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November 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Hostess Brands Inc. shutdown is still leaving consumers reeling as they ponder a potential future without Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. The 82-year-old company is blaming its closure -- which will affect 565 distribution centers, 33 bakeries and 570 bakery outlets -- on a labor strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The union has accused the Texas business of slashing workers' wages and benefits while awarding substantial pay raises to its top brass.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
People who want to buy locally grown food or who like artisan products probably know there are vendors all over the L.A. area, but the work of tracking them down is beyond most shoppers. The online store Good Eggs means to solve that problem. Its mission is bold: “Grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.” And shoppers can find more than 130 vendors who sell such foods as homemade gluten-free sandwich bread from Roses in the Kitchen ($10). Or dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling in Hollywood, where the recipes come from the owners' Taiwanese grandmothers and their own modern tastes; cheeseburger dumplings, anyone?
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BUSINESS
November 25, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Let's get a few things clear. Hostess didn't fail for any of the reasons you've been fed. It didn't fail because Americans demanded more healthful food than its Twinkies and Ho-Hos snack cakes. It didn't fail because its unions wanted it to die. It failed because the people that ran it had no idea what they were doing. Every other excuse is just an attempt by the guilty to blame someone else. Take the notion that Hostess was out of step with America's healthful-food craze. You'd almost think that Hostess failed because it didn't convert its product line into one based on green vegetables.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Ohio-based retailer Big Lots will soon sell Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other Hostess brand snacks at steep discounts.  The closeout chain announced Monday it will become the official discount retailer for Hostess snacks, filling a gap left by the closure of the snack maker's Hostess Thrift Outlet stores, which were not reopened by the brand's new owner. “The thrift outlets were extremely popular,” David Campisi, Big Lots' chief executive, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love.” Big Lots locations, the company said, will receive weekly shipments, with assortments will vary each week and by store.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Ralph's owner Kroger Co. and Sara Lee parent Grupo Bimbo are all said to be in the running to buy up assets from liquidating Twinkies maker Hostess, according to a report this week. The companies, along with Midwest baked products distributor Alpha Baking Co., are bidding to pick up all or parts of Hostess, according to Bloomberg News . The report cites an anonymous source familiar with negotiations. “There are rumors about Wal-Mart all the time and we just don't comment on them,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove in an email.
OPINION
November 21, 1999
Hopefully, it won't be long before restaurant patrons waiting for a table will be asked by the hostess, "Cellular or noncellular?" BOB JOHNSON Manhattan Beach
NEWS
June 18, 1989
Teresa Tirelli D'Amico, an opera singer, motion picture actress and hostess of a local radio program devoted to Italian-American music, died Saturday in Northridge of a brain tumor. She was 81. Known professionally as Teresa Tirelli, she also portrayed an Italian grape stomper in a memorable scene from a 1956 episode of "I Love Lucy" that was set in Italy. She is survived by four children and six grandchildren. Rosary will be held Monday night and funeral Mass Tuesday morning at St. Peter's Italian American Catholic Church, 1039 N. Broadway.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Karin Klein
With Hostess -- the maker of Tinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and the iconic cupcakes with creamy filling hinted at by the loops of white on their chocolate-frosting tops -- announcing plans to close its operations, comes the shocker that not only will future generations probably be unfamiliar with the so-called Twinkie defense, they probably won't even know what a Twinkie is. That's OK. Not because the Twinkie represents the ultimate in...
NEWS
May 25, 1989
Linda Amling, left, Julie McFarlane and hostess Pat DeAngelo at luncheon honoring donors of $13,000 to Santa Ana Auxiliary of the Children's Home Society. Murray and chairwoman Murel Brown with '40s Lincoln during the " 'S Wonderful" dinner/auction on Saturday that raised $100,000 for South County Community Clinic.
