Agreed. When I was growing up, I ate a LOT of these snack foods and regularly had twinkies in my bag lunch I brought to school.
Nowadays, there's a much better emphasis on nutrition and making sure kids avoid getting obese.
Back in 2005, the same thing happened to Krispy Kreme. They flooded our city with stores, but within a few years, they were all gone. There were a victim of the health food craze taking off.
As much as I hate to see them go, it's a good sign.
This is what is supposed to happen when a company can not perform efficiently with the resources it has. I realize the strike killed this company, but it was severely wounded and bleeding already. No guarantee it would have survived much longer, strike or no strike.
In these situations, it is good for the company to fold. Sell off it's assets and let another business that can make better use of these resources do so.
If a company is squandering resources, that is a drag on the economy. Much better to let someone new withe better ideas and better execution come into play. Bankruptcy and Liquidation lets this happen. It's a good thing.
If a company can pick up these resources and use them more efficiently, they will hire people. And maybe all the things that Hostess fell short on with the union contract will not be a problem for a company that can execute efficiently.
While that is certainly not the only possible outcome, I think it is a likely one.
That's why your analogy doesn't really work.
I said "craze" because the anti-carb mood is somewhat of a fad, so I think the word "craze" is perfectly suited.