Portions are getting smaller

@nela13 (53018)
Portugal
December 28, 2022 9:41am CST
I use to buy these frozen hake fillets, it is delicious, healthy and my kids love it but lately I notice that the portions are getting smaller. It is almost half of the size it used to be! I read somewhere that the inflation is making the brands reduce the size of their products, the price is also higher than before, so we are paying more for less quantity!!! Have you notice this trend in your country? Picture of the hake fillets after cooked.
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@much2say (50502)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Dec
Oh yes! I noticed this about the amount of egg noodles in a package recently. A can of coconut milk was almost watery. Lots of packaged food seem oddly less than before. We definitely feel cheated!!
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@much2say (50502)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Dec
@nela13 It is terrible they try to trick us this way - and we pay for this stuff anyway .
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
Not only the quantity is less, the quality is also worst.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
@much2say it is true, they are cheating us.
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@snowy22315 (149275)
• United States
28 Dec
Yes, we call it shrinkflation here.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
It isn't fair, and sometimes the quality is even worse.
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@marlina (155305)
• Canada
1 Jan
Yes, that's the right word.
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@LadyDuck (426675)
• Switzerland
28 Dec
Yes, I have noticed and the packages have the same price but the content is less.
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@LadyDuck (426675)
• Switzerland
29 Dec
@nela13 I agree, I just bought a ready made puff pastry to prepare appetizers, the taste is weird.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
And sometimes the quality is worst.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
@LadyDuck I read that they use low quality ingredients now, it is a way for them to keep the profits. Profits is the only thing they care about.
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@DaddyEvil (111522)
• United States
29 Dec
That trend started about five years ago in the US. Sugar that used to come in 5 pound bags was suddenly only available in 4 pound bags for the same price that we paid for the 5 pound bag.
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@DaddyEvil (111522)
• United States
29 Dec
@nela13 It's a way to increase profit ratios.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
@DaddyEvil that is the only thing they care about, the profits
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
It is a way of cheating us and sometimes the quality is also worst.
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• United States
28 Dec
Yes I've noticed it here too with shrinking sizes and increased prices.
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• United States
28 Dec
@nela13 cheating us is absolutely right. I wonder if there is really a shortage of certain items or is it just greed from the suppliers
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
@Marilynda1225 many took advantage of the war to increase the prices.
@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
They are trying to cheat us.
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@FayeHazel (40079)
• United States
29 Dec
That fish looks really good. But yes, alas, I do notice similar here. Prices go up, portions, quantity and quality go down... :/
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
That is true, the quality is also worst.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
30 Dec
@FayeHazel at the end we pay more for less and a worse product.
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@FayeHazel (40079)
• United States
30 Dec
@nela13 Unfortunate that companies feel they have to do that to save a few cents in production.
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@allknowing (110898)
• India
29 Dec
The worse scenario is when portions get smaller and the prices double up.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
Yes and sometimes the quality is also worst.
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@sjvg1976 (38750)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec
Yes, I have noticed it here too.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
Did you notice that the quality is also worst?
@rebelann (104924)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Dec
Yes, I have mostly noticed the prices going up but it makes sense that the portions would be reduced. A lot of this is due to the extreme overpopulation of the human race.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
That is true, we are too many and governments still want to increase the number of births. It is insane!
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@rebelann (104924)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Dec
You are correct.
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@RebeccasFarm (84225)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
28 Dec
Yes as I was noting in my other post, people are suffering world wide all this inflation on food.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
28 Dec
@nela13 No it will not I agree
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
28 Dec
Unfortunately I think the coming year won't be better
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@JudyEv (300597)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Dec
This is happening here. The packet might be the same size but the weight is less - stuff like that. Or there are only ten items where there used to be 12.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
Yes, they are doing that with a lot of products.
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@Hannihar (125778)
• Israel
29 Dec
@nela13 The fish that I buy here I have not bought in ages so do not know if the portions are smaller or not.
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@Hannihar (125778)
• Israel
30 Dec
@nela13 I am sorry that things have gotten smaller for you.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
1 Jan
@Hannihar there is nothing I can do about it.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
It is not only the fish, the size of many other things are smaller too.
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@porwest (62642)
• United States
29 Dec
This is something commonly referred to as "shrinkflation." It has gotten worse with inflation.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
And sometimes the quality is also poor.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
3 Jan
@porwest do you think it is just the quantity?
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@porwest (62642)
• United States
2 Jan
@nela13 Well, it is the same product. Few modifications get made to the product. Just to the quantity.
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• Philippines
29 Dec
Because they only have 2 choices - retain the same price but make it smaller, change the ingredients, etc vs. retain the size and quality but raise the price. It's a balancing act.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
But sometimes the quality is also worst.
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@marlina (155305)
• Canada
30 Dec
It has been going on for quite a while here in Canada.
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@marlina (155305)
• Canada
5 Jan
@nela13 I did not notice the difference in quality,
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
3 Jan
How about the quality? Is it worse too?
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
5 Jan
@marlina that is good if they keep the quality.
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@aninditasen (12556)
• Raurkela, India
29 Dec
This is happening in our country too. Portions haven't reduced but the rates have increased a lot.
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@aninditasen (12556)
• Raurkela, India
30 Dec
@nela13 Any business man will do that.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
1 Jan
@aninditasen but that isn't fair to the consumers.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
They only care about the profits.
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@Rashnag (29594)
• Surat, India
29 Dec
I am seeing and reading about it for first time. It looks good. Is it a traditional snack or what. Do let me know. Take care
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
29 Dec
It is the fish that I used to buy but now it is smaller than it used to be.
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@Rashnag (29594)
• Surat, India
30 Dec
@nela13 ok dear. Glad to know
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@CarolDM (201837)
• United States
11 Jan
I notice everything getting smaller, and the price getting larger these days.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
12 Jan
Yes, it is the same here, when we go to the supermarket, we buy less things and pay more.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
12 Jan
@CarolDM me too.
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@CarolDM (201837)
• United States
12 Jan
@nela13 I hope for a break one day.
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@lazydaizee (4316)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec
I have been noticing this for some time now. Portions, tins and packets are all getting smaller. The only thing getting bigger is the price. I also notice that chocolate biscuits and snacks have very little chocolate on them and some of it does not even taste like real chocolate anymore.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
3 Jan
That happens because the quality is also worst, we pay more for garbage.
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
4 Jan
@lazydaizee Correct, they try to compensate the packaging to cover up the poor quality.
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• United Kingdom
4 Jan
@nela13 This is true and we also pay for more packaging.
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18 Jan
It's called inflation
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@nela13 (53018)
• Portugal
23 Jan
It is terrible, the inflation in my country is so high that every time I go to the supermarket it seems price raise every week.