The Federal Trade Commission is poised to file a law suit against McCormick & Co., Sparks, Md., according to industry sources. The suit would allege the company paid different allowances, mostly in the form of discounts, to retailers for shelf space and good position for its spice products. Should the manufacturer be found at fault, retailers who solicited payments or even knew about them could also come under fire.
tson's, Boise, Idaho, said last week it will close bakery facilities in Brea and Buena Park, Calif., Dec. 27. Albertson's gained the latter site when it acquired American Stores Co., Salt Lake City, earlier this year. The company said the bakeries were unable to satisfy the demand generated by Albertson's southern California locations, and it will buy breads, buns and other baked goods from Interstate Brands Corp., St. Louis, instead.