The Hungry Man Eats

Size Does Matter

Wall of Spices

It’s no secret that food manufacturers have been shrinking the sizes of most all foods and drinks for a number of years now.

Let us pause in remembrance of some of the size packages that are no longer with us:

  • 8 oz. cups of yogurt
  • 32 oz. jars of mayonnaise and spaghetti sauce
  • Half gallon cartons of ice cream
  • Half gallon cartons of orange juice
  • 5 lb. bags of sugar

So what has taken the place of our dearly departed friends?

  • 6 oz. cups of yogurt, or even less should you partake in consuming the abomination known as “whipped yogurt”
  • 28-30 oz. jars of mayo, 24 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce
  • 48 oz. cartons of ice cream
  • 59 oz. orange juice cartons
  • 4 lb. bags of sugar

There are plenty of other examples out there, you may not even notice when the switcheroo has been pulled because you aren’t likely to have two of the same product in your pantry at the same time when a switch occurs. I happened to have one, look at the picture up top and then take a look at the picture below. At the top, we have a wall of spices at my local market, notice how a few of them mixed in are larger. Below we have two shakers of crushed red pepper flakes, the one on the left is the older shaker, and it contains 2.12 oz. (60g) of red pepper. On the right we have the new shaker which contains only 1.75 oz. (49g).

Big Pepper Little Pepper

This leads us into pointing out some of the benefits to the shrinkage epidemic:

  • Better for the environment, a good bit less plastic is used in making that smaller shaker.
  • Better for your health, smaller packages will sometimes lead to eating less of whatever was in that smaller package.
  • More space to store food as your food packages shrink (yeah, that’s a bit of a stretch for a positive.)
  • Less of a chance for your food to go bad, you will finish the smaller package off sooner.

Before we go, a math lesson to show that you are paying more anyway, both now and in the long run:

48 oz.* 5 cartons = 240 oz. but 64 oz. * 4 cartons = 256 oz.

The math above shows that you would have to buy 5 cartons of ice cream at 48 oz. per carton and still be short 16 oz. from the amount you would have had with purchasing just 4 cartons at 64 oz. each. Suppose the cartons were $4.00 each, you will spend $20.00 and still be a pound short on ice cream from what used to cost you only $16.00 to get.

When the food manufacturers use the excuse that they did not want to raise the price, make sure you see the truth behind that statement, you may be paying the same amount, but you get less as a result, so you really are paying more since you do not get as much in return.

What do you think? Would you rather pay more to get the same amount of food you used to or would you rather pay the same amount to get less?

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