I went to the grocery store this morning to pick up a few items. One of the things I grabbed was a 16 oz. tub of Old Home plain yogurt. I use this for soaking oatmeal per the instructions in Nourishing Traditions.
I opened the tub this evening while preparing tomorrow’s breakfast and noticed the tub wasn’t filled up all the way. There was about an inch of headspace from the looks of it. I suspected something was up and grabbed the food scale. Sure enough, my 16 ounce tub of yogurt weighed 13.15 ounces, including the tub. So, I got 82 % of the product I paid for. Welcome to stealth inflation, folks.
I’ve noticed more and more weird sizes at the grocery store lately… I got a 29 oz. can of tomatoes that probably used to be 32 oz. sometime in the near past. Food producers are getting squeezed by rising costs, so instead of raising prices and causing a general outcry, more and more of them are quietly cutting the amount of product being sold and leaving the price the same. The idea must be that most people won’t notice, and that’s probably true.
The next time you had out to purchase groceries, make a quick note of the sizes of the cans, jugs or tubs of food you’re buying. You might find some interesting discrepancies or oddities like I did today.