Twinkies-maker mediation talks break down

  • A final bid to end a labor dispute threatening Hostress Brands, the company behind the popular American cream-filled Twinkies sponge cakes have broken down.

    Union officials on Tuesday said talks with Hostess Brands had ended without a deal.

    On Monday, a judge ordered Hostess into talks in order to avoid liquidating the firm, at a cost of 18,000 jobs.

    The company is due to appear in a bankruptcy court later today when it will seek to end operations.

    Last week, Hostess Brands blamed the need to liquidate on a nationwide strike by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM).

    The firm has been in trouble over recent years, emerging from bankruptcy protection in 2009 only to file again in January 2012.