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Supermarkets / Slotting #129340

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 25, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Little River, Kansas: Morton Dean) ABC News investigation into what companies pay to get space on supermarket shelves featured; details given of "slotting," payment of entry fees to get into stores; scenes shown from Little River, Kansas, where one cookie entrepreneur is caught in a marketing bind. [Cookies by Carolyn WRIGHT - comments.] Per item slotting fees demanded by specific supermarkets outlined on screen. Problems faced by small companies in reaching shelves of larger chains examined. [Sloan's Supermarkets chairman Jules ROSE - cites store's costs.] ["Food Distribution Magazine" publisher Brad McDOWELL - says it is extortion.] [WRIGHT - says this is consumer rape because they wind up paying the slotting fee.]

Dean, Morton;
Jennings, Peter

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