Local businesses scrambling to find bread during Hostess cri - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local businesses scrambling to find bread during Hostess crisis

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

As Hostess Brands Inc. tries to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge ordered them to take the critical step of private mediation with its second largest labor union, local businesses who depend on their products have been scrambling to find another supplier.

Missy Yates, owner of KD's Diner, found out her deliveries of Holsum and Wonder Bread, products under the Hostess Brand, stopped coming on Saturday.

"I was watching the LSU game and an employee called and said we were almost out of bread which never happens here. So, I called my bread guy who has been delivering my bread for 20 years and he told me that he was let go on Friday and that he would not be able to deliver my bread ever," said Yates.

Yates went to several local supermarkets and stores and cleared the shelves of the bread she's been using for years.

"I made several trips and got the breads I needed for our 24-hour operation. We make poboys and serve toast with almost all our breakfast meals and you have to have the bread customers are used to. Being consistent is very important. You can't change it up on the customers," said Yates.

Yates said she made a call to bread and bakery distributor Evangeline Maid in Sulphur. Yates was not the only one calling Evangeline Maid.

"We've been inundated with phone calls since Friday from businesses who need bread. The only way to describe the demand is like it was after Hurricane Rita. The phones have not stopped ringing with people who are trying to get it delivered before they run out," said Mike Farley, Evangeline Maid.

Farley said they have calls coming from Cameron, where they have not previously done business.

Meanwhile, Yates said Evangeline came to her rescue and has her first delivery scheduled for Friday. As for Evangeline Maid, they are taking it one day at a time with the influx of business.

"It's a good problem to have. Monday was the first day we made a lot of extra deliveries. A lot of businesses understand we have a schedule to keep and are really working with us. We are taking it day by day and expect to grow our business," said Farley. "We are humbly grateful for getting the business but at the same time know the competitors. I have known a couple of them who have lost a lot of what they had and what they built. So, it's bittersweet."

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