YOU might want to keep an eye on your supermarket trolley for smaller packet sizes yet ultimately rising prices, says the consumer watchdog 60 Millions de Consommateurs.
The association warns that they have seen the weight and quantity of food products being reduced, and whilst in some cases prices have followed, when looked at on a per kilo or per litre basis prices have actually risen.
They highlight drink containers that have shrunk from 75 to 60cl, with a price fall of five centimes, yet when looked at a per litre basis the price had risen by 23%.
It is something that 60 Millions de Consommateurs has seen in the past, and often the reason put forward by manufacturers is increasing costs of basic food stuffs such as sugar.
Other examples include breakfast cereals which offered larger packet sizes, from 375 to 430g, but the price per kilo increased 17% in just a year.
And it would appear you are not even safe in the toilet, as a reader of 60 Millions de Consommateurs says they measured a 4mm increase in a toilet paper cardboard tube, resulting in fewer sheets of paper and a fall in the weight from 765 to 699g.
The only way to tackle these tactics, says 60 Millions de Consommateurs, is to compare per litre or per kilo prices, but it is tough for shoppers, and I suppose if you are really keen keep a note of prices over time.
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