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Inflation in Poland. Total Shrinkflation. Rafał Mundry comments

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Inflation in Poland reveals its next face. “We think we’re paying the same price as a week or two ago. Meanwhile, the grammage of products is getting smaller and smaller. This is shrinkflation, said economist Rafał Mundry on TVN24.

ABOUT inflation wrote in Poland in the Monday edition of the British Financial Times. The daily pointed out that everyday shopping has become a real challenge. You have to pay attention not only to rising prices, but also to the grammage and composition of products. These may surprise you.

– For at least a few months, you can observe the so-called shrinkflation in stores more and more often. Shrink means to shrink in English, but the point is not that inflation shrinks or decreases, but that products, and more specifically, their packaging is shrinking more and more. We think that we pay the same price as a week or two ago, but if we read the fine print, we will see that the weight of the products is getting smaller and smaller. This is shrinkinflation, the economist pointed out on TVN24.

The product looks identical, but the weight has changed

Rafał Mundry said that he notices more and more such products that have “shrunk” recently on store shelves, and he receives more and more signals from people surprised by the reduced weight of products.

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– The product looks identical on the store shelf, the price looks similar, although it happens that it jumped up anyway, and suddenly it turns out that the grammage is lower – he said.

As Mundry notes, a flagship example that has recently circulated all over Poland is marshmallow, the weight of which has decreased from 360 grams to 340 grams. – What’s funny, at the same time you could find such and such packaging on store shelves – said the TVN24 guest.

As he emphasized, it is important for consumers to be aware of such situations and be able to make a conscious choice which product they will choose in the store and what they will put in the basket.

Smaller bars and weaker tea

As examples of shrinkflation, Mundry also pointed to a decrease in the weight of bars or a smaller number of sachets in tea packaging. Instead of 25, which until recently was the standard, there are now 23 or even 20.

– Interestingly, not only the number of tea sachets in a package decreases, but also the weight of tea in a single sachet. It used to be 2 grams and now I see 1.75 grams or even 1.5 grams. This means that this tea will then be weaker or different in taste than the one to which we have been accustomed so far – pointed out the economist.

When asked whether the current prices are maintained with reduced packaging, Mundry noted that this was the case 2-3 years ago, when shrinkflation occurred from time to time. – At present, I observe that despite the fact that prices on store shelves are increasing, packaging is still decreasing – he pointed out, adding that producers take such a step as not to shock consumers with high price increases.

On the verge of a fair consumer-producer relationship

When asked about what the consumer can do in such a situation, Rafał Mundry noted that it is difficult to report such issues to the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection when the exact grammage is clearly stated. In his opinion, everything can be legal, although some actions may be on the verge of a fair relationship between the consumer and the producer.

As an example, he pointed to a package of cold cuts, which contained information on the packaging that 100 grams of product were produced from 120 grams of meat. – There was also 100 written in large numbers, but it was written in small print that it was for the number of hours the meat was marinated. Information about the grammage, which was lower than before and amounted to 90 grams, was given on the back – he explained.

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