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(Bloomberg)   Because if any company can save Hostess cupcakes, Suzy Qs and Chocodiles, it's Pabst Blue Ribbon   (bloomberg.com) divider line 129
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2012-11-16 07:22:07 PM
Could be a good fit, they get the cultural significance and they know how to do a turn around.
 
2012-11-16 07:26:10 PM
Think of the stoners. Washington and Colorado legalize weed and all of sudden there are no more Hostess products?

Way to step to the plate, PBR.
 
2012-11-16 07:38:11 PM
Shedding the complications of the unions and old plants makes it even more attractive.

Yep, just the name. No plants or employees, like PBR.
 
2012-11-16 07:52:00 PM
"Shedding the complications of the unions and old plants makes it even more attractive."

I'm sure the 18,500 employees will be so relieved.
 
2012-11-16 08:12:33 PM
This was funnier the first time I saw it, but I still grin a bit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGSN7JVg1yQ

"Pabst Blue Ribbon. Buy American. Drink it y'asshole."
 
2012-11-16 08:13:15 PM
 
2012-11-16 08:22:48 PM
Yeah... Cause you know, that's what REALLY did them in.

farking money men and their farking money games. Hostess was a popular brand that was making money and putting Americans to work. Then the money men come in, and gamble with debt and the markets, while raping and gutting local/state/national economies. People get laid off, loose their way of life...all so some rich jackasses can have enough money to buy a polished gold turd bowl.

Then when they break their toy, they hand it over to their buddies who take a farking hammer to it, squeezing out the last of goddamn cents out of it.

And all that is left, pain and the sorrow of shadow of a company. A company sold a beloved product, served it's community and supported it's loyal workers with a good way of life.
 
2012-11-16 08:58:52 PM
i.imgur.com

And he snorted Sno-Balls too.

/and mainlined Ho-Hos
 
2012-11-16 09:27:08 PM
So hipsters will suddenly consume Ho-Hos and Twinkies?
 
2012-11-16 09:29:18 PM

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 468x250]

And he snorted Sno-Balls too.

/and mainlined Ho-Hos


Tasty Kake? F*CK THAT SH*T! HOSTESS!
 
2012-11-16 09:34:17 PM
To cheapen.
 
2012-11-16 09:43:59 PM

jbuist: This was funnier the first time I saw it, but I still grin a bit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGSN7JVg1yQ

"Pabst Blue Ribbon. Buy American. Drink it y'asshole."


Farkin hysterical.
 
2012-11-16 09:44:28 PM
So whick eBay buyers of the 'last' Twinkies feel like suckers now?

It's sad and funny that there will now be a Hostess without the Unions who went on strike in the first place. So now if any of them are hired by the new owners, the workers will have no bargaining power at all.
 
2012-11-16 09:45:43 PM
"We have analyzed this opportunity very carefully for a few years now," Metropoulos said in an e-mail. "Shedding the complications of the unions and old plants makes it even more attractive."

/Why is this surprising? Many American companies have closed down plants in the USA and gone to another country, and paid those poor bastards 2 bucks a day, if that.
 
2012-11-16 09:45:47 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Yeah... Cause you know, that's what REALLY did them in.

farking money men and their farking money games. Hostess was a popular brand that was making money and putting Americans to work. Then the money men come in, and gamble with debt and the markets, while raping and gutting local/state/national economies. People get laid off, loose their way of life...all so some rich jackasses can have enough money to buy a polished gold turd bowl.

Then when they break their toy, they hand it over to their buddies who take a farking hammer to it, squeezing out the last of goddamn cents out of it.

And all that is left, pain and the sorrow of shadow of a company. A company sold a beloved product, served it's community and supported it's loyal workers with a good way of life.


LOL. So much funnier if you read it in the voice of the guy in jbuist's link. "polished gold turd bowl!"
 
2012-11-16 09:48:03 PM

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 468x250]

And he snorted Sno-Balls too.

/and mainlined Ho-Hos


Mommy... Mommy... Baby wants to fark a Twinkie.
 
2012-11-16 09:51:19 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: "We have analyzed this opportunity very carefully for a few years now," Metropoulos said in an e-mail. "Shedding the complications of the unions and old plants makes it even more attractive."

/Why is this surprising? Many American companies have closed down plants in the USA and gone to another country, and paid those poor bastards 2 bucks a day, if that.



It's too bad that both sides make it so difficult to just give people fair, but not union-extortionate rates in a non-adversarial environment.
 
2012-11-16 09:52:31 PM
So Twinkees will become Hipster food? Can hipsters be fat?
 
2012-11-16 09:53:40 PM
"Our family would love to purchase these icronic brands," said Daren Metropoulos, a principal at the Greenwich, Connecticut-based firm, which paid $250 million for Pabst in 2010. "We are actively pursuing this deal as no doubt strategics will also."

