I hate when you catch a food company you like pulling something kind of shady. Today at Whole Foods, I saw that Fage Greek yogurts were on sale (3 for $4), so I snagged the two 2% containers that were left and then grabbed one of the 0% varieties. You didn’t have to buy three to get the discount, but I figured, what the hell? I prefer the taste of the 2% and really don’t feel the 40 extra calories are a deal-breaker, but in a pinch, the 0% is enjoyable too.
I’m kind of annoyed now because as I was putting the groceries away, I noticed that the 0% container looked a little smaller than the 2% one. Upon closer examination, I realized that it is! The 2% weighs in at 7 oz, where the 0% has a net weight of 6 oz! Of course, they cost the same. Seriously, Fage? Why do you do this to me?
Of course, now I find myself fascinated and eager to know what’s up with the one-ounce difference. Is it so Fage could keep the 0% under a certain calorie level? Does it have something to do with the cost of production?
My math tells me that Fage 2% contains about 18.57 calories per ounce and the 0% has 15 calories per ounce. A 7-ounce 0% would have around 105 calories, which really isn’t that much, but one could argue that hitting the 100-calorie mark could be a turnoff for some consumers, given the plethora of “hun-cal” products on the market right now. I also wonder if there are guidelines for what the difference between each milkfat percentage is supposed to be.
I’ll probably never find out, but now I’m really curious! If I didn’t have finals to study for and work to do, I’d probably pick up the phone and call the company to see if I can get to the bottom on it.
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