At a press conference on April 14,2000, AAI President Albert A. Foer endorsed a petition for the FTC to develop guidelines for slotting allowances. The FTC will be holding a workshop on slotting allowances on May 31 and June 1, at which time the idea of guidelines will be raised as one possible approach to the problems identified in recent Senate hearings. The AAI set forth its position in testimony before the Senate Small Business Committee on 9/14/99 that was presented by Advisory Board Member Robert Skitol. Mr. Skitol drafted the guidelines petition on behalf of the Independent Bakers Association, the Tortilla Industry Association, and the National Association of Chewing Gum Manufacturers.
Mr. Foer told reporters that the idea of guidelines is a natural follow-on to prior Congressional hearings and to the Commission's McCormick case, as a way of further clarifying federal policy in an area that is currently out of control. Enforcement Guidelines would be especially valuable because slotting allowances involve a variety of gray areas; guidelines can help companies better understand when allowances are likely to be challenged. The AAI has no relationship with any of the parties to the petition, but has had an on-going interest in competitive issues relating to the food industry.