The prices of commodities has dropped from their peaks of last year, yet food makers are not reducing consumer prices, reports Marketplace. Now this is rather funny, and familiar.
In response to sky-rocketing commodities prices, food and consumer product manufacturers started reducing the amount of product you got in various boxes and packages while keeping the price the same. Indeed, readers continue to find new examples to this month. We dubbed this practice the “Grocery Shrink Ray.” At the time, I expressed my skepticism that when commodities prices eventually fell again that manufacturers, having acclimated us to getting less for our money, would pass on the savings. Looks like this Cassandra was right on the money.