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Downsized: Food Container Sizes Reduced, Prices Have Not
Blog ^ | 1/24/2011 | Blog

Posted on 01/24/2011 7:55:30 PM PST by wrrock

It's not your imagination.

Orange juice is not going as far as it used to. Same for toilet paper. Dish soap. And cheese slices.

You are making more trips to the store.

In fact, a Consumer Reports investigation found that while many products have reduced their packaging size; their prices have actually increased.

It how businesses are dealing with higher prices for wholesale food and energy. Instead of raising prices significantly, companies are shrinking the packaging.

They are hoping you do not notice too much.

Consumer Reports (paid subscription required) first noticed the trend when they started hearing complains about higher toilet paper prices despite smaller packaging. Their investigation identified many other products.

Here is a complete rundown of Consumer Reports findings...

(Excerpt) Read more at saladchefreviews.org ...


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1 posted on 01/24/2011 7:55:33 PM PST by wrrock
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To: wrrock

Yeah, at Sav-a-Lot they replaced the 5 pound bags of sugar with 64oz bags of sugar. I didn’t notice the price dropping 20%.


2 posted on 01/24/2011 7:58:10 PM PST by aruanan
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To: wrrock

Well the added benefit is a reduction in consumption of calories.

We eat too much anyway. /S


3 posted on 01/24/2011 7:58:19 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: wrrock

They started this YEARS ago with 13 oz coffee tins in place of 1 lb...


4 posted on 01/24/2011 8:01:05 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: wrrock

My Yuban Coffee was 44oz. and it’s now 33oz. AND the price rose by $2.00. The government elites might fool themselves, but every shopper knows the truth about inflation.


5 posted on 01/24/2011 8:01:25 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (Don't make me use uppercase.)
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To: wrrock

I’ve noticed... especially with ice cream. The containers are much smaller and sale prices use to be two for five dollars and maybe they are now two for six dollars. I’ve also seen pasta 12 oz. instead of 16 oz (1 lb). Spaghetti sauce is also smaller. Just a thought


6 posted on 01/24/2011 8:02:21 PM PST by momtothree
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To: wrrock
Campbell's Soup bastards. Even toilet paper has reduced it's width on the roll by about 3/8 of an inch. By doing so, they get one more roll space per parent roll cut.

My wife brought home 3oz cups of yogurt last week. I told her Karen Carpenter and Annie Rexia don't eat at our house! I mean who the hell eats a 3oz cup of yogurt? That's three tablespoons!

7 posted on 01/24/2011 8:02:24 PM PST by blackdog
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To: wrrock

If they shrink some of the cereal boxes any more, they’ll be the size of the individual package. Wendy’s has been doing this too for a long time with their sandwiches.


8 posted on 01/24/2011 8:02:34 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: wrrock

I ordered this action: It's for your own good.

9 posted on 01/24/2011 8:02:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: wrrock

The last time I went shopping I noticed a couple of items had changed from 16 oz to 14. I have been sitting here trying to think of what they were but have a mental block.


10 posted on 01/24/2011 8:03:14 PM PST by yarddog
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To: wrrock

yeah, heard Walmart started the universal shrinking of goods forcing the lower payments. That’s how they make 29million an hour.


11 posted on 01/24/2011 8:03:45 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: wrrock

We like del monte fruit naturals. The container went from 8 oz to 7 but the price stayed the same. Same thing with ice cream. Our local store brags that its carton has 1.75 qt when all the big names are just 1.5. Of course 2 qt used to be the standard.

The downsizing of paper towels was annoying because we have a wall mounted holder. The slight decrease in size caused them to keep falling off the towel holder, which was designed for the old size.


12 posted on 01/24/2011 8:04:31 PM PST by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: wrrock

Besides the inflated prices it is actually a headache for recipes now you have to buy 2 of something because of it or use less and alter the taste if you can do that, some things don’t turn out right if you try to skimp. Thanks a lot banana ben bernanke.


13 posted on 01/24/2011 8:05:36 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: blackdog

I was half-watching some fat show at my parent’s house the other night. The lady helping the fat woman at the grocery store held up one of those small Ben and Jerry/Haagen-daz type containers of icecream and asked her how long one of those would last her. The fat lady looked at her like she was crazy. I guess we are to believe it would take a skinny person a couple of weeks to go through one of those tiny containers.


