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April 17, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - It was the moment of truth Thursday morning. Managers at the Flowers Foods bakery in Thomasville were about to have their first Tastykakes. Tastykakes, beloved in Philadelphia, were mostly unknown in Thomasville before Flowers announced last week that it planned to buy Tasty Baking Co. Given a choice of Butterscotch Krimpets or Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, the managers - Mickey Miller, Roger Lane, and George Elmore - opted for the Krimpets. They were clearly curious about the snack cakes that are going to be part of their future.
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August 15, 2002 | By RAMONA SMITH smithra@phillynews.com Daily News staff writer Paul D. Davies contributed to this report
CHARLIE PIZZI has been scarfing up Tastykakes all his life. He started with lemon pies. And during his 13 years as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, he progressed to a schedule of "doughnuts in the morning, Krimpets in the afternoon and a chocolate cupcake at night with ice cream. " Now Charles P. Pizzi will be taking over the entire Tasty Baking factory. Starting Oct. 7, he'll be president and CEO of Tasty Baking Co., leading a national expansion of the Mid-Atlantic region's biggest source of snack cakes.
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April 7, 2000 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
You could always get a Bible quote and a Butterscotch Krimpet from Deacon Melvin Holmes Jr. Holmes, an Army veteran and staunch church leader, worked at the Tastykake Co. for 29 years. He started out as a driver. But in 1977, he became the bakery's first African-American district manager, appointed to the Baltimore region. His connections made the deacon's West Philadelphia house a very popular place indeed. "He would always bring Tastykakes home when he could," said Keith Holmes, a son. "Whenever we played ball, he would go to work early so he could get off early so he could make the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2001 | by Francesca Chapman Daily News Staff Writer
TASTYKAKE PAINTINGS by artist Jan Elmy, Rittenhouse Fine Art, 1723 Spruce St. Show opens with reception 5:30-8:30 tonight, and continues 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through June 10. Info: 215-735-2676. Provence has its starry nights, so Van Gogh painted those. Tahiti has beautiful women in sarongs, so Gauguin painted them. And Philadelphia? Well, we have Tastykakes, so Jan Elmy is painting them. The Maryland-based artist is known mostly for her Chesapeake landscapes and snack-food-free still lifes.
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April 14, 2011
I am a huge fan of The Inquirer, especially the investigative reporting of the last few years, but I have to say that you blew it on Tuesday. The big news that day was that a homegrown, cutting-edge success story, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced that it had reached a megadeal to acquire a Minnesota-based company, American Medical Systems, for $2.9 billion. This is one of several major acquisitions by Endo in the last two years. So, does The Inquirer lead its front page with this growth story?
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February 16, 2006 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The folks who make Tastykakes have something new for a stressed-out world confused by conflicting advice about diet and health: Butterscotch Krimpets with twice as much icing and 90 more calories. Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes with twice as much peanut butter and 70 more calories. The new version of the Krimpet is the first since the flagship product and Philadelphia staple was introduced in 1926. And the Kandy Kake has not been changed since its introduction in 1935. Fans of the originals need not panic; they will not be going away.
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April 7, 1995 | By Suzanne Sataline, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Apparently the Teamsters were not the icing on the cake. Hourly workers who make TastyKakes yesterday overwhelmingly rejected efforts by the Teamsters to unionize the plant. The company has been union- free for all of its 80 years. The final tally after Wednesday's balloting was 233 in favor of the union and 442 against. Members of Teamsters Local 115, who led an eight-month drive at the plant, said they would fight what they called unfair labor practices that intimidated workers into believing a union could threaten the company.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2004 | By Marian Uhlman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a child, Karen Schutz loved Tastykakes. She'd peel off the sugar icing of a chocolate cupcake and shove it into her mouth, before devouring the rich interior. So Schutz, 42, couldn't quite grasp what the makers of Tastykakes were thinking when they told her in January they planned to create a health-conscious, low-carbohydrate snack. It was a priority. And it was her job to make it happen. Pronto. America was in the grip of a carbohydrate revolt. Dozens of companies already had launched about 600 low-carb products to meet the hopes of an overweight society.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1996 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As with fine wine, Bridget Gallagher savors the aroma, the flavor, the texture of that Philadelphia delicacy, the Butterscotch Krimpet. She takes a modest bite. Her eyes narrow in concentration. She tilts her head back and chews purposefully. Bridget Gallagher is the top taste-tester at Tasty Baking Co. If they were truthful, most consumers of Tastykakes would probably describe the way they eat a Tastykake as snarf, inhale or wolf. To Gallagher, eating a Tastykake is a science.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2009 | By Christopher K. Hepp INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles P. Pizzi is a quintessential "Philly guy. " He grew up in Overbrook. He delivered the Bulletin. He learned his ABCs from the nuns at Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school, went on to Overbrook High and the University of Pennsylvania. He cut his teeth in city government, where he served as, among other posts, director of commerce. For 13 years, he led the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce before becoming, in 2002, president and chief executive officer of the Tasty Baking Co., a quintessential Philadelphia company.