FTFH
 
2012-11-16 09:55:22 PM
Chocodiles.
 
2012-11-16 09:55:24 PM
Whoever gets it I hope they go back to the older recipes before they replaced all the ingredients with cheap crap and chemical preservatives. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I seem to remember them tasting much better once upon a time. They were probably awesome in the 30s.
 
2012-11-16 09:56:22 PM
my Dad was so cheap he would buy PBR's no frills label - Red, White & Blue. and that was upscale for him. the closest i ever seen him come to crying was when A&P Warehouse Liquors took their no-frills swill 'A&P Tudor Ale' off the market. he didn't talk for days, just stared at the black & white TV while munching the PathMark no frills equivalent of Cheez-It's and farting loudly whenever Mom tried to console him.
 
2012-11-16 09:56:35 PM

Aar1012: So Twinkees will become Hipster food? Can hipsters be fat?


Makes wearing skinny jeans a real biatch.
 
2012-11-16 09:58:09 PM
Little Debbie is better.
 
2012-11-16 09:59:34 PM

Hand Banana: Whoever gets it I hope they go back to the older recipes before they replaced all the ingredients with cheap crap and chemical preservatives. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I seem to remember them tasting much better once upon a time. They were probably awesome in the 30s.


They went to ESL (extended shelf life) in the early 2000s... Shelf lives went from a week on cupcakes to 19 days.

/Got laid off today
//Maybe not the best management team I've ever worked with in my career, but by far, far far the worst union workers of any company I've worked for
 
2012-11-16 10:00:14 PM

Hand Banana: Whoever gets it I hope they go back to the older recipes before they replaced all the ingredients with cheap crap and chemical preservatives. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I seem to remember them tasting much better once upon a time. They were probably awesome in the 30s.


Nah, the economy was so great back then people would buy anything.
/oh wait....
 
2012-11-16 10:03:21 PM

Hand Banana: Whoever gets it I hope they go back to the older recipes before they replaced all the ingredients with cheap crap and chemical preservatives. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I seem to remember them tasting much better once upon a time. They were probably awesome in the 30s.


Don't think it's gonna happen. Good ingredients cost money.
 
2012-11-16 10:03:30 PM
wa1.cdn.four.co.nz

PREEEEETY sure I asked you to get those chocodiles....
 
2012-11-16 10:16:47 PM
Since Miller makes the beer for PBR, who will make the Ho-Ho's for the new owners. Maybe the unions can buy the bakeries and make products for PBR.
 
2012-11-16 10:17:06 PM
So farking suave
 
2012-11-16 10:21:28 PM

skinink: So whick eBay buyers of the 'last' Twinkies feel like suckers now?

It's sad and funny that there will now be a Hostess without the Unions who went on strike in the first place. So now if any of them are hired by the new owners, the workers will have no bargaining power at all.


That slap in the face looks like it hurts. How does it feel?
 
2012-11-16 10:23:03 PM

TheMightyTimmah: Hand Banana: Whoever gets it I hope they go back to the older recipes before they replaced all the ingredients with cheap crap and chemical preservatives. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I seem to remember them tasting much better once upon a time. They were probably awesome in the 30s.

They went to ESL (extended shelf life) in the early 2000s... Shelf lives went from a week on cupcakes to 19 days.

/Got laid off today
//Maybe not the best management team I've ever worked with in my career, but by far, far far the worst union workers of any company I've worked for


I am sorry you lost your job - it happened to me a few years ago after a buyout so I know how bad it sucks...
 
2012-11-16 10:24:59 PM

simsite9: "Shedding the complications of the unions and old plants makes it even more attractive."

I'm sure the 18,500 employees will be so relieved.


Maybe they should think about that before they go on strike and demand too much money.

This happens all the time at car dealership, dealer ask too much money, no get sale.
 
2012-11-16 10:25:48 PM

smitty04: Since Miller makes the beer for PBR, who will make the Ho-Ho's for the new owners. Maybe the unions can buy the bakeries and make products for PBR.


MIller is union mad beer (Teamsters) and I think the PBR line is UAW made.

http://www.unionplus.org/union-made/beers

So this might end up going back to union made work, assuming the contractor is union.

The idea of the union buying the bakeries isn't unheard of, if they did a co-op. The Steelworkers Union is partnering with Spanish co-operative conglomerate Mondragon to develop worker run and union represented cooperatives. http://www.usw.org/media_center/releases_advisories?id=0523

I think with money men killing industry, the only answer is for workers to buy it themselves, while still competing on the open market. That's market socialism, which gives the perks of self management and ownership, plus market competition, and instead of workers, it's useless money men left out in the cold.
 
