I recently came across this article from the NY Times about this exact thing and EVERYONE needs to read it. It goes in depth why companies are doing this, how to combat how they will re-market these items to you, and it’s effect on the future of that product.
This also serves as a GREAT reason to have food storage on hand. I’ve always know that if you have food storage, you’ll be living off last year’s prices. Now, I realize not only are living off last year’s prices but you’re living off last year’s SIZES. That double whammy together means way more bang for your buck-all just for storing a little extra food.