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Interview with a Bimbo Truck Driver

This is an update regarding the recent closure of 13 Bimbo bread and baked-goods outlet stores in Southern California. About 5 of those stores were in San Diego County, located in north, south, east, west, and inland cities. (A March 30 Stringer article reported the closures.)

This morning, April 12, I happened upon a friendly Bimbo driver (name withheld) servicing a tiendita in Rainbow. Asked about the closures, he told me they were because of “overhead,” such as rent and the cost of store employees’ union wages and benefits. The company hasn’t given their employees an official reason for the closures, but the driver said they believe it was because the stores were no longer considered profitable.

The driver also explained what is now happening to all the leftover Bimbo products. He denied that they are being wholesale marketed in Mexico. Instead, the driver told me on “return to the depot” items are “counted, then sent to the dump.” Perhaps, he said, “Fed to cows or pigs.”

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This is an update regarding the recent closure of 13 Bimbo bread and baked-goods outlet stores in Southern California. About 5 of those stores were in San Diego County, located in north, south, east, west, and inland cities. (A March 30 Stringer article reported the closures.)

This morning, April 12, I happened upon a friendly Bimbo driver (name withheld) servicing a tiendita in Rainbow. Asked about the closures, he told me they were because of “overhead,” such as rent and the cost of store employees’ union wages and benefits. The company hasn’t given their employees an official reason for the closures, but the driver said they believe it was because the stores were no longer considered profitable.

The driver also explained what is now happening to all the leftover Bimbo products. He denied that they are being wholesale marketed in Mexico. Instead, the driver told me on “return to the depot” items are “counted, then sent to the dump.” Perhaps, he said, “Fed to cows or pigs.”

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This is more information on a topic that needed some reportage. But come on, a nameless Bimbo driver in Rainbow is not going to long remain nameless. How many Bimbo trucks deliver there? I'd guess one and only one.

In SD County, Bimbo had FIVE of those outlets, not four as previously reported. They collectively moved a lot of bread and pastries at reduced prices. Now we're being told, sort of, that all that quantity of baked goods that remains unsold after a week or so will go to the dump. All that leftover bread and baked products amounted to many tens of thousands of dollars worth every week. I mean, they were operating over a dozen such stores in southern California, including the five here. They may have not been highly profitable, based on how a person might view that, but they did move a large quantity of product every week. Just because some overage bread comes off the shelf and heads back home does not mean that it is useless, really stale, or worthless. It is worth quite a lot. And just shuffling it off to the landfill or to someone who wants to convert it into hog swill cannot realize the true value.

All that bread and all those cakes, donuts, and cookies should be sent somewhere that they can be used. If they're being fed to hogs, they are being wasted. And I still cannot imagine why Bimbo decided to go this route. If all those whole-grain loaves and the other stuff are being discarded, that is disgrace. That bread and the other treats could keep many homeless folks afloat for months and years to come. What a waste this all is.

April 14, 2011

All that bread and all those cakes, donuts, and cookies should be sent somewhere that they can be used

Trader Joe's gave away ALL out of code baked goods to charity, they came by everyday and we had it all ready for them.

April 14, 2011

I wonder which band will be driving around the country touring in their Bimbo truck?

April 14, 2011

hahahahahahahahahaha

April 17, 2011

i'll make an offer on that Bimbo truck!!! ;-D

April 15, 2011

Ill go in on it with you Nan!

April 16, 2011

OK...the triumphirate is engaged and ready to hit the road to a Teddy Bears picnic...with plenty Bimbo sammiches to feed the crowd..the pupster..Rails and me bouncing along with Rails playing the perfect songs for the occasion

i'm liken this idea!!! ;-D

so considering Ellsberg name was dropped...is the picnic in Julian this year???

April 17, 2011

Wow, Nan!!!! I hadn't thought of that song in years. Thanks!

By the way, this year's picnic has been moved to (friggin') Bangor, Maine, just in time for the arrival of the new and improved SuperBimbo!. Lobstah is on the menu this yeah. We'll be lookin' for ya.

April 18, 2011

I would PAY to have that cute little bear on my ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 15, 2011

Is your comment expressing inter-breed love?

I would marry the Bimbo Bear!

April 16, 2011

Oops, I forgot to heed Surfpup's great advice about posting hyperlinks:

Teddy Bear's Picnic

. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZANKF... .

Thanks, SP!

April 18, 2011

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