Doritos reckon they’re latest victim of shrinkflation.

That’s when food companies try to sell you less product in the same size package to save money – while blaming inflation.

Parent company Frito-Lay has reduced the number of Doritos per packet by 5 chips.

They’re not the first company to try it.

Gatorade has reduced its 940ml bottle to 820mls and Wheat thins reckons family size is about 50 grams, or 28 fewer crackers, than before.

And while doesn’t sound like much, it could save Frito-Lay more than $50 million and you’d save nothing because the price per packet stays the same.

Yay capitalism!

 

To Markets …

The ASX 200 is up 10.30 points or 0.14% at midday today to 7,261.10.

Chinese stocks ended the session higher yesterday, buoyed by top policy makers’ promises of market-friendly policies, including milder regulation of the heavyweight tech sector.

Property companies, home-appliance makers and interior-decoration stocks led the upturn, riding on officials’ show of support for the real-estate sector, as well as the government’s suspension of a planned expansion of property tax trials.

In London, the Bank of England raised its key policy rate to 0.75% from 0.5%, marking its third straight hike in as many meetings.

The central bank said that economic growth in Britain was likely to slow due to higher energy prices and softened its guidance for further monetary tightening, investors said.

“In the wake of the Fed and BoE rate hikes, traders have turned more defensive, and much of yesterday’s bullishness in markets has been pruned back,” IG Group says.

US stock indexes rallied for a third straight day, putting the S&P 500 on pace for its biggest weekly gain since late 2020.

Stocks held on to gains despite a surge in crude prices, with investors saying that they are taking oil market gyrations spurred by the war in greater stride.

“It may stay volatile until Russia gets a little clearer, but underneath this is really good fundamentals,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group.

The International Energy Agency said 3 million barrels per day of Russian oil and products could be shut in from next month. The Brent crude price jumped by 8.8% – the most since mid-2020 – to US$106.64 a barrel. And the US Nymex crude price surged by 8.4% to US$102.98 a barrel.

 

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Health stock Wellnex Life (ASX:WNX) has inked a supply agreement with GlaxoSmithKline for the supply in Australia and New Zealand of its existing soft gel liquid analgesic, for a minimum term of three years.

GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world’s largest and leading global healthcare companies.

PVW Resources (ASX:PVW) also rose strongly after posting an investor presentation highlighting its Tanami rare earths project in northern WA.

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Smart energy software-as-a-service stock Simble (ASX:SIS) (say that fast) raised $1.65m a discount to the last closing price.