Slotting Fees: Effort to Study the Use of These Payments in the Grocery Industry: T-RCED-00-295

September 2000
GAO Reports;9/14/2000, p1
Government Documents
Slotting fees are payments from grocery manufacturers to retailers to encourage the introduction of new products on retailers' shelves. Much anecdotal information exists on the use of slotting fees by the industry and its impact on small businesses and consumers, but little hard evidence is available. This testimony describes GAO's efforts, working with two grocery industry associations, to produce a report on the dollar amounts of slotting fees on several food categories, accounting practices for these fees, and related company policies and procedures. Because of the sensitive trade practices involved, no companies were identified that would be willing to participate in GAO's study. Industry officials expressed concern about providing any outside group with information that they consider sensitive and proprietary.


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