I noticed that at Costco, fresh, boneless chicken is more expensive per ounce than similar, frozen, bagged, boneless chicken. Ok, I get that. You pay a slight premium for “fresh.” I then noticed that canned chicken (any brand) is more expensive per ounce than fresh. What’s up with that? My best guess is that you are paying a premium over fresh because it is cooked.

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  1. SL says:

    Additional processing and packaging.

  2. Jerry S says:

    And what’s the deal with airline food??

  3. Christopher says:

    Just like pre-sliced anything at the regular stores (vegetables)

  4. Michael says:

    From a foodservice industry lifer- shrinkage. You start with 16 oz of something and lose a percentage during, yes, processing and packaging, but also during cooking. We don’t want to pay for the shrinkage, so we factor it into what we charge the consumer for the end product. Hope that helps!

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