Monday, April 4, 2011

That Empty Feeling

A fellow was fit to be tied:
"How the food makers subtly misguide!
While the price has held steady
Per box of spaghetti,
There's not as much noodle inside."  

This week, Limericks Économiques looks at food inflation.  You've probably noticed that those grocery items that have not gotten pricier have gotten smaller. This phenomenon was documented behind the paywall of the New York Times by Stephanie Clifford and Catherine Rampell. They quote one mother of nine who, only after the pasta dinner came up a bit short, noticed that the boxes that once contained 16 ounces now only held 13.25.  In this way,  food processors hope to mitigate the perception of the unavoidable passing of higher costs along to the consumer.

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