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Shrinkflation
« on: 12-03-18, 07:39PM »
Prompted by a recent news article (and notsofunny).

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/shrinkflation-10-food-products-have-got-smaller-since-brexit/

Completely agree with notsofunny as there are more than several items in my shopping that I 'decant' into other containers, they no longer fill those containers to the level they did.

Is it known whether shrinkflation is taken into account when food inflation figures are calculated ?
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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #1 on: 12-03-18, 08:26PM »
Shrinkflation has been going on for years, it is everything to do with exploiting consumers for commercial gain and nothing to do with Brexit - that's just more political scaremongering. It was being reported 5 years ago before Brexit was even an issue;-
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2319424/Products-getting-smaller-price-pay-stays-same.html

Every single year, when manufacturers and retailers get caught at it they always attribute it to the latest political fad to perversely justify the practice. In 2013, Snickers and Mars chocolate bars were shrunk for the second time in five years “to help Britain’s obesity crisis”. Each bar lost 10g as part of Mars UK’s pledge to have a maximum 250 calories in each of its products. However, the price of the bars remained the same, equivalent to a 12% rise in the price of a Mars bar and it was nothing but Newspeak for us to be told it was good for us.

To blame it on Brexit is more of the same utter nonsense, it is confectionary products that are the worst culprits yet the European import price of sugar sank to its lowest level on record last year, while cocoa prices have dropped sharply since record highs in 2015. The 'blame it on Brexit' claim is debunked very well here;-
https://inews.co.uk/news/chocolate-bars-really-getting-smaller-dont-blame-brexit/

Just don't get me started on the impending sugar tax....
« Last Edit: 12-03-18, 08:33PM by OvaSees »

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #2 on: 12-03-18, 08:47PM »
No shrinkflation is not taken into account. Never was. All over the world ppl try to measure it but its to hard.
Look at colmans range. https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/4133298/colmans-shrinks-the-size-of-its-tartare-sauce-jars-by-100ml-but-doesnt-adjust-price-to-match-reduction/

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #3 on: 13-03-18, 09:25AM »
So it is probable that the inflation figure released by the government is totally inaccurate, as far as food inflation is concerned.
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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #4 on: 13-03-18, 09:52AM »
I think most things have got smaller. When we first started receiving toilet rolls at my DC, we struggled to get them in the warehouse because the pallets were double stacked. Now they come through the door comfortably even though there is the same amount on the pallet. Also we are constantly having to re-measure/weigh products because we are informed of a size change. They nearly always are lighter than previously.

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #5 on: 13-03-18, 11:40AM »
It has been the same scenario for years they shrink the size of the product and charge same/more.

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/business/tesco-accused-of-ripping-off-customers-after-toilet-rolls-appear-to-shrink-1-7787938

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #6 on: 24-03-18, 09:45AM »
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/690957/Tesco-Asda-Thorntons-Nestle-Cadbury-chocolate-Easter-Eggs-shrink-price

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Pouches of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs have gone down from 460g last year to 421g but are still £4.

Rival Nestle has cut the size of its Smarties Mini Eggs from 100g to 90g but they are still priced at £1 in Tesco and Asda.

Chocolate giant Thorntons is also using the same tactic in its stores.

The Thorntons Classic Egg was 294g 12 months ago but now weighs in at 258g.

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Ratula Chakraborty, senior lecturer in business management at the University of East Anglia, blasted the tactics.

She said: "Regulatory intervention is needed to tackle shrinkflation.

“The CMA should require retailers to inform consumers when product sizes (are reduced) so they are not misled by these sneaky changes.”
I agree 100%
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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #7 on: 24-03-18, 01:08PM »
I agree it should be regulated, the government (and that is any party) would side with the the corporations as they 'plead poverty'.

Only mass boycott would have any impact, but most are brainwashed sheep.
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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #8 on: 24-03-18, 01:43PM »
Government/companies would claim to be fighting obesity and doing us all a favour !

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #9 on: 24-03-18, 04:10PM »
I agree it should be regulated, the government (and that is any party) would side with the the corporations as they 'plead poverty'.

Only mass boycott would have any impact, but most are brainwashed sheep.

Mass boycott  ??? ??? I hope you don't mean we stop eating till things get sorted  ;) ,

One thing they could do in regards to telling us when they make something smaller , is do what they do when they are giving us say 10% more free , they should be made to place a raping saying 10% less ,or saying now 10% than before for the same higher price , 8-) ,

Any one ever counted the nuts in a wholenut bar ? its just that they seem to have less in them :o :(

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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #10 on: 24-03-18, 05:36PM »
If  you wish to stop eating that's your choice. Easter Eggs would be the preferred boycott unless you wish to be a Martyr.
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Re: Shrinkflation
« Reply #11 on: 24-03-18, 05:50PM »
this shrinkflation seems to work for union general secretaries too


As they get older they shrink but cost us more :D
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