CANDY MAKERS DISCUSS INDUSTRY CHALLENGES AT ROUNDTABLE

PHOENIX -- "We don't charge a slotting fee," said Kenneth Fries, category manager for confectionery at the 7-Eleven convenience store chain."So many retailers ask manufacturers to pay for fixtures, et cetera," he added. "Long-term, those retailers who look at it objectively will have to say, 'I cannot survive on slotting fees. Eventually I'm going to have to sell something and make money on it.' "Fries

PHOENIX -- "We don't charge a slotting fee," said Kenneth Fries, category manager for confectionery at the 7-Eleven convenience store chain.

"So many retailers ask manufacturers to pay for fixtures, et cetera," he added. "Long-term, those retailers who look at it objectively will have to say, 'I cannot survive on slotting fees. Eventually I'm going to have to sell something and make money on it.' "

Fries made his comments as part of a roundtable on category management here at

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