One of the longest-running controversies in the food-distribution business has to do with slotting fees and whether they constitute a fair business practice. This is one of those rare issues that can be defended or attacked with equal validity, depending upon where you sit. Here's how a retailer or wholesaler would frame the argument: "Manufacturers constantly heap new products on us, then launch promotional campaigns that compel consumers to look for them in our stores. But many of these ...

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