Comment: They say that it all started with coffee. Now, it's everywhere.

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They say that it all started with coffee. Now, it's everywhere.

Increasing food prices spark trend of package downsizing
February 11, 2014
The experts all agree on one thing: It began with coffee.

Coffee, says Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumerworld.org and a former assistant attorney general in the state Consumer Protection Division, is “the classic example” of an insidious trend that has spread through every aisle of the grocery store: package downsizing.

Many years ago, dear children, a 1-pound can of coffee contained 1 pound of coffee. Today, that can probably holds something like 11 ounces. A pound of hot dogs? At least one brand is down to 14 ounces. A ½-gallon of ice cream? Gone the way of the dodo, replaced by the 1½-quart container. A bag of sugar, weighing 5 pounds since time immemorial, is now 4 pounds.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2014/02/11/...