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Utica College Students React To Hostess Closure

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Utica, NY (WIBX) – Hostess is filing for bankruptcy and closing its doors for good, following a nationwide bakery strike.

But what does that mean for people who have a special place in their hearts for Hostess? Utica College criminal justice student, Ashley Fink, was shocked at the news.

“Well, I’m a little upset because Twinkies are delicious,” Fink said. “I mean… I’m not going to lie, aren’t they? Am I wrong? It’s upsetting to hear that Twinkies will no longer be made, it’s everybody’s, as far as I know, favorite treat.”

Fellow criminal justice student, Catherine Voorhees, was also confused by the closure.

“I think it sucks,” Voorhees said. “They’re good, I don’t know… I love Twinkies, ever since I was a kid.”

She says if the company changes hands, she may give the possibly re-branded sponge cake another chance.

Others, like Samuel Cotrupe, an economic crime investigation student, says the decision to close may not be so bad for the country’s health.

“I just feel for the families that are going to get laid off if no company buys them out,” Cotrupe said. “I’m just hoping they can find another job somewhere else soon, because the unemployment rates in the U.S. are crazy right now. But, as my full thought, it’s probably a good thing.”

Hostess hopes to be bought by another company and keep some of the most iconic names alive.

History student, Gaetano Morreale, says he’ll remain a steadfast follower of Twinkie the Kid.

“I can see myself remaining with the product, so as long as it tastes the same. Heck, if it even tastes better, then they’ll have a customer for life.”

Though known for the iconic Twinkie, Hostess is also the company behind Wonder Bread, Bimbo Bakeries and several other cake products.

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