Many food manufacturers are tricking their price increases.
So that consumers do not notice this, the quantities are, for example, secretly reduced.
A muesli manufacturer was particularly bold.
Hamburg - A large majority of consumers
“sham package of the year”.
consumer center in Hamburg announced
on Monday morning after evaluating an online vote, 54.5 percent of the participants voted for the muesli.
Seitenbacher has reduced the filling quantity from 1,000 to 750 grams.
At the same time, the price per pack has risen, so that the muesli has become 75 percent more expensive - with "virtually identical recipe".
Milka Easter Bunny
landed in second place
, followed by the popular
(18.5 percent) - here, too, consumer advocates denounced opaque price increases.
4.3 percent of those who voted voted for the
crispy bags from
and 3.9 percent for the
Bifi mini salami
from Jack Link's.
A total of 21,400 consumers took part in the vote, with almost 11,700 votes for muesli alone.
The consumer association warned that “tricks” such as hidden price increases are “hardly noticeable when shopping normally” for consumers.
A transparency platform, for example, would help, in which the manufacturers must report reductions in fill quantities in advance.
In principle, the manufacturers give a non-binding price recommendation for their products.
The dealers determine the final sales prices.
had claimed to the Hamburg consumer center that a new product had been introduced with the “fruit muesli”.
But the list of ingredients for the breakfast cereal was almost identical to that of the cheaper predecessor product, explained the consumer center.
In the meantime, the "fruit muesli" should no longer be produced.
However, according to research by consumer advocates, it is still available in some supermarkets.
Consumer advice center: 3000 complaints about fraudulent packaging in the past year
Last year, according to the information, around 3,000 complaints about fraudulent packaging were received by the Hamburg consumer center.
For more than 17 years, the Hamburg consumer advocates have kept a nationwide unique sham packaging list with hidden price increases based on consumer complaints.
dpa / AFP