A reader of Metric Views reports on his regular shopping for essentials, and comes to an upbeat conclusion.
“These are items that I regularly buy in imperial sizes:
1. Draught beer in pubs (pints)
2. Pasteurised milk in the supermarket (pints, though also litres from my local grocers)
3. Birds Eye peas (pound bags)
4. McCain oven chips (pound bags)
I am glad to say that frozen peas can now be removed from the list – they have just moved to the (relatively) rational size of 400 g and dropped the lb sizing on the packaging.
Shame it’s not a “10% extra free” 500 g bag, as they can be accused of using metrication to downsize (I don’t know what happened to the unit price), but I’m very glad anyway.
If I had kept a list of imperial purchases, then quite a lot of things would have dropped off it in the last 15 years or so:
milk from local shops
just about any packet or jar
I know there are examples of imperial sizes left, but the examples above are the things I buy. I say this just to show that the survival of supplementary indications has probably come too late for the imperial lobby, as almost all food produce is going metric whenever plant or packaging are updated and the law allows. Manufacturers are unlikely to go back to lb/oz sizing now, and they won’t add spurious supplementary indications even if they’re allowed to.”