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Girls Scouts Pare Down Cookie Offerings

Girls Scouts are cutting back on cookie offerings

Girls Scouts are cutting back on cookie offerings

In response to a rough economic environment, the Girl  Scouts are trimming the fat in their cookie catalog, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Little girls will still be hawking cookies at your office and on your doorstep. But you’ll have fewer flavors to choose from, and get fewer cookies per box. Some flavors will now arrive in cheaper plastic packaging, instead of the classic boxes.

It’s hard to imagine the economy intersecting with something as traditional as Girl Scout Cookies, but of course the cookie sales aren’t just a tradition. They’re big business. And since the economy crashed, the scouts have been looking for ways to make their business more efficient.

Fine for them, you say, but what about my cookies? Will I still be able to get my Samoas?

Yes. The new program pares the cookie offerings down quite a bit, but leaves most of the classics intact. Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and Trefoils remain untouched. Lemon Chalets made the cut, while Dulce de Leche cookies are being discontinued.

How they chose lemon over dulce de leche is beyond my imagination. Which goes to show that people have a wide variety of tastes. I don’t know much about business, but in an era when many companies are taking advantage of the long tail effect to produce smaller lots of more varities, its sad to see Girl Scout cookies become more narrow.

Even if I was only vaguely aware they had flavors other than Thin Mints and Samoas. As long as those two are around, why would you eat anything else?

Photo: Marit and Toomas Hinosaar

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