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How many ounces are in a box of pasta? Did the companies shrink them?

Started 1339086742.073 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1339291155.74 by ive been framed

I bought a box of Barilla tri-color rotini the other day and it's 12 oz. I always thought pasta boxes were 16 oz (1 lb.). Sometimes I don't pay attention when I'm shopping, so it could be me, but I was curious if they shrunk the box and if more pasta companies are doing this. I'll have to pay closer attention next time I'm at the store.

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cats021339090293.371663 PostsRegistered 12/6/2007

We buy store brands of pasta. Most spaghettis are still 16oz. Many of the macaroni products are also still 16oz. We've switched to whole wheat pasta and have found that, for the most part, the packages are less than 16oz. We were able to find some whole wheat pastas at an "overstock" store in 16oz packages and boxes. You have to do some real hard searching.

chickenbutt1339091803.8325051 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I buy Dreamfields and I know those shrunk. It was a few years ago, though, so I'm used to it now but it was rather shocking at first. Of course, the price didn't shrink. ha!

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Poodlepet21339092450.674004 PostsRegistered 9/21/2006Punta Gorda Florida

I've seen a couple of news stories about this. Food producers did not want to freak out consumers by raising prices, so, what many have done is keep the same size boxes or cans but give you less. By law, they still have to state how many ounces are contained-but alot of people ignore that, so in the end, we are still paying more-and getting less.

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depglass1339092472.10724404 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

My last Barilla was 16 oz., but maybe its old stock. I'll be careful next time, since I tend to fix half a box and it won't be enough for the amount of sauce I made for two people. Absolutely my favorite brand.

sparklestar1339092659.33310783 PostsRegistered 1/6/2008

I've noticed that a while ago. No 1lb box anymore. They did the same with Breyers Ice Cream ... no longer one gallon. But the prices never go down.

millieshops1339092751.4215532 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I bought two boxes of pasta last week - both 16 ounces - but I have seen any number of boxes that are less.

Nascardiva1339092790.8276577 PostsRegistered 6/27/2005Maryland

I buy San Giorgio and the spaghetti and angel hair are still in 16 oz. boxes.

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Brabls1339092869.38714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

I buy a store brand & it is still 1 pound.

ibb381339092936.39312591 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Spaghetti tends to be 16 oz- the speciality pastas like rotini are often 12 oz. But I've seen some companies sneak 12 oz all around! I always look at the cost per unit sign near the product. Although food stores are making them smaller these days too!

Breyers was sneaky because they used the same size container- the cardboard bottom was just higher up than usual. At least Edy's make the overall container smaller- they were upfront!

wagnerdanc­er1339093872.594744 PostsRegistered 4/28/2008

They are all 16 oz. in my area. I just bought some last week - Barilla - 16 oz.

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phluphy1339095168.313460 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010

Many products have shrunk their contents. Pasta & cereal, I have noticed. It's a shame because their prices haven't gone down. You can still find pasta in the 16oz. boxes, you have to look a little harder though.

aroc341339095879.14124 PostsRegistered 9/30/2010

Stargazer77: Barilla specialty items, like the tricolor, and the green spinach type are in 12 oz. boxes, and have been for many years, i.e., before the recession kicked in. The regular run of the mill types are still 16 oz. boxes. Other brands have been doing the same thing for many years with their noodles and pastas that are "special" ones.

MScotty1339100785.393438 PostsRegistered 1/13/2010

Ronzoni, the Heart Health whole wheat version I recently bought was 14.5 oz.

ceekay1339101177.6531461 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

The Barilla tricolor has always been a 12 oz. box. I think a few of the others are too, but most are a pound.

GoodStuff1339101217.80715735 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I almost always buy store brand pasta (Kroger), and most of their pasta products come in one-, two-, or three-pound packages. I see some pasta products in 12 oz or even 8 oz packages. It's important to keep an eye out for how much is in the box you're buying!

boby1339101248.6673101 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Most pastas are still one pound, but some "specialty" pastas (whole wheat, Heart Healthy, whatever) may be less, and some pastas are available in 1/2 lb boxes (presumably for those cooking for one or two). On the other hand, lots of imported pastas are weighed metrically, and some of those may be 17 or 18 ounces.

boby1339101250.923101 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Most pastas are still one pound, but some "specialty" pastas (whole wheat, Heart Healthy, whatever) may be less, and some pastas are available in 1/2 lb boxes (presumably for those cooking for one or two). On the other hand, lots of imported pastas are weighed metrically, and some of those may be 17 or 18 ounces.

boby1339101256.553101 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Most pastas are still one pound, but some "specialty" pastas (whole wheat, Heart Healthy, whatever) may be less, and some pastas are available in 1/2 lb boxes (presumably for those cooking for one or two). On the other hand, lots of imported pastas are weighed metrically, and some of those may be 17 or 18 ounces.

Stargazer771339112170.876301 PostsRegistered 10/24/2006

Very interesting. Thanks everyone!

QVC old-ti­mer1339159407.0637244 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007
On 6/7/2012 chickenbutt said:

I buy Dreamfields and I know those shrunk. It was a few years ago, though, so I'm used to it now but it was rather shocking at first. Of course, the price didn't shrink. ha!

Dreamfields is a lifesaver - low carb. I read that, with all shrinking products, they have found that people get more upset with increased cost so instead they shrink the products. It is getting more and more ridiculous - every time you go to purchase an item you get fewer and fewer ounces, count, whatever.

Mom2Mike1339160298.13328 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006New York

Hi,

I dont buy a lot of pasta products but my 9 year old noticed the other day when I bought a bag of sugar that I thought it was 5 lbs but it was only 4 lbs and the price was the same. Going to the supermarket these days is like paying a car payment way to expensive.

Have a good day :)

Susie

barbados1339160654.21714405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007
On 6/8/2012 Mom2Mike said:

Hi,

I dont buy a lot of pasta products but my 9 year old noticed the other day when I bought a bag of sugar that I thought it was 5 lbs but it was only 4 lbs and the price was the same. Going to the supermarket these days is like paying a car payment way to expensive.

Have a good day :)

Susie

I wish car payments were the price of groceries.

ive been f­ramed1339291155.742497 PostsRegistered 6/8/2012

Can usually find the 16oz boxes of pasta. Have to really pay attention to the weights and amounts of packaged food now- alot of brands have lowered amounts but kept the same size packaging, like tuna,noodles, cereals,etc. {#emotions_dlg.mad}Bleh!

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