14 posted on 01/24/2011 8:07:16 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: aruanan

Ice cream started doing that a long time ago.


15 posted on 01/24/2011 8:09:00 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: freedumb2003

agree with you, this is not new..sugar used to come in 5 pound bags, haven’t been in 5 lb bags for years. Its 4 pounds. I guess if your old :O) you notice things.


16 posted on 01/24/2011 8:09:01 PM PST by goat granny
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To: wrrock

Ah, that is just an illusion.


17 posted on 01/24/2011 8:09:12 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: wrrock

Just for fun, check out the width of toilet paper. My hubby said that something is wrong with this roll. The roll had as many sheets but was not as wide as usual.


18 posted on 01/24/2011 8:12:46 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: wrrock

Even blog excerpts are getting shorter.


19 posted on 01/24/2011 8:13:29 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: goat granny

I buy sugar in 50 lb. bags ... they haven’t downsized. Got three of them stored for when TSHTF. It is one of those things that I haven’t figured out how to produce myself.


20 posted on 01/24/2011 8:14:42 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: wrrock

Even worse, stealth inflation !


21 posted on 01/24/2011 8:15:08 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: wrrock
I saw this coming in the 60’s when candy bars jumped from 5 cents to 10. (not kidding) Sure, they got bigger... but not twice as big. :(
22 posted on 01/24/2011 8:15:22 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: wrrock; humblegunner; Eaker; shibumi

Okay, seriously?? You lifted your blog word-for-word from this blog!

http://www.packagingdigest.com/article/512158-Consumer_Reports_exposes_shrinking_packages.php


23 posted on 01/24/2011 8:16:36 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: stilloftyhenight

The last ‘big’ can of coffee I purchased at Walmart had dropped to 27.8 oz from a previous 34.7 oz.

The ‘large’ can used to be 48 oz or 3 pounds — 25 years ago.


24 posted on 01/24/2011 8:17:23 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: wrrock

Wait...you mean you can’t print prosperity?


25 posted on 01/24/2011 8:17:41 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: wrrock

I was noticing last summer.

Been keeping an eye out for when more size decrease/price increases hits, buying what I can store NOW. Been doing that for awhile.


26 posted on 01/24/2011 8:19:06 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: wrrock

Better yet, how about both of your blogs just linking to the Consumer Reports original article? Same info, but not filtered through your regurgiblog.

http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2011/01/cr-finds-more-products-are-getting-smaller.html


27 posted on 01/24/2011 8:20:05 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Bronzy

That was one of the items I noticed.

Not only are they making the sheet sizes smaller, the roll length is getting shorter too.


28 posted on 01/24/2011 8:22:45 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: wrrock; kristinn; paltz; Clinton's a liar; Trueblackman; icwhatudo
Quantitative easing at work. That 2 percent official rate* is total bullsh*t.

*or however low it currently is

29 posted on 01/24/2011 8:24:01 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

yikes, thats a lot of sugar...:O) I live alone and it would take a year to go through that...Sugar was so high in price a decade or so ago, that restaurants wouldn’t even put in on the tables for about a year. Thats when I noticed 4 pound bags instead of 5 pound. It was quite a while ago, could have even been more than 10 years ago.


30 posted on 01/24/2011 8:27:17 PM PST by goat granny
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To: wrrock

I’ve been noticing this for a number of years with coffee being the first. Product sizes have been shrinking. I am waiting for a dozen eggs to only contain 10.


31 posted on 01/24/2011 8:28:24 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Larry Lucido

>>Even blog excerpts are getting shorter.<<

Yes they


32 posted on 01/24/2011 8:29:58 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: wrrock

I notice....


33 posted on 01/24/2011 8:31:58 PM PST by cherry
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To: TruthConquers

Good for us with all the government regs. We can read the packaging specs and know what we are buying. Now we can make sensible decisions such as narrow with added length or wider with less length.


34 posted on 01/24/2011 8:32:28 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: freedumb2003

cottage cheese....the large size used to be 32oz....not...28oz...


