Girl Scouts cutting back on cookie selection

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is one of about a dozen council's across the country chosen to be part of a pilot program called the super six. Which means you will only have six types of cookies to choose from instead of eight.

The change is all in an effort to cut costs and increase revenue and the research shows the chosen six, like the Trefoils Shortbread, are still top sellers then it's keeping the old and out with the new.

Its that time of year when the Girls Scouts will soon start delivering as the first shipment makes it way to our area next week and on the trucks Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Tagalongs and Samoas.

But don't count on seeing Thank U Berry Munch.

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's marketing manager Tara Panzo says 85 percent of customers prefer the original six.

"The other two weren't as big sellers they had more limited audience limited customers who liked those-they didn't produce the profit so lets stick with the ones that are the most popular and easy for the girls move," said Panzo.

"It makes a lot more sense at the end of the sale and if you have a surplus we want to make sure the cookies left are the ones preferred by most," said Panzo.

If it's not the girls trying to sell them troop leaders like Sharon Seng end up with the surplus. Seng says she spends days trying to sell the extra cookies on her own or she ends up buying them herself.

But by only having the original and most popular six cookies to sell, she has no doubt they won't last long.

"I think if we just stick with the basics people will be happy with that-i think it will be great," said Seng.

So far they haven't had any customers complain about the cookie cutbacks.

Of course we will just have to wait and see until after march sales if they actually made money by cutting back.

The Girl Scout Council will be providing their feedback to the Girl Scout's National Product sales. As for when the cookies will make there way into our area looks like it will be sometime around mid February with the scouts selling them through mid March.

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