Hostess Brands, Inc. Competition

Once one of the US's largest wholesale bakers, Hostess operated about three dozen bakeries and some 570 bakery outlet stores, and delivered baked goods to US supermarkets, mass marketers, and convenience stores on 5,500 delivery routes. The company's bread brands included Merita, Nature's Pride, and Wonder. It also sold snack cakes, including Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Ho Ho's, and other sweet baked goods under the Hostess, Dolly Madison, and Drake's brands. Owned by the investment firm Ripplewood Holdings, Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 and liquidated by holding a giant bake sale to sell off its iconic products and brands.

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