Heavier chickens lead to odd packaging

08/11/2004 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Boneless, skinless chicken breast packages at grocery stores increasingly contain three larger lobe portions rather than four halves, forcing some consumers to buy two separate packages. Poultry experts explain that chickens are raised to grow larger than ever before, thus the industry must adjust to the increased weight by adjusting packaging to maintain the 1.5 to 1.8 pound average weight, which keeps the item price below $10.

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