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Northeast Ohio joins the Hostess run
Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding-dongs disappear

Ozie Ikuenobe
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Northeast Ohio shoppers have joined the run on Twinkies, hours after manufacturer Hostess said it’s shutting down. 

Frank Ranalli is vice president of Fisher Foods in Stark County.

RANALLI on the run on Hostess

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 “Actually, it seems like consumers are just finding out the fact that they’ve gone out of business and we’ve had a buzz of people coming in and wanting to know if we still have any in stock.” 

Ranalli says if his childhood is any measure, Twinkies and Ho-Hos are likely to go first. Texas-based Hostess also makes Wonder Bread and Ding  Dongs.

Audrey Bodnar, a teacher at Stow High School, says that she’s disappointed because of the employees and loyal customers that Hostess has let down.

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“I’m discouraged that a great company that’s been around for so long isn’t trying to be loyal to its employees. Where’s the entrepreneurial spirit? So the culture’s changing, the interests are changing. Then change with it and stay strong.

Hostess is blaming a strike by bakers over a contract the company imposed on them for its decision to shut down production. 

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Who can eat that garbage? It always was really marginal food. Wonder Bread was still being sold? Not many people want bread to build their bodies 12 ways! There are 4200 snacks ready to jump in and take up the slack. There are going to be a lot of companies just close the doors rather than operate under the scrutiny of Obama-Pelosi and the IRS! This is just the tip of the iceburg. Get ready for a real recession in the next few years!

Posted by: masso (cleveland) on November 19, 2012 12:11PM
Ho Ho Who cares? As if were going to die without the Hostess baking company! Maybe if they had made a few nutritious products they would have been making money instead of pre-diabetic cookie dough. Tough times are gonna get worse.... Do you still think this guy is good for America? Just keep singing that tune.

Posted by: bubba (North Coast) on November 19, 2012 12:11PM
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