The Peoria Journal Star reported Friday that Hostess Brands is getting ready to sell its bread brands to Flowers Foods. Which might be good news for Peoria’s southside bakery.
“According to the list I have, the Peoria plant is included as one of those” 20 bakeries and 38 bread depots involved in the sale, Flowers spokesman Keith Hancock said Friday night, referring to the plant at 1511 W. Lincoln Ave.. It closed in November after more than 100 years in operation.
Presumably, if Thomasville, Georgia-based Flowers Foods can pass all hurdles and becomes owner of Butternut, Wonderbread and other brands, then the Peoria bakery seems likely to restart operations by late winter or early spring. Which is a good thing as ten carloads of bulk wheat flour await unloading at the Tazewell & Peoria Railroad’s Creve Coeur Team Track.
- David P. Jordan