Twinkies return, could be on shelves by this summer

Twinkie lovers rejoice! The iconic snack, missing since parent company Hostess went bankrupt in November, should be back by the end of July.

Just in time for summer, Twinkies will bring back their golden glow.

Hostess Brands has announced plans to re-launch its bakery in Columbus, Ga., and add about 300 jobs in the area over the next several years.

And that means Twinkies – the real ones – are back.

That comes as a relief for lovers of the squishy snack, who suffered a harsh blow in November when Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, announced it was going out of business and auctioning off its iconic brands.

In the meantime, several imitators have cropped up to cash in. Grupo Bimbo, which owns Sara Lee and Entenmann's, makes a Twinkie-like treat sold in Mexico called Submarinos. And vegan, organic and other alternative recipes for "Twinkies" abound online.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development Tuesday announced the company plans to resume operations this summer and will produce a full assortment of Hostess snack products — including Twinkies.

Hostess Brands CEO Michael Cramer said, "Safely, you should be able to buy Twinkies by the end of July," The Miami Herald reported.

But not everyone is thrilled.

Hostess went out of business after failing to get wage and benefit cuts from thousands of striking bakery workers who were union members.

According to the Dallas Business Journal, this time Hostess won’t be using union workers at all, including from the bakers' union that led the pre-bankruptcy strike.

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