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Old 05-03-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I used to like Barber Food's frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu, it could be baked in the toaster oven and was a nice quick meal with a veggie and/or salad. They cut the potion size and I no longer buy it, one's too little and two's too much.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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I'm still mad about ice cream and pizza. I remember when a large pizza was almost double the size of what is considered large today and ice cream was 1/2 gallon size. Both have shrunk considerably but the price remained the same or actually increased.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:21 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I noticed recently that Penzey's has shrunk the weights at which they sell their Ground Ancho Chili. The 1# bag now holds 14.4 oz. The former 4 oz. bag now weighs in at 3.6 oz. I imagine they're doing it with other spices.

https://www.penzeys.com/online-catal...und/c-24/p-896
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Ironically, the wholesalers and restaurant suppliers probably sell in the proper sizes (can't downsize a #10 can without throwing off recipes / servings)... and probably at a better price per unit, as well.
Back in the 1970s-80s, food co-ops were buying in bulk and repackaging food for members.
But they disappeared. Or distributors wouldn't sell to them.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Meat and vegetables are pro-rated at price per weight, so I don't see package size shrinking so much as the per-pound prices going up, which they do regardless of pricing strategy. Since that is about 80% of my diet, I don't worry too much. If something like bell peppers or rotisserie chickens are being sold at a fixed price, I try to select the biggest, plumpest ones.

When I buy a packaged processed snack like chips or the odd frozen pizza, I can always content myself with the fact that the new, smaller size means I am eating less preservative and salt laden crap which are the types of foods that are subject to this downsizing phenomenon.
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Old 05-03-2017, 02:02 PM
 
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I'd rather pay the extra price than get the smaller container. As others have said, recipes become impossible.
Zataran's jambalaya says to mix the box ingredients with one pound of sliced sausage. Sausages are now sold in 12-14 ounce sizes. Old baking recipe calls for one 5 ounce box Jello pudding mix. Jello pudding is now sold in 3.4 ounce boxes.
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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The only brand of ice cream I will buy is Edy's and I remember when they went from a 1/2 gallon to 1.75 qt.'s (briefly) to the current 1.5 qt.'s with the price not going down at all. I keep my eye for it to be on sale and can then get it for $3 to $3.50 a tub (1.5 qt). Regular price is $6.50 or so and there's no way I am paying that.
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Old 05-05-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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i'd rather pay the extra price than get the smaller container. As others have said, recipes become impossible.
Zataran's jambalaya says to mix the box ingredients with one pound of sliced sausage. Sausages are now sold in 12-14 ounce sizes. Old baking recipe calls for one 5 ounce box jello pudding mix. Jello pudding is now sold in 3.4 ounce boxes.
bingo!!
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I was at my neighbors house yesterday and she was giving her 7 year old son Chips Ahoy cookies. Boy did they get smaller! I hadn't had them in over 15 years. I ate one but was shocked at how much smaller they are since I was a kid.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:53 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Latest victim of the Amazing Grocery Store Shrink-Ray that I have noticed, a 1/2 gal. of juice is now 52 ounces (Florida's Natural). I don't usually buy juice but a house guest wanted some. Didn't notice til we got home.
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