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Bringing home less bacon

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Butcher Gilbert Kohlman at Cantor's Grocery Co. holds two packages of bacon, in front is a package from the latest shipment weighing in at 375g  beside a package in his cooler at a weight of a 500g.

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Butcher Gilbert Kohlman at Cantor's Grocery Co. holds two packages of bacon, in front is a package from the latest shipment weighing in at 375g beside a package in his cooler at a weight of a 500g. Photo Store

Re: Taking a bite out of bacon (May 7). Munther Zeid and others quoted in the article are quite nonchalant about "smaller package, same price," dismissing it as a small matter, and even have the gall to try to make it seem as if a smaller package will save consumers money.

The fact is, a reduction to 375 grams from 500 is a 25 per cent increase in price.

I may not be very bright, but the idea expressed by David Bauer, the meat company rep, that this is somehow going to "protect consumer pocketbooks" is bordering on obscene.

Reducing the size of a package and keeping the price the same, a common practice today, is no different than the ancient practice of coin-clipping.

It's a form of deceit because, as Zeid suggests, many people won't even notice.

 

JOHN BECKHAM

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2014 A16

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