Oregonians Scoop Up Twinkies As Hostess Ends Era

OPB | Nov. 16, 2012 9:57 p.m. | Portland

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The announcement that Hostess Brand Inc. will go out of business has Oregonians buying up Twinkies and Ho Ho’s.

The Hostess store in Northeast Portland, sold out of Twinkies first thing Friday morning.

Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB

Hospital receptionist Georgia Wood was disappointed. She hardly ever shops for Wonder Bread or Ding Dongs, she says. But she dropped by for posterity’s sake.

“Growing up, my Grandpa used to treat us with Hostess products. And the market moves on, capitalism moves on, but more than anything it’s just nostalgia. Just I remember them from my childhood and so a little bit sad to see them go,” she said.

The Texas-based company says it will lay off 18,500 workers. It says a labor strike by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union crippled the company.

In a statement earlier this week, union president Frank Hurt said Hostess is making a mockery of the labor relations system.

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