Swung through the grocery store today, and Hillshire Farms Sausages caught my eye because they were on a buy-one-get-one-free special, for both the kielbasa shaped ones and the bun sized ones. A quick check with the boss showed that our apartment sized freezer really didn't have a lot of room for much stocking up...but while I was looking at the wide variety of sausage products available, I noticed that some subtle shrinkage had occured.
It used to be that the basic sausage varieties(kielbasa, smoked sausage) were a 16-ounce log, while the slightly fancier ones(BEEF kielbasa, cheddarwurst, Hard Wood Chicken Smoked Sausage) were a 14-ounce log, all for the same price. Today, I noticed that not a single sausage example was weighing in at over 14-ounces, and several had been down graded to a goofy 13.5 ounces...but the packaging(AND the price) were the same as they had been last time I stocked up.
A reduction from 16 ounces to 14 ounces is the same as raising the price from $3 a pound to $3.42 a pound, but much more subtle.
It appeared a similar reduction had occurred in their 'bun' style sausages...there were a lot of 13.5 ounce packages. I wonder when eggs are going to be sold in 10 packs instead of by the dozen...