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July 30, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
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July 15, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
French flags and biting satire flew over Philadelphia's Fairmount Avenue on Saturday, and thousands of Butterscotch Krimpets rained down from the ramparts of Eastern State Penitentiary. Several thousand people gathered in front of the historic prison to watch a brisk and fanciful musical retelling of the story of the French Revolution to celebrate Bastille Day - July 14, 1789 - which marked the beginning of the revolution that ended the reign of Louis XVI. "If the people have no bread, I say, 'Let them eat cake!
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February 26, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
As an independent company, Tasty Baking Co. didn't quite make it to Tuesday's 100th anniversary, selling out to Flowers Foods Inc. in 2011 for $141 million to avoid bankruptcy. But nearly three years after the rescue, the Tastykake brand - which drips nostalgia in the Philadelphia region, but had failed to break through nationally - has renewed strength. The Flowers bailout has given workers at Tasty's bakery in South Philadelphia and delivery-route owners throughout the Mid-Atlantic the chance to celebrate the brand's centennial.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
To the list of things about Philly that natives love and tourists don't get (Eagles fans, Mummers, Tastykakes), we could easily add the world premiere of Josh Piven's No Reservations , a homegrown Christmas comedy with a sharp bite. Piven sets the play, now at the Skybox at the Adrienne, on Christmas Eve at a Lancaster, Pa., bed-and-breakfast owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harris (Jared Michael Delaney and Wendy Staton). Deep in debt, conjugally estranged, and with the place falling apart, they long for their one day off each year to relax.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Ask Michael Holahan about his childhood in Overbrook, and mouthwatering recollections pour forth: Tastykakes. Lebanon bologna sandwiches. And lots of candy. "As a teenager, I worked at a neighborhood pharmacy called Love Pharmacy, and the pharmacist, Tom Brannon, turned me on to Wilbur Buds," Holahan said of the beloved chocolate drops. He confesses another indulgence: "I spent every cent of tip money on Zitner Butter Krak eggs for the two to three months they were available around Easter each year.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
DID YOU KNOW that you - you, John or Jamilla Q. Public - can have the lights on Boathouse Row lit in a color of your choice to mark a special occasion? Yes you can, but there are conditions and stipulations, says Barry Bessler, chief of staff, Office of the 1st Deputy Commissioner, Parks & Facilities. That's his official title, but since he's the guy who controls the lights, I think of him as Philadelphia's lumiere extraordinaire , or, in Stu-Speak, Director of Pretty Lights.
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November 28, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based Tastykake , owned by Flowers Foods , is helping fill the void left by Twinkie maker Hostess Brands Inc. 's bankruptcy liquidation. From exile in suburban Boston, Broomall native David Weinstein tells me he got a happy surprise Sunday when he found fresh Tastykake Krimpets on the shelves formerly occupied by durable Hostess lines at the Shaw's grocery in Stoughton, Mass. "Many of us who live in New England love the idea of having access to Tastykakes in the supermarkets," he said.
NEWS
November 20, 2012
If Hostess Brands dies, it will be bad news for cupcake lovers, but at least some of its baked products may survive. The nearly century-old company last week announced plans to shut down its bakeries, including one in Northeast Philadelphia, and lay off 18,500 employees. But late Monday, Hostess and one of its major unions agreed to a last-ditch mediation session. Hostess had planned to begin a bankruptcy liquidation sale in New York this week. It said it could take up to a year to sell its assets, which include the rights to such iconic brands as Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, Ring Dings, and Wonder Bread.
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