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Local grocery stores report run on Twinkies [UPDATED]

Published 10:30am Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated 12:31pm Monday, November 19, 2012

A Minnesota grocery chain says Twinkies and other Hostess snacks are flying off the shelves as the manufacturer shuts down.

Eden Prairie-based Supervalu owns 44 Cub Foods stores in Minnesota. Spokesman Michael Siemienas tells Minnesota Public Radio they’ve seen a surge in people purchasing Hostess products like Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread.

Service Food in Fergus Falls stopped carrying the sweet treats a couple months ago, according to grocery manager Steve Steinbach.

“We weren’t selling enough to keep them in the store even before this happened,” he said.

Sunmart and Walmart in Fergus Falls also reported being out of Twinkies.

Siemienas says the stores won’t be resupplied with Hostess products, so once the supplies are gone, they’re gone.

Hostess Brands Inc. filed a motion Friday with a federal bankruptcy court, seeking permission to shut down. The move comes after the company says striking workers across the country crippled its ability to maintain production.

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