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This Christmas, the grinch is stealing strawberries in Japan

Smaller farms mean 1 or 2 fewer berries per pack during peak season

Packages of Tochiotome, one of Japan's most popular varieties of strawberries. Many packages shipped starting this year will contain one to two fewer pieces than in previous years. (Photo by Maiko Sugiyama)

TOKYO -- Every Christmas, millions of Japanese celebrate by serving a cake topped with jewel-like strawberries.

But cake shops and amateur bakers alike will find packs of the fresh fruit a little lighter this year. Farms in Japan's big strawberry growing regions have shrunk each pack by 20 grams, or roughly 7%. That means one fewer big berry per carton.

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