Twinkies return

Hostess Brands, LLC, a new company with new owners, announced plans to re-open its bakery this summer in Columbus, Ga.

The state-of-the-art baking facility will resume production on a variety of Hostess snack products, including Twinkies, Cup Cakes, HoHos and Ding Dongs, WTVM reports.

Twinkies, cream-filled sponge cake treats invented in 1930, have been out of production since November of 2012. When the bankrupt parent company of Hostess announced that it would cease operations in November, Americans began to hoard Twinkies. A box of original Twinkies sold on eBay this April for $34.99.

In March, the Metropoulous family received approval from a bankruptcy court to acquire control of Hostess. The family of entrepreneurs is famous for reviving and reinventing brands such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Chef Boyardee, Vlasic Pickles and Bumblebee Tuna.

Under new ownership, the company plans to add a total of more than 300 jobs in Columbus, Ga., over the next several years. Hostess also plans to instate a workforce training program. The new owners say the corporate headquarters will remain in Texas, and five plants will continue to operate.

“Over the past several months, we have invested significantly in Hostess and the Columbus facility we acquired,” said Dean Metropoulos, the chairman and CEO of Hostess. “We are focused on re-introducing the Hostess brands and bringing the Company’s high quality and beloved snack products back to American consumers.”

Twinkies will be back on the shelves in the middle of June.

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