35 posted on 01/24/2011 8:33:46 PM PST by cherry
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To: goat granny
Yep, it was between 1975 and 1980. Completely destroyed the moonshine business in the South. They couldn't afford the sugar for the mash.

Of course, they all started growing marijuana instead . . . .

36 posted on 01/24/2011 8:34:27 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: wrrock

This article mentions an average of $350 or so per month for groceries. Is that for one person? We spend about $1200 a month, serious, but that is for a couple of teen boys and four other people. Also we never eat out. I thought we were keeping it pretty low! Am I spending too much?


37 posted on 01/24/2011 8:36:47 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: TruthConquers

unit pricing is helpful....compare, compare...compare....the food giants have to learn that for most things we’ll go for the cheaper item...


38 posted on 01/24/2011 8:39:51 PM PST by cherry
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To: Persevero
We spend about $1200 a month, serious, but that is for a couple of teen boys and four other people. Also we never eat out. I thought we were keeping it pretty low! Am I spending too much?

Yes.

39 posted on 01/24/2011 8:39:58 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: wrrock

Geez, I went throught this same thing during Jimmy Carter’s term...everything old is new again.


40 posted on 01/24/2011 8:42:15 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: wrrock

This has been going on for years. The really telling point for me was when they changed Ice Cream containers and the previous container was five quarts, but the new container is almost down to four quarts. But even the size of bread loaves has been adjusted downward. Another tactic is to reduce to near nothing any ingredient which is expensive (like real vanilla) and substitute an artifical copy (vanilla flavoring?... a chemical that just happens to taste like vanilla!). I noticed that one ten years ago, with frozen key lime pie.


41 posted on 01/24/2011 8:45:28 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: wrrock
Hey, they're even doing this with firearms!

Standard sidearm use to be .45 caliber. Now it's 9mm or .40 caliber! And, the guns cost more!

42 posted on 01/24/2011 8:46:39 PM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: momtothree
Use Newman's Own Sockarooni sauce, you won't care. It is so much better, you'll pay whatever they put on it! I use the stuff as a marinara on anything, even in dip for football games. Even if you could figure out all the ingredients and the proportions, you couldn't for what they sell it for. I wish he was still alive. Good man. Unassuming philanthropist.
43 posted on 01/24/2011 8:48:56 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: wrrock

The only thing getting better are Obamas poll #s

Frankly I dont understand it.
It is like there is mass delusion going on.

Someone pass the SOMA....


44 posted on 01/24/2011 8:49:05 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Well I was only off by 25 years..at my age that’s close. Jimmy Carter stikes again, moonshiners sad..


45 posted on 01/24/2011 8:49:15 PM PST by goat granny
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To: huldah1776
yeah, heard Walmart started the universal shrinking of goods forcing the lower payments. That’s how they make 29million an hour.

IIRC, Walmart doesn't tolerate their suppliers making packages bigger while keeping the same or less amount of food inside. And a big part of Walmart's success probably has to do with them being one of the largest non-government users of technology in the world.

46 posted on 01/24/2011 8:49:43 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: blackdog

Campbell’s is ridiculous as of late.
They have more than quadrupled the price of some of the offerings.


47 posted on 01/24/2011 8:54:24 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: TomGuy

Did you notice how the container industry has helped this by ‘innovating’ the new ‘handle stamped into the shape’ containers which reduce the volume for contents in measured amounts? I try to clip them back by making ‘cannisters’ out of the palstic popoff lid containers with built in handles. Keep my coffee beans in the original bag, but store then in the ‘Folgers’ handle cannister/container. I store pantry amounts of wheat and oat flour, sugar, cake flour, and two types of rice in these pop off plastic containers. If critters are a problem, place a sheet of clingy plastic wrap on top before closing the lid.


48 posted on 01/24/2011 8:55:51 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: wrrock

20 sodas in a case? Unamerican!


49 posted on 01/24/2011 8:56:39 PM PST by TankerKC (Part of the Soros funded Blog Police.)
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To: mylife

The kneepad wearing media whores are faking the popularity polls for barry the bastard. The fools want the Republic to fail so they can high five that they are so effective.


50 posted on 01/24/2011 8:58:09 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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