Friday, July 11, 2008

CORPORADOS PACKING LESS IN SAME SIZE BOXES

MSNBC - With fuel and delivery costs rising, food manufacturers are faced with raising their prices or giving you less, and it seems that less is the growing trend. . . Tod Marks, senior editor for retailing at Consumer Reports, says you're not imagining things. What the consumer protection Web site Consumerist.com calls the Grocery Shrink Ray is hitting products all over the store. The practice is called short-sizing, and it's becoming increasingly common to shrink how much stuff goes into the same old box to keep costs down. . .

Inspectors found two boxes of Stop & Shop brand shredded wheat cereal in supermarkets. One was 19 ounces. The newer one was 18 ounces. The boxes were identical, as were the prices. . . General Mills made a similar move earlier this year. NBC News found two boxes of the company's Cheerios cereal on sale in a New York supermarket. Both were $3.39. One was 10 ounces; the newer one was 8.9 ounces.

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