Welcome to Display Solutions Group in Chandler, AZ


What We Can Learn From the Twinkie’s Sweet Comeback

Question: How many Twinkies have you eaten this past month?

Answer: Probably not as many as we have.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the beloved cream-filled sponge cakes are back in the stores, and the sorrowful demise of the Twinkie is now history. After months off the shelves, Hostess relaunched their major brands last month with a campaign they called The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever.

Failure is not always the end of the world, and second chances exist. Here are some takeaways from the Twinkie’s successful re-emergence back into the marketplace.

Simple works.
Why do people have such a sentimental bond with the Twinkie? It could be partly due to its 82-year history. But it’s also likely due to the Twinkie’s simplicity. It’s a combination of two basic elements—sponge cake and vanilla cream. Kind of like the M&M. People tend to respond to simplicity.

Adapt and streamline when necessary.
The new Twinkie now has a longer shelf life (45 days), a smaller size and way fewer jobs. The new Hostess employs 1,500 nonunion workers. The old Hostess had 15,000 union members on its payroll. The company also plans to use just four of its eleven factories. The company says it can make the cuts and still hit the same capacity as the old version.

Listen to your customers.
The triumphant return of Twinkies is also a victory for social media. When Hostess went bankrupt and Twinkies disappeared, consumers retorted through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Apollo Global Management listened and today Twinkies are back. The lesson? Pay attention to the consumers in your networks and find out what products they want and need. Social media gives them a clear voice.

And FYI: The previous owners of the Hostess brand did try to respond to America’s cry for “healthier” junk food last summer (before they declared bankruptcy) when they introduced a lighter and leaner Twinkie. A single spongy treat now has 135 calories and weighs 38.5 grams, compared to the traditional Twinkie, which weighed in at 42.5 grams and had 150 calories. The change may not have saved the previous owners from bankruptcy, but the new brand owners are packaging the slimmed-down Twinkie, so you can snack without guilt and those extra whopping 15 calories.


Thank you for visiting Display Solutions. We look forward to serving your graphics and signage needs with a comprehensive product line and experienced design staff. Please take a moment to visit our product gallery where you will find examples of our completed projects which include monument signs, exterior fascia signs, both illuminated and non-illuminated, colonnade signs, promotional graphics, window and vehicle graphics as well as digitally printed banners and A Frame signs.

To request a free estimate or get help with a project, visit our Products or Services areas, or check out the gallery of signs and banners we have completed. To download useful software and find helpful information, search Resources & Support. To learn more about us, browse through our Company Information section. We love hearing from our clients, so please share any suggestions or ideas to improve our site by clicking on "contact us" at the top of the page.

An easy-to-use pulldown menu, search engine, and link to our contact form appear on each page. As well, feel free to go to the Search tab at any time if you're having trouble locating a particular item.

Ask a Question. Are you uncertain about whether or not we offer a particular product or service? Do you have a question about something specific to our industry? Or maybe you just can't find what you're looking for on our site? Or you can call us at 480 286 2320.

Enjoy your visit!

Display Solutions Group provides customized brand enhancement through the design and turnkey product management of business identity items such as signs and graphics. Offerings include large format printing for commercial and corporate interiors and illuminated exterior signage. We serve Phoenix Metro and the surrounding cities like Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale & Glendale and we also serve Tucson. For additional information, contact Tim McCloskey at 480 286 2320 or tmccloskey@displaysolutionsgroup.biz