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2008/10/13 17:42:02 (permalink)

Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors..

The plug was officially pulled when Mother's Cake & Cookie Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. Besides the Circus Animal Cookies, the company is known for its Taffy Sandwich Cookies, English Tea Sandwich Cookies, and Iced Oatmeal Raisin cookies that will no longer be made.

I could finish off a bag of those wonderful, iced animal cookies !
Another childhood memory gone..........Sad Day
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    Foodbme
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 17:53:51 (permalink)
    I'll bet someone will buy them and they will be back. Usually CH 11 is not the end of a company. They could restructure and bounce back. Granted, in today's fnancial mess it could be harder.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 17:59:20 (permalink)
    http://www.suntimes.com/business/1211866,CST-FIN-cookie09.article

    "In its bankruptcy filing, Archway & Mother's Cookie Co. listed assets in excess of $50 million and liabilities of more than $500 million."

    The real sad thing is that nobody will go to jail for this or any of the other instances of greed.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 18:20:21 (permalink)
    I heard they stopped production.... doesn't look good.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 18:26:50 (permalink)
    No more Oatmeal-Date cookies!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 18:50:53 (permalink)
    OMG, no more molasses cookies? I mean, I don't need them, but I like them.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 19:01:27 (permalink)
    This is a sad day for lovers of good cookies!!!!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 20:30:28 (permalink)
    I know some one trying to get their shelf space in some local markets.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 21:55:59 (permalink)
    Probably the best coverage of this shutdown has been done by the Times Gazette newspaper of Ashland, Ohio, the location of the US Archway cookie plant:
    http://www.times-gazette.com
    http://www.times-gazette.com/news/popular
    Oddly, the Archway plant in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada is not shut down.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 22:47:55 (permalink)
    No wonder I haven't been able to find Archway cookies! I'd been looking for the oatmeal cookies at several grocery stores the past few days. (I have happy memories of my DD chewing on the soft cookies when she was only 18 months old.) I feel old, and sad.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 23:26:29 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Because I'm hypoglycaemic, I cannot eat "store-bought" cookies, but even I feel saddened... Archway were the best. Guess those of us who want them will just have to start making guerilla runs to Canada, eh?, to stock up.
    I bet a whole bunch of Americans doing such would bumfuddle Canadian customs something fierce, like someone I know who brought back 2 well used copies of every Bobby Curtola 45 record he could get his hands on (about 28 in all)... customs must have wondered if he wasn't just a wee bit bughouse, as they say in Ontario....
    UnMonsterly, Ort. Carlton, Half-Baked in Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/13 23:43:28 (permalink)
    At the grocery store this evening, there were none left..I was devastated. ( I know there are more important things in life!) Maybe I will hit Meijer's or Sams and Costco tomorrow. Just wanted a few last bags.......But I did find a website that's pretty interesting.........Check it out
    http://www.foodlocker.com/moncirancook.html
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 00:35:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by joerogo

    http://www.suntimes.com/business/1211866,CST-FIN-cookie09.article

    "In its bankruptcy filing, Archway & Mother's Cookie Co. listed assets in excess of $50 million and liabilities of more than $500 million."

    The real sad thing is that nobody will go to jail for this or any of the other instances of greed.


    Joe,
    You can't make that assumption. just because a company lists more liabilities than assets doesn't mean there was any wrongdoing. I was President of a company that filed CH 11. We restructured and came out of it and no one profited from it except the Bankruptcy Attorneys!!!!!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 00:41:17 (permalink)
    If you really want the convoluted story of Archway, take a look at the total history of the company on this website: http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Archway-Cookies-Inc-Company-History.html
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 10:55:37 (permalink)
    Here are some old tv commercials............
    http://www.knx1070.com/Mothers-Cookies--Out-of-Business/3115611
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 11:03:43 (permalink)
    I'm sorry, those cookies should not have been sold for the last 2 decades. The last one I ate, tasted like it was made in the 1980's.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 11:06:47 (permalink)
    I know its not much consolation for die hard Archway Fans but if you have a Wegmans in your area try their store brand oatmeal cookies--almost identical!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 14:54:22 (permalink)
    I am going to miss those oatmeal raisin cookies and big glass of milk

