Twinkies the Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post titled “Twinkie and the Hostess” where I lamented the loss of the Twinkie. Well, two years later, the Twinkie is back from the dead and I feel it’s time to revisit how Twinkie’s resurrection took place. It’s quite the capitalistic underdog story dubbed, “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever.”

The savior of the Twinkie is, the new owner and chief executive of new Hostess Brands, C. Dean Metropoulos. He’s done this before, turning struggling brands around, with Chef Boyardee and Bumble Bee tuna. He isn’t in it alone of course,¬†Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. ¬†joined together in this effort to save an American Icon.

Hostess TwinkiesHostess was brought back from the edge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but not really. Hostess did go bankrupt and in the following rebirth, the original Hostess Brands became Old HB, Inc and the organization that purchased it was New HB Acquisition, LCC and after the purchase of Old HB, Inc, New HB Aquisition became Hostess Brands, LLC. So what’s old is now new again. The business jargon of the last sentence aside, general consumers will just see that the Hostess brand, founded in 1930, is back from the dead after filing for bankruptcy twice in less than three years.

January 2012 wasn’t the only time the original Hostess company filed for bankruptcy, as they also filed in 2009 which wasn’t too long after their emergence from a 2004 bankruptcy. So why is it different this time? I don’t know that it is. The health food craze doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, so how long can we expect the Twinkie to last? My assumption is that the massive outcry, masked with the humor of “Ding Dong, the Twinkie is Dead,” will enable the Twinkie and Hostess to survive.

Egon did say it would be a six hundred pound Twinkie

Six Hundred Pound Twinkie, Anyone?

The new brains behind the operation, Metropoulos said, “Where you find a Snickers bar or M&Ms, you should be able to find a Twinkie.” With that kind of focused marketing effort, should he follow through, the Twinkie may be bigger than it ever has been.

Then again, it is well beloved and it’s more than just a snack cake in the American lexicon, most famously from the following quotes in Ghostbusters.

Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s sample, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.Dr. Egon Spengler

That’s a big Twinkie.Winston Zeddemore:

So it’s more than just a snack and that means with the right people leading the ship, Hostess and the Twinkie should be around for a long time. I do wonder what the international market is like? But the international market isn’t of concern, it’s in America that the Twinkie is loved and it is in America that the Twinkie will thrive, anything else is just icing on the cake.

So it’s back from the dead, again. Marketing will be as easy as pie cream filled cake and it’s on shelves across the United States of America, once again. Tallahassee, Woody Harrelson’s character in Zombieland can rest easy, that when the zombie apocalypse happens, there will be plenty of Twinkies to go around. What more is there to say?