Wonder Bread To Reappear On Grocers' Shelves

Sep 23, 2013
Originally published on September 23, 2013 9:35 am
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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When the snack company Hostess shuttered its doors last year, America almost lost a host of classic supermarket staples - not just Twinkies but also a bread that in its day, revolutionized American kitchens.

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GREENE: Wonder Bread could soon make a comeback.

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According to the Sacramento Bee newspaper, the company that bought Hostess Bread brands as part of a bankruptcy deal may put the legendary white bread back on store shelves as early as this week. Sacramento is home to a bakery that produced Wonder Bread, and that may reopen.

GREENE: The company behind the Wonder Bread revival is gambling that American consumers still want white bread, and it's a reasonable bet. Aaron Bobrow Strain is author of a book called "White Bread."

AARON BOBROW-STRAIN: Even as the attention shifts to local, artisanal, handmade and organic foods, we're still eating at least a billion loaves of industrial white bread a year.

GREENE: Flowers Foods is the company that's now behind Wonder Bread and as part of the deal last summer, it acquired other Hostess brands, like Home Pride. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.