When I first heard the news, it took a while for the ramifications to sink in. In addition to their branded products, they also did a lot of private-label baking. I used to see Foodtown house brand bread in Wonder's outlet in Queens. Old favorites like Drakes Cake's, which I ate since when they were baked in Brooklyn, are affected. Folks further west will see a pause in Dolly Madison products. That discussion here about Hostess Fruit Pies is affected. Budget brands like County Fair. The footlong Wonder Bread hot dog buns found on the Jersey Shore. Wonder Foodservice, with their hamburger buns the size of the Whopper bun. J.J. Nissen in New England, with their Canadian White Bread, which they cheapened over the years. From the now-home page of Hostess Brands can be found a list of their major brands:
In addition to dozens of baking and distribution facilities around the country, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Hostess®, Drakes® and Dolly Madison®, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Ho’s®, Sno Balls® and Donettes®. Bread brands to be sold include Wonder®, Nature’s Pride ®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Butternut®, and Beefsteak®, among others.
As we saw with the closure of Mother's and Archway bakeries, other firms will eventually buy some or all of the brands. It probably will be years before we learn the real reasons for the shutdown. Hostess/Wonder really is a juggernaut.
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