The devastation! How can America lose their Hostess Cup Cakes and Twinkies? Maybe the Mayans are right in their assumption that the world is ending very soon.
According to this article, Hostess is in trouble, big trouble with a capital "T." The article even went as far as stating the following as the catalyst:
"Health-conscious Americans favor yogurt and energy bars over the dessert cakes and white bread they devoured 30 years ago."
This statement is especially ironic, in light of the fact that 30 years ago, the obesity rate was nowhere near where it is today. I guess everyone is going out and purchasing the Weight Watcher's "Twinkies" these days, which have an even more questionable ingredient list than the originals.
"We're less likely to be snacking on items that we shouldn't be snacking on," said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for The NPD Group, a consumer marketing research firm.
If this was the case, Harry Balzer, then America should be in great shape and incredibly healthy. For God sakes, according to you, we ran Hostess out of business with our excellent eating habits.
So, explain to me why adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011,” a report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30%. Four years ago, only one state was above 30%. In the end, obviously cutting the Ho Hos and Twinkies is not helping.
Don't get me wrong, I agree that Hostess products are less than healthy for your body. But to say that the Hostess company is "going under" because Americans are getting healthier is a load of BULLSH*T. Americans are simply eating products that the producers SAY are healthier for them, but not necessarily are. I believe it is called ... ignorance ...
The real reason Hostess is going under:
The unions require too much of EVERYTHING for their workers. Even in the face of the company going out of business, the unions refuse to take cuts. Hostess is also not reacting to today's market. As I previously stated, people like to "think" they are eating healthy. All they need to do is cut a little bit of sugar from a few of their baked goods and call it "low calorie." It has nothing to do with Americans getting healthier and everything to do with Americans thinking they are getting healthier. It seems to me that the company is just getting "lazy."
For the record, I love Twinkies, but can honestly not remember the last time I purchased or devoured one. What do you think that means?