2012-11-16 10:28:41 PM
Hostess has been looking for a way out for a few years. Blaming their employees for actually wanting decent compensation is weak (and I am certainly not one to praise unions, in this case however it has merit)

And I miss chocodiles:(
BOOOO on you Hostess people
 
2012-11-16 10:31:40 PM
Twinkies with beer mixed into the creme filling?
 
2012-11-16 10:35:19 PM
Yes!
 
2012-11-16 10:36:25 PM
Why stop there Coelacanth? Go whole hog and toss in some Mad Dog.

Fun times :)
 
2012-11-16 10:36:54 PM
You could always get submarinos in a shop. They're the same thing.
 
2012-11-16 10:37:15 PM
I'd be surprised if some larger company didn't buy the Twinkie brand (and a few others), somebody like General Mills, Bimbo, Kraft, ConAgra, etc.

Twinkies may go away for awhile, but they'll be back.

I'm a Ding Dong fan myself.
 
2012-11-16 10:38:54 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Yeah... Cause you know, that's what REALLY did them in.

farking money men and their farking money games. Hostess was a popular brand that was making money and putting Americans to work. Then the money men come in, and gamble with debt and the markets, while raping and gutting local/state/national economies. People get laid off, loose their way of life...all so some rich jackasses can have enough money to buy a polished gold turd bowl.

Then when they break their toy, they hand it over to their buddies who take a farking hammer to it, squeezing out the last of goddamn cents out of it.

And all that is left, pain and the sorrow of shadow of a company. A company sold a beloved product, served it's community and supported it's loyal workers with a good way of life.




You do know that the CEO is a big Dem contributor and Dick Gephart (former D politician) is half owner. Maybe you should read before you parrot the standard lib party line.
 
2012-11-16 10:39:48 PM
Just what hipsters need, another source of manufactured smug.

/dad worked for Hostess until about 4 years ago.
//quit because they wouldn't let him fire a lazy piece of shiat employee because he was black.
///equal opportunity only works if the workers are equal.
 
2012-11-16 10:43:05 PM

Sweater Girl: Hostess has been looking for a way out for a few years. Blaming their employees for actually wanting decent compensation is weak (and I am certainly not one to praise unions, in this case however it has merit)

And I miss chocodiles:(
BOOOO on you Hostess people


Absolutely. Any time you demand soo much money that the company cant survive and goes bankrupt, there is plenty of merit there.

98% of shiatty employees feel they are underpaid. They are simply mistaken.
 
2012-11-16 10:43:31 PM
I'd actually be surprised if Google doesn't buy it. Seems they are doing their best to own everything else. At least it would be one less click after entering "Chocodiles+shipped+cost"
 
2012-11-16 10:46:21 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'd be surprised if some larger company didn't buy the Twinkie brand (and a few others), somebody like General Mills, Bimbo, Kraft, ConAgra, etc.

Twinkies may go away for awhile, but they'll be back.

I'm a Ding Dong fan myself.


twinkies would go away for about 10 minutes. There is entirely too much brand value to let it die.
 
2012-11-16 10:46:37 PM

Nutsac_Jim: 98% of shiatty employees feel they are underpaid. They are simply mistaken.


I think that percentage may be a couple of points low.
 
2012-11-16 10:48:39 PM
Seriously? No Ironic tag?
 
2012-11-16 10:48:43 PM

coffee smells good: Darth_Lukecash: Yeah... Cause you know, that's what REALLY did them in.

farking money men and their farking money games. Hostess was a popular brand that was making money and putting Americans to work. Then the money men come in, and gamble with debt and the markets, while raping and gutting local/state/national economies. People get laid off, loose their way of life...all so some rich jackasses can have enough money to buy a polished gold turd bowl.

Then when they break their toy, they hand it over to their buddies who take a farking hammer to it, squeezing out the last of goddamn cents out of it.

And all that is left, pain and the sorrow of shadow of a company. A company sold a beloved product, served it's community and supported it's loyal workers with a good way of life.



You do know that the CEO is a big Dem contributor and Dick Gephart (former D politician) is half owner. Maybe you should read before you parrot the standard lib party line.


If I parrot the farking party line, then their behavior would be white washed. I stand with my fellow workers.

So fark them both. All the donation and (D) behind your farking name won't save you from my righteous wrath.

The fact that the CEO farking took a BIG ASS raise means he's not a farking liberal.

They shall be cast out, sent to the east of Eden.

Winter is coming.

So is the Lady Guillotine.
 
2012-11-16 10:50:55 PM
Please save the French Toast Bagels!
 
2012-11-16 10:54:02 PM
Nutsac_Jim

Not that I have a dog in the fight, but it's an attitude like yours that employees should be wary of.
It's odd that anyone who is 'above' the others is the first to place the blame on those others.
As in, the people THEY hired.
What does that say about them?
 
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