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The Hamburg consumer advice center chooses the “misleading package of the year”. The result of the consumer vote is clear: a margarine is clearly ahead.

Hamburg – Due to the war in Ukraine, many things are becoming more expensive these days. Increase from last year Supermarkets and discount stores are constantly increasing the prices of groceries. It’s annoying for customers if they don’t even realize, for example, if the prices are hidden. The Hamburg consumer advisory center watches out for tricks from companies, which once a year chooses the “misleading package of the year”.

That year, the Upfield company won the dishonorable award. “Rama” was clearly chosen by consumers as the “misleading package of the year 2022”. Since last year, the fat spread has been sold in 400 gram packs instead of 500 gram packs, at the same price and in the same pack size. The end result is a 25 percent price increase. “If the content shrinks but the package doesn’t, consumers have little chance of missing the trick,” said Armin Valet from the Hamburg consumer advice center. A client also wants to have identified a supposed deceptive package in Edeka.

“Rama” has been named “Sham Pack of the Year” 2022. © Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg, Unsplash and Canva.com

“Misleading package of the year”: The Hamburg consumer advice center is suing the manufacturer of Rama Upfield

The procedure is particularly audacious because spreadable fat is an often-purchased food and is mostly sold in 500-gram cups. The consumer advice center has never received so many complaints about a product, Valet said. The manufacturer Upfield was sued. Not for the Rama pack, but for Sanella.

As with the other Upfield Lätta, Becel and Violife products, the filling amounts of vegetable margarine were reduced. “But if there’s suddenly 100 grams less fat spread in the identical cup without any special notice, that’s clearly misleading,” Valet justified the lawsuit, demanding “quickly stricter regulations” from the legislature. Two years ago, a paprika sauce was voted “Fake Package of the Year.”reported Merkur.de.

Rama is ‘Fake Pack of the Year’: Gummy bears and potato chips are also among the ‘award winners’

Upfield’s “Rama” won the fake vote with 41.7 percent of the votes cast, ahead of Lactalis’ “Leerdammer” (28.7 percent). The content of the cheese package was reduced from 160 to 140 grams, although “one more slice was permanently offered”. Reckit Benckiser’s “Calgon” washing machine water softener ranked third (11.3 percent). The hidden price increase here is 42 percent.

In fourth place were Haribo’s “Goldbären” gummy bears (10 percent). Thanks to the lower content, the package is 14 percent more expensive than before. Kellogg’s “Pringles” potato chips are in fifth place (8.3 percent). Here the can is 15 grams lighter, but the price is 25 percent higher. A net customer got a lot of ridicule for an alleged misleading package of potato chips. (mountain)

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