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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 15:16:12 (permalink)
    Archway is the only store brand cookies that we buy on any regular basis and I am going to miss them. I cleared a shelf in my freezer and went to the supermarket and stocked up for what may be our last tastes of Archway. I bought the oatmeal, oatmeal raisin. frosted lemons, ginger snaps, molasses and the frosted animal cookies. I noticed that the date to "use by" on the frosted animal cookies is not until Jan 09 so will go back to the store and buy the rest of them.

    When I make homemade chocolate cupcakes for the chuch's bake sales, I always frost the cupcakes in white frosting and stick a frosted animal cookie on top. They sell for fifty cents each and are the very first things to sell out!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 15:44:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by russ2304

    I know its not much consolation for die hard Archway Fans but if you have a Wegmans in your area try their store brand oatmeal cookies--almost identical!

    They too may disappear if they were contract baked by Archway.

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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/14 20:24:59 (permalink)
    My store shelves are still fully stocked .. I checked this evening 5 pm
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/16 11:39:10 (permalink)
    Well, off to the store for me!
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/18 14:00:55 (permalink)
    This is sad news! A woman I visit at a local nursing home always requests Archway Oatmeal Cookies, so I guess I'll be looking for a similar oatmeal cookie to bring to her (I'll keep the Wegman's cookies in mind).

    My Mom often bought Archways when we were growing up, especially the Chocolate Chip Icebox and Soft Drop cookies, Ruth's Oatmeal, Date-Filled Oatmeal (my favorite), Iced Oatmeal, and Molasses. I guess I'll see if they're still around at local stores and stock up for my parents and me.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/18 18:27:45 (permalink)
    I never want to see anyone go out of business. but, I never cared for their cookies. The only packaged cookies I like are Mal-O Mars, Peanutters and Sam's Club Chocolate Chip with Pecans that they sell at Walmart. They are really good..Made with butter.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/18 19:00:20 (permalink)
    I'm not a cookie eater per se but I did eat 2 kinds. Cameos blue package and Archway Iced Oatmeal. Sob sob. I like 'em extra sweet.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/18 22:01:34 (permalink)
    I did an appraisal of the Mother's factory in Oakland years ago when someone bought them out. Can't remember if it was Archway or a pervious owner. But I got to eat all the cookies I wanted hot off of the lines.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/19 16:40:59 (permalink)
    Iced Molasses are my favorite Archer's cookies. I made it to the local super market and bought all the Iced Molasses they had, adn 2 of everything else. I have lots of freezer space.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/19 20:05:42 (permalink)
    Employees of Archway's management company caught with their hands in the cookie jar:
    http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008810140314

    The Battle Creek Enquirer has also run stories about Archway since company headquarters were in Battle Creek.

    However, last Thursday the Archway plant in Kitchener, Ontario resumed cookie production, per the Waterloo Record:
    http://news.therecord.com/article/430729

    This discussion on Topix, right now at 264 comments, had people from all over the country discussing the collaspe of Archway. A lot of inside information, including the fact that Archway and Mother's used co-packers, and some of their lenders were Wachovia and Washington Mutual (WaMu). Also, many allegations of cooking the books. Other allegations include Kellogg's Keebler Cookies having an interest in Archway. Note all this information is "As-Is, Where Is":
    http://www.topix.com/forum/city/delton-mi/T14VL3OQMR4H0B6F0
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/20 12:16:43 (permalink)
    " />Wow, this is the first I've heard about it.I think I've seen them at H.E.B. Grocery Stores here.Guess I'll have to buy some
    next time I buy cat food while they still have them, though it is quite possible someone will buy the company.
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    RE: Mother's/Archway Cookies shuts it's doors.. 2008/10/20 18:42:13 (permalink)
    Are they the company that makes the cashew nougat cookies you only see right before Christmas? If so, it’s going to be a less merry one this year.
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