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Girl Scouts Shrink Cookies
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Monday, January 26, 2009

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Hey, Wall Street can go right down the ole tube. General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford can hitch a ride with Toyota. But, when the economic downturn messes with my Girl Scout cookies, we gotta fix this mess!!!

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Facing Increased Costs, Girl Scouts Downsize Cookie Boxes

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 1:00pm by YumSugar


It's always seemed a little too effortless to finish off a box of Girl Scout cookies, but if they are a little easier to dust off this year, it's not just in your head. To offset the cost increases of cookie ingredients, Girl Scouts of the USA made the decision to shrink its cookie boxes by a centimeter, package fewer cookies into boxes of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, and Tagalongs, and reduce the size of its Lemon Chalet Crèmes.

According to the organization, the cost of flour rose by 30 percent, assorted cooking oils by 40 percent, and cocoa by at least 20 percent. The company felt this was the best method of dealing with increasing raw material prices. Alternatively, Girl Scouts could have used cheaper ingredients, or raised cookie prices from their current price of $3.50 per box.

This doesn't come as a surprise to me, since last year producers began rolling out shrunken products in reaction to the price of food on the rise. I'm secretly a bit excited — for once, the downsized box may be enough for me to stop short of a stomachache.



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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/28/2009
They always could downsize the cookies, same price, same quantity of cookies but just shrank in size to meet the old price!
Where is a will there is a smile selling cookies!


Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/27/2009
Well they were more the $3.50 per box here in Canada and I thank them for their honesty but I think I will lose more weight and just leave them in the box to look at. Thank you for sharing the info Ted.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/27/2009
Hey we'll all lose weight if all the companies do this...Great idea and great imformation you provided. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/27/2009
It is sad that for Non Profit Charities such as the Girl Guides to raise funds they have to resort to big corporation marketing strategies.I is understandable though that to sell as many without raising price they did the logical least they are honest about it not like some big chains I know.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/27/2009
i guess none will escape the economic crunch!

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