the furthest reaches of the Internet and causing Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes, and other spongy snack cakes to disappear from shelves around the country and sell on the black market for thousands of dollars -- a federal judge has stepped in and ordered the company to go into mediation with its union before liquidating its assets.

See also:

- Hostess: Remembering Forgotten Products and How to Cope With The Loss in the Bay Area

- Better Start Stockpiling Those Twinkies: Hostess Announces Plans to Shut Down

- A World Without Twinkies: Hostess Worker Strike Could Lead to Company Liquidation

The judge stepped in this morning after Hostess moved to sell off its assets in bankruptcy court, claiming that the bakery union, which represents about 30 percent of Hostess workers, went on strike after rejecting the company's latest contract offer but never actually filed an official objection to it, reports our sister blog The Snitch. So Hostess and the union, which includes about 70 workers in Oakland, have both agreed to start talks again tomorrow. The groups will have 24 hours to come to an agreement.

Even if they do, it's still unclear whether all 33 Hostess bakeries will resume normal operations, or how quickly snack cakes will once again start flowing to Bay Area store shelves.

Meanwhile, if you weren't quick enough to hoard on Friday when all this madness started, you can still emotionally eat these local Hostess alternatives sniffed out by regular contributor Tamara Palmer.

We'll keep you posted on all further Twinkie developments.

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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