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Shelf-Help?

Looks like shelf space is still the corporations' turf.

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This story appears in the October 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Don't expect the FTC to side with the Davids of the grocery business against the Goliaths yet. That was the message in a letter the FTC sent out in June rejecting a petition for changes in "slotting allowances" companies pay groceries for prime shelf placement.

"This response sends a chill up the spine of small manufacturers, whose ability to bring their products to consumers is being whittled away by the companies that control dominant shares of the marketplace," said Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), ranking member of the Small Business Committee.

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