Thread Number: 71889  /  Tag: Recipes, Cooking Accessories
Oh, ALDI, how could you?!
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Post# 951038   8/1/2017 at 08:08 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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One great thing about ALDI is house brands that defy the downsizing of nationally advertised brand like frozen potato products (French fries, "'tater tots") in 2-pound bags instead of 28 ounces.  Breakfast sausage chubs were still a full pound last time I checked.  Fresh Italian sausage and Bratwurst are a generous 19 ounces.


Sad to say, not every square foot is immune.  Ice cream was most likely shrunk to 48 ounces from a half-gallon long ago but now the coffee aisle is feeling the squeeze.


Fewer ounces, fewer cups, less buzz for your buck.  Witness the horror by checking the View Full Size box.


Oh, ALDI, how could you?!


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Post# 951041 , Reply# 1   8/1/2017 at 08:25 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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"We have found many of our customers prefer the smaller size can because its easier to hold."

..."And we have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale."

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Post# 951056 , Reply# 2   8/1/2017 at 09:21 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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I think that's happening everywhere.. It's ridiculous... Why not increase prices instead of being that sneaky

Post# 951067 , Reply# 3   8/1/2017 at 10:38 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
"I think that's happening everywhere.."

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Indeed so.

I was in a Poundstretcher discount store a couple of months ago and I did a 'double take' - a packet of Daz (and possibly Surf too) with 6 washes!

I presumed they were meant for the holidaymakers, but still, I wouldn't put it past the manufacturers to reduce their packs on a wider basis.


Post# 951107 , Reply# 4   8/1/2017 at 14:04 by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Supermarkets still advertise Haagen-Dazs "pints" . .

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. . . which have been 14 ounces for the last few years.

Post# 951123 , Reply# 5   8/1/2017 at 15:07 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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many boxes of pasta are no longer 1lb.....most decreased to 12 ounces

seen sugar dropped down to a 4lb bag too.....

probably the only thing that makes sense is hotdogs used to be 10 to a pack, and yet rolls came as an 8 hotdogs are in 8's as well, yet the price hasn't dropped...

Post# 951135 , Reply# 6   8/1/2017 at 15:24 by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
To be expected

Marketing researchers have said time and time again that the general public prefers downsizing to a direct cash price increase.

.........."And so it goes." ~ Kurt Vonnegut.


Post# 951165 , Reply# 7   8/1/2017 at 19:32 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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There's a term for this downsizing. It's called "shrinkflation". To make matters worse, sometimes the reduced size is hidden by those extra-sneaky companies...


like this Toblerone chocolate bar...

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Post# 951199 , Reply# 8   8/2/2017 at 00:50 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The food companies are offering their foods in the convenient downsized "GYP-YOU" packages-just give me a pound of whatever,I will pay the price.This nonsense needs to stop!

Post# 951210 , Reply# 9   8/2/2017 at 04:25 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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Twintubdexter- I love Toblerone but now when they’ve changed it I stopped buying it.. it looks so weird lol

Post# 951302 , Reply# 10   8/2/2017 at 13:52 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
There's a thin silver lining.

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ALDI has always sold imported Italian bronze-cut pasta in 1-pound bags and they've added organic 100% whole wheat spaghetti from Italy in a 1-pound box, so most of the time you don't need to tweak an heirloom recipe to accommodate less of the main ingredient.

Post# 951313 , Reply# 11   8/2/2017 at 16:49 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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That looks a very cheap and nasty trick, and the customer won't know until they open it.

Mind you, it is to be expected. Toblerone is owned by Kraft offshoot, Mondelez - who also own - surprise, surprise - Cadbury's and Terry's.

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