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Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby aero280 » November 2nd, 2016, 5:19 pm

I've been buying sachets of dried yeast for years. I always thought that they were the same, so I was buying the Allinson sachets as they were perforated and had a small cut to start the tear off, whereas the Sainsbury ones were not as well made and often needed scissors to start them off when opening. £1 a box for the Allinson and 85p for the Sainsbury ones.

Then I realised that there were 8 sachets in Sainsbury and only 6 in Allinson. Since then I have bought the Sainsbury and put up with the inconvenience of the unopenable packets.

Today there was a newer notice in front of the Sainsbury sachets announcing the size. Allinson's (and Hovis) are 7 grams a sachet. Sainsbury are only 5.6 grams a sachet.

Have the own brand sachets always been smaller?
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby suffolk » November 2nd, 2016, 5:47 pm

You've just gotta check the small print ;)
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby Hope » November 2nd, 2016, 5:49 pm

I have a packet of sains yeast, bought a few weeks ago. Says 8 packets on the front and 56g on the back, which is 7g per sachet. Have they changed it since then?
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby Suelle » November 2nd, 2016, 6:18 pm

You really do have to check pack sizes these days, both when comparing prices and buying for specific recipes.

Cream cheese is a case in point. A lot of my older recipes use multiples of 200g which is what the small packs used to weigh. Philly is now only 180g in a pack!
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby aero280 » November 2nd, 2016, 6:40 pm

I've been out to have another look, and you're right the sachets are still 7 grammes if you divide the 56g by 8. It's Sainsbury's notice that's wrong... Very odd.
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby suffolk » November 2nd, 2016, 7:08 pm

You'd better have a word with them ...
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby Hope » November 3rd, 2016, 9:23 am

I wonder if this is old stock and they are going to reduce it. Although that would be silly considering that lots of recipes are made for the 7g sachets. But I have noticed other products have been reducing in size rather than increasing the price.
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby earthmaiden » November 3rd, 2016, 9:27 am

Sounds to me as though someone put a decimal point in the middle of 56g by mistake!
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby Hope » November 3rd, 2016, 9:42 am

It does, doesn't it!
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby StokeySue » November 3rd, 2016, 10:23 am

Looking on Sainsbury website, it definitely seems to 8 sachets = total weight of 56g, so 7g each
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/sainsburys-bread-yeast--fast-action--dried-56g?langId=44&storeId=10151&krypto=qK1gnCr1XZLMwwcfLhbQOEN8JthdKsUHs901H47YelirQcTHMxvrMYhh8PusXKNkUUzSK7034EQ1rGoALXDbpeKTSl8l%2FSqoPJuLjWYOQgfwtW3ShZsQeq%2By1mDDc5B4&ddkey=http%3Agb%2Fgroceries%2Fsainsburys-bread-yeast--fast-action--dried-56g

Whereas Allinson is as aero says labelled as 6x 7 g
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=271273307

As far as I know fast action (Fermipan) yeast is one of those things like gelatine or generic paracetamol (see Supershoppers thread) that is made on one of about 3 European production lines, so the difference can only be in the outer packaging and the price
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Re: Feeling slightly conned at Sainsbury.

Postby Hope » November 3rd, 2016, 10:39 am

I use Sains/tesco for the wheat bread, but have to buy Allinson's for myself as it doesn't contain wheat (unlike the others). So there is a difference although it's only relevant to some of us!
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