SLOTTING FEES EXAMINED BY SENATE SMALL BUSINESS PANEL

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Two witnesses -- their identity masked by black hoods and their voice electronically altered -- were among those who told a Senate committee here last week that slotting fees are barring food-product manufacturers without ample capitalization from expanding their distribution or entering new markets.Slotting fees -- the long-controversial charge food retailers and wholesalers often

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Two witnesses -- their identity masked by black hoods and their voice electronically altered -- were among those who told a Senate committee here last week that slotting fees are barring food-product manufacturers without ample capitalization from expanding their distribution or entering new markets.

Slotting fees -- the long-controversial charge food retailers and wholesalers often impose to introduce a product into their distribution systems -- were the focus of

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