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UPDATE: Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union

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IRVING, Texas (WKOW) -- Twinkies won't die that easily after all.

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the Irving, Texas-based company won't go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.

The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery's union to ask his client, who wasn't present, if he would agree to participate.

The case is being heard by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, New York.

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DETROIT (WKOW) -- The cream-filled golden cakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.

Hostess Brands Inc., baker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Ho Ho's, will be in a New York bankruptcy courtroom Monday to start the process of selling to a new owner. The company, weighed down by debt, management issues, rising labor costs, and changing tastes of America, decided on Friday that it could not make it through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Instead, it's asking the court for permission to sell assets and go out of business.

But with high brand recognition and $2.5 billion in annual revenue, other companies are interested in bidding for at least pieces of Hostess.

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