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Article posted Apr 03 2011, 1:34 PM Category: Economy Source: New York Times Print

A Stealth Downsizing, as Shoppers Pay More for Less Food


Michael Stravato for The New York Times Lisa Stauber of Houston keeps careful records of grocery prices. Her 1-year-old daughter, Alianna, is one of nine children.

As an expected increase in the cost of raw materials looms for late summer, consumers are beginning to encounter shrinking food packages.

With unemployment still high, companies in recent months have tried to camouflage price increases by selling their products in tiny and tinier packages. So far, the changes are most visible at the grocery store, where shoppers are paying the same amount, but getting less.

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