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Nov 23, 2012

Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close Down, Sell Brands


By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. November 21, 2012 (AP)

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations.

A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed Tuesday night and Judge Robert Drain on Wednesday approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.

Hostess lawyers told Drain that they needed to begin the liquidation process quickly to take advantage of a surge in outside interest in its brands, which in addition to its namesake include Nature's Pride, Dolly Madison and Drake's.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, also wanted to quickly shut down because it...

Nov 16, 2012

End of an era for Twinkies?

Hostess Twinkies shutdown

A Hostess Twinkies sign is shown at the plant in Ogden, Utah. Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, announced Friday Nov. 16, 2012 it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. (AP / Rick Bowmer)

 

The Associated Press 
Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 7:48AM EST 
Last Updated Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 10:49AM EST

Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other...

Nov 15, 2012

Harper Government Helps Gluten-Free Bakery Deliver New Product Line


EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- Innovations in gluten-free food products will bring new choices for consumers and new opportunities for farmers. The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Centre, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment in Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. (Kinnikinnick) to help them meet growing consumer demand for the next generation of gluten-free products.

"The Harper Government 's top priority remains the economy, and Canada's agriculture industry plays an important role in creating jobs and keeping our economy strong," said MP Hawn. "This project will give farmers a new market for their eggs and flax and other key baking ingredients and help Kinnikinnick promote their innovative new products...

Nov 13, 2012

 

The aroma of freshly-baked bread has more than just the power to make your mouth water. According to a new study, it can also make you a kinder person.

According to the Daily Mail, researchers at the University of Southern Brittany in France found that shoppers were more likely to alert a random passerby that they had dropped a belonging if, at the time, they were also passing a bakery giving off the sweet scent of baking bread.

The findings, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, suggest that certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which leads to a greater degree of altruism in strangers.

While other studies have connected pleasant smells to better moods in the past, the new study sought to make a concrete tie between aromas and good deeds.

The researchers recruited eight young men and women to volunteer to stand outside either a bakery or a clothing boutique, reports Zee News India.

The...

Nov 13, 2012

For nearly a decade, the biggest buzz in packaging has been the move toward sustainability, or “green” packaging. Driven by retailer requirements, public perception, economic pressures (petroleum, in particular), and government policies, sustainability impacts every aspect of a package—from the source of its raw materials to its end of life—and as such has proven to be an incredibly complex issue.

 
Begin with the fundamentals
 
But over the years of debate and discovery, we have learned some core truths about the topic. First, there is no such thing today as a completely sustainable package. Instead, sustainability is a journey. The goal is to make incremental improvements over time in the sustainability of a package to reduce its overall environmental impact.
 
Second, in sustainability terms, packaging materials—including glass, plastic, paper, and aluminum—cannot be classified as good or...