Statistically Speaking

Hostess — the company behind such snacks as Twinkies, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, and Wonderbread — declared bankruptcy last Friday. Hostess had financial difficulties, which were then exacerbated by labor disputes with unions over pay. But some of Hostess’ products may return after these brands are brought up for auction. Here are some facts about the company and its products:

500 million: The number of Twinkies produced per year.

33: The number of bakeries operated by Hostess in the U.S.

150: The number of calories in a single Twinkie.

18,500: The number of workers being laid off as a result of the bankruptcy.

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