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Dietz & Watson vs. Boar's Head Brands


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Dietz & Watson vs. Boar's Head Brands

alkapal | Feb 6, 2010 08:02 AM

1. Do these companies have exclusivity agreements with retailers, so that retailers cannot sell the competitor's product? It looks like Boar's head requires exclusivity, but Dietz & Watson does not -- and seeks to open up the market for consumer choice.

2. There was a recent dispute down in Florida involving Boar's Head, and non-Publix markets (Publix sells Boar's head exclusively. D&W wants Publix to also sell its products). It involved, at a minimum, Boar's Head's trucks blocking parking lots, etc.
""Mr. Cook reported: “the Sarasota-based company ran off customers at Topps Supermarket, The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market, Mario’s Italian Meat Market and City Deli by parking trucks in parking lots and entranceways.”

How could this happen?

Only Boar’s Head knows for sure, but the Ft. Myers businesses were hosting fundraising events for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which is based in Dallas. Folks I talked with said Boar’s Head truckers intentionally blocked several entrances and occupied a dozen parking spaces in the parking lots of the markets, even though Boar’s Head does NOT do business with any of those markets. There’re even posted photographs of this bully-behavior."""

What is going on with Boar's Head?
Have you heard of this conduct where you're at?
Florida Hounds there in Lee and Charlotte counties, what really happened? What insights can you offer?

3. Which line of products do you think is superior? Or are some things better in one line, and other things better in the competitor's line?

I've been thinking about this since I heard third-hand about the Boar's Head kerfuffle, and also since I bought some nice Dietz and Watson "London Broil" the other day.

Here is an article about a couple of these issues, if you'd like to comment on it, too:

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