NEWS
August 17, 1986
We wish to take our hats off to Ann Martin of KABC-TV. We always felt that she was the finest hostess ever to appear on "A.M. Los Angeles"--plus she does a truly terrific job on her nightly newscasts. The lady is an absolute delight to watch! Carl and Susan Tedford, Arcadia
BUSINESS
July 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Twinkies are returning to store shelves Monday, retaining the same spongy golden exterior and sugar-laden cream filling that made the Hostess Brands snack cakes such a potent symbol of Rockwellian Americana. But Hostess has plans in the works to update its snack cake line to include products that are more appealing to younger consumers, lighter on the calories and possibly gluten free. Don't rule out new treats flavored with peanut butter or packaged in bite-sized portions, said executives at Hostess, which was hauled out of bankruptcy this spring for $410 million by two private equity firms.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Crack open the Ho Hos and Twinkies you've been hoarding. The new Hostess Brands said Monday that it would open bakeries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Illinois. The announcement came a week after Hostess Brands said it planned to reopen and hire for its bakeries in Georgia and Kansas. Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012. In November, a federal bankruptcy judge gave Hostess the go-ahead to wind down after failed negotiations with its striking bakers union.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Tenny Tatusian
So here you are at Hinoki & the Bird, a new restaurant in Century City where detail in pursuit of high-concept extends right down to the shoelaces worn by the waitstaff. The entrance overlooks a sunken dining room awash in warm light, "a Bond-villain lair" as described by Jonathan Gold in a recent review. At the bar are suave cocktails such as gin and lemon poured over crushed grapes, and in the open kitchen, you'll see thin sheets of the hinoki - a fragrant wood - set on fire then sent out on plates of black cod. A large patio of diners might seat a few celebrities.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Twinkies, the cult favorite snack brand orphaned by its liquidating parent company, Hostess Brands Inc., may have a new home. The popular product, along with Hostess brands such as CupCakes, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, is being sold to private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million. The companies submitted the only qualified bid by the deadline set by the Bankruptcy Court overseeing Hostess' case. The purchase, which includes five bakeries and certain equipment, is headed to court March 19 for final approval.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The dismantling of Hostess Brands Inc. continued this week as bidders, including the owner of Pabst Brewing Co., emerged to buy the bankrupt company's bread and cake brands. C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., the private equity firm that owns the popular Pabst beer label, is one of the likely stalking horse bidders for Hostess cake brands such as Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and CupCakes, according to a person close to the deal. Metropoulos would be joined by Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm that owns major companies such as Carl's Jr. parent CKE, the source said.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2013 | By Gigi Anders
Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan's role models were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets Carol Brady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("Eve Arden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur"). In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native - he looks like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn - inspiration and a livelihood.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The makers of a racy Thai soap opera about airline crews apologized Tuesday for offending real-life flight attendants, who had complained that its scenes of sexual high jinks sullied their reputations. The Exact Company, producers of the "The Air Hostess War," said at a Bangkok news conference that they were sorry if they had offended anyone and would tame some of the show's racier elements. "The Air Hostess War" follows the sexual shenanigans of a dashing married pilot and features love triangles, fights in the plane aisles and trysts on stopovers in exotic locations.
TRAVEL
October 18, 1992
We enjoyed reading your Sept. 27 article "High Tatras Village Is a Pole Apart." We visited the Tatra Mountains last May and it was a great experience. But instead of staying in a hotel, we spent a few days at a pension where we had a whole flat of our own. We highly recommend this spic-and-span, modern pension where the hostess speaks English. Pensionat Matuska Tatranska 3B 34-250 Poronin Poland NIVES & ESTHER QUINN Rancho Palos Verdes
BUSINESS
January 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hostess Brands Inc. agreed to sell many of its bread brands - including Wonder and Nature's Pride - to rival bakery business Flowers Foods as the liquidating company prepares to shut itself down. Flowers, which owns the Tastykake and Nature's Own brands, will pay $390 million total for a chunk of Hostess' assets . Flowers, of Thomasville, Ga., will spend $360 million for the Wonder, Nature's Pride, Butternut, Home Pride and Merita labels as well as 20 Hostess bakeries and 38 depots.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Ralph's owner Kroger Co. and Sara Lee parent Grupo Bimbo are all said to be in the running to buy up assets from liquidating Twinkies maker Hostess, according to a report this week. The companies, along with Midwest baked products distributor Alpha Baking Co., are bidding to pick up all or parts of Hostess, according to Bloomberg News . The report cites an anonymous source familiar with negotiations. “There are rumors about Wal-Mart all the time and we just don't comment on them,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove in an email.
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