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Hi EthylMercaptan,

Yes, auction(s) are planned and I doubt Twinkies will be gone forever.

In fact, I suspect that Flowers (FLO) jumped 10% today on speculation that they may acquire some of Hostess' assets at fire sale pricing. FLO bought Tastykake out of bankruptcy a short time ago and so the move would not be unprecedented. FLO has been growing via acquisitions for some time now and they are pretty good at it and don't seem to overpay.

Many of the Tastykake offerings are similar to Twinkies and other Hostess products, see pictures and listing here:

FLO might be more interested in Wonder Bread though. Or maybe some of the bakeries.

FLO is a solid, well run company and if they should be a successful bidder for some of Hostess's assets they'll be around for a good long time.

For those that don't want to take any chances and just HAVE to get their sugar fix, hoarding is an option and its being reported that Hostess' products last far longer than the company's stated 25 day shelf life:

Twinkies don’t spoil — they taste pretty much the same long after their expiration date,” says Steve Ettlinger, author of the book “ Twinkie, Deconstructed ,” for which he researched the snack food’s ingredients. While researching the book, he came across a several years old stash of Twinkies: “A little hard but not spoiled,” he reports. Plus, they don’t need to be refrigerated: “The whole point is that they’re stable at room temperature,” Ettlinger says.

Oh, and I liked the Ding Dong (chocolate cupcake) best when I was growing up.


ps: Long FLO
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