Many members of my generation were distressed in January of 2011 when Hostess Brands Inc; the creator of such childhood favorites as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Hostess planned to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcy in November but was unsuccessful as a result of its failure to reach an agreement with its bakers union. It thereafter made the decision to convert its bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation.
The purpose of chapter 11 is to allow a business entity or an individual with significant debt to gain temporary protection from creditors while attempting to restructure his/its debt. The process is similar to a chapter 13 bankruptcy wherein an individual can propose a plan to stop a foreclosure, repossession or wage garnishment. Because Hostess was unable to restructure its debt, it converted (switched over) to a Chapter 7 straight bankruptcy. At that time, it closed its doors and a trustee was appointed to liquidate its assets. Twinkie lovers throughout the world have suffered withdrawals since that time!
On March 19, 2013, it was announced that the Bankruptcy Judge overseeing the Hostess bankruptcy proceedings has approved the sale of popular brands such as Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Donnettes to other companies which are expected to have the brands back on grocery store shelves by late summer. So in the end, Twinkie lovers everywhere should be thankful to the bankruptcy process for saving some of our favorite snacks.
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Brad Botes is a principal of each of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his team of bankruptcy lawyers have spent over 30 years guiding people through financial challenges. Read his full bio here.