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In a Hedbergian twist (you’re robbing me of chocolate!) to these recessionary times, the LA Times reports that a number of major food manufacturers have started covertly shrinking the sizes of their products to avoid hiking up prices. Says the Times:

It is hard to spot what happened this year in the peanut butter aisles of local supermarkets.But a careful look at the jars of Skippy on the shelves may reveal a surprise. The prices are about the same, but the jars are getting smaller.  

They don’t look different in size or shape. But recently, the jars developed a dimple in the bottom that slices the contents to 16.3 ounces from 18 ounces — about 10% less peanut butter.

The only way to know you are buying less is to look at the weight on the label and recognize it’s lighter than before Unilever, owner of the Skippy brand, switched out containers.
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