McCormick & Company, Inc.

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In the Matter of McCormick & Company, Incorporated
FTC Matter/File Number:

9610050

Docket Number:

C-3939

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

McCormick & Company agreed to settle charges that it violated the Robinson-Patman Act when the firm charged some retailers higher net prices for its spice and seasoning products than it charged other retailers. According to the complaint, McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, offered its products to some retailers at substantial discounts using a variety of different discounting schemes, such as slotting allowances, free goods, off-invoice discounts and cash rebates. The order prohibits McCormick from engaging in price discrimination and from selling its products to any purchaser at a net price higher than McCormick charged the purchaser’s competitor.