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FTC Slotting Fee Report Outlines Research Needs, Enforcement Direction

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Immediate establishment of formal slotting allowance guidelines is discouraged by the staff of the Federal Trade Commission in a report issued Feb. 20.

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Formal guidelines on shelf-access payments are not appropriate "at this time," FTC tells trade groups in recent letter. Agency denies petition submitted April 14, 2000 by Independent Bakers Association, Tortilla Industry Association and National Association of Chewing Gum Manufacturers requesting issuance of guidelines. Commission's decision is in line with advice offered by FTC staff in February 2001 report (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 26, 2001, p. 8). FTC and its staff "are continuing to study slotting allowances and related grocery marketing practices, and further guidance in these subjects may be warranted as more is learned," letter says...

Slotting fees

Formal guidelines on shelf-access payments are not appropriate "at this time," FTC tells trade groups in recent letter. Agency denies petition submitted April 14, 2000 by Independent Bakers Association, Tortilla Industry Association and National Association of Chewing Gum Manufacturers requesting issuance of guidelines. Commission's decision is in line with advice offered by FTC staff in February 2001 report (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 26, 2001, p. 8). FTC and its staff "are continuing to study slotting allowances and related grocery marketing practices, and further guidance in these subjects may be warranted as more is learned," letter says...

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The Federal Trade Commission is slated to receive nearly $1 mil. in funding under the agency's FY 2001 budget to investigate retail slotting fees. Also known as slotting allowances, the fees are payments given by manufacturers to retailers in return for product placement on store shelves.

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