Hostess Brands attracts interest

Hostess Brands, the bankrupt maker of Twinkies snack cakes, received court permission to wind down its 82-year-old business yesterday but revealed “furious” interest in its iconic brands from potential buyers. Around 110 potential bidders have contacted the company about bidding for at least part of its business, and 70 had enough interest to sign confidentiality agreements, Hostess’ banker told the hearing in White Plains, New York.