Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy

Effective Date: January 4th, 2022

Explore Cuisine (“Explore Cuisine”) has determined that advertising its products at prices below certain levels undermines Explore Cuisine’s brand and discourages our retailers from investing in the growth of Explore Cuisine product lines, generating a sustainable profit margin for retailers and providing the best possible service and support to consumers. Therefore, Explore Cuisine has adopted this Minimum Advertised Price (“MAP”) policy (the “Policy”), which applies to all Advertisements (as defined below) of Explore Cuisine products by all retailers of Explore Cuisine products (hereinafter, “Retailers”).

 

MINIMUM ADVERTISED PRICE

MAP is established solely by Explore Cuisine and will be communicated to all Retailers. The products, Suggested Retail Prices (“SRPs”), and MAP may be changed from time to time at Explore Cuisine’s sole discretion. If Explore Cuisine changes the MAP on any product, it will provide at least 30 days’ notice to Retailers before such change takes effect.

It is a violation of this Policy for a Retailer to advertise any Explore Cuisine product(s) at a price lower than the published MAP. This policy applies to all advertisements of Explore Cuisine products in any and all media as well as any advertising within brick and mortar retail stores or other selling venues.

The MAP Pricing for Explore Cuisine has been set in accordance with the MAP Pricing Schedule attached hereto (“Exhibit A”)

An advertisement includes any and all promotional or pricing information accessible to consumers via any type of media, marketing, or promotional materials, including, without limitation:

  • Flyers, posters, coupons, mailers, inserts, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail order catalogues, internet or similar electronic media including web sites, email and email solicitations, newsletters, television, radio, public signage, trade shows, billboards; and
  • All forms of Internet advertising, including, without limitation, all websites and website pages and banners, social media, emails, blogs, portal sites, and search engines (including but not limited to Google, Google Shopping, Yahoo, etc.) whether or not products are sold from those sites. This includes prices listed in emails, search engines or placement of ads on any other website, including natural or paid search engine listings, shopping sites, marketplaces and auction sites. Internet sites that ask customers to utilize their shopping cart as a way of displaying pricing are in violation of this Policy. At no time may the Retailer make any statement on its website or other sites in connection with any product that indicates or implies that a lower price may be found at the online checkout stage. Moreover, using another company’s website to display a lower price than the MAP and offering a link to your website or to display a lower price than MAP is prohibited.

 

Direct or indirect attempts to circumvent this Policy will be considered a violation of this Policy. Such attempts may include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of any discount, gift card, coupon, giveaway, rebate offer or incentive (whether in the form of a special event, promotion, condition to doing business or otherwise) in any advertising by a Retailer where the cumulative effect is to reduce the advertised price of any product(s).
  • Advertisements that bundle or include free or discounted Explore Cuisine products with other products or services (whether or not manufactured by Explore Cuisine) if such bundling has the effect of discounting the advertised price of the Explore Cuisine product below the MAP. In the case of bundles, the advertised price of the bundle must be equal to or greater than the total of the MAP of each product (from Explore Cuisine or from other manufacturers) in such bundle. If other products in the bundle do not have a MAP, then its retail price must be used. Other products may be advertised as giveaways with the purchase of any Explore Cuisine product, but the advertised value of such give-away shall not exceed the MAP price for Explore Cuisine plus the MAP or SRP of the other product.
  • For multipack offers the MAP of the multipack is the quantity of product in the multipack multiplied by the respective MAP of the products that comprise said multipack.

 

An “advertisement” shall not include any in-store advertising that is displayed only in the store and not distributed to any customer. In-store displays, point-of-sale signs, hangtags or bar codes or similar marks on products or product packaging that merely states the related product’s price are not considered “advertising.” Discontinued merchandise approved by Explore Cuisine are excluded from the MAP Policy. This MAP Policy does not establish maximum advertised prices. All Retailers may offer products at any price in excess of the respective product MAP.

 

POLICY VIOLATIONS

Explore Cuisine will monitor and review Retailers’ advertisements for violations of this Policy. Violations of the Policy shall be determined by Explore Cuisine in its sole discretion. Retailers have no right to enforce the Policy and Explore Cuisine will not communicate with any Retailer or third-party regarding violations of this Policy by others. Explore Cuisine reserves the right to impose the following if Explore Cuisine believes that:

  • A Retailer has violated the provisions of this Policy; or
  • A Retailer has engaged in any activity that Explore Cuisine determines, in its sole discretion, is designed or intended to circumvent the intent of this Policy.

Specifically, Explore Cuisine will take the following actions, which apply to all Retailers, should a Retailer fail to comply with the Policy:

First Violation: Warning only. Request to abide by Policy within 24 hours. No action taken.

Second Violation: Block Retailer’s account for 30 days after sending notice of the violation.

Third Violation: Cease doing business with Retailer.

However, Explore Cuisine reserves the right to not provide prior notice before taking action under this Policy.


POLICY MODIFICATIONS

Explore Cuisine reserves the right at any time to modify, suspend, or discontinue this MAP Policy, in whole or in part, or to designate periods during which the terms of the Policy change or are not applicable. No Explore Cuisine employee or agent is authorized to modify, interpret, or grant exceptions to this Policy for any Retailer. No person has authorization to modify this Policy or to solicit or obtain agreement of any person to this Policy, and any such modification or agreement is invalid. Any questions about this Policy should be submitted in writing and directed to Explore Cuisine.

 

UNILATERAL ACTION

This Policy does not constitute an agreement between any Retailer or other party and Explore Cuisine. Explore Cuisine is not seeking, and will not accept, any agreement or other assurance of compliance from any Retailer or other party to adhere to this MAP Policy. It is entirely within the discretion of the Retailer whether to comply or not comply. This Policy is non-negotiable and will not be modified for any Retailer. The Policy is not intended to control, influence, determine, limit, or affect in any way the actual prices at which Retailers ultimately sell Explore Cuisine products to its consumers. The Policy is strictly limited to restrictions on advertised prices. Each Retailer remains free to determine its own resale price for Explore Cuisine products.

 

Exhibit A

Explore Cuisine MAP Pricing

Effective Date: January 4th, 2022

Explore Cusine Pasta        
Description Explore Cuisine Item Number UPC MSRP MAP
Organic Black Bean Spaghetti 300600 8 54183-00600 3 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Edamame Mung Bean Fettuccine 300602 8 54183-00602 7 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Edamame Spaghetti 300604 8 54183-00604 1 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Edamame & Spirulina Spaghetti 300823 8 55433-00823 5 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Red Lentil Penne 300629 8 54183-00629 4 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Chickpea Fusilli 300627 8 54183-00627 0 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Red Lentil Spaghetti 300630 8 54183-00630 0 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Chickpea Spaghetti 300628 8 54183-00628 7 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Green Lentil Penne 300634 8 54183-00634 8 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Green Lentil Lasagna 300631 8 54183-00631 7 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Fava Bean Fusilli 300835 8 55433-00835 8 $5.99 $4.49
Explore Cuisine Asian Selection      
Organic Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles 300618 8 54183-00618 8 $5.99 $4.49
Organic Brown Rice Ramen Noodles (NEW) 300811 8 55433-00811 2 $5.99 $4.49
Explore Cuisine Heat & Eat      
Organic Red Lentil Rigatoni Arrabbiata 300828 8 5543300828 0 $24.99 $23.99
Organic Red Lentil Rigatoni Marinara 300829 8 5543300829 7 $24.99 $23.99
Organic Red Lentil Rigatoni Spinach & Garlic 300830 8 5543300830 3 $24.99 $23.99
Organic Red Lentil Rigatoni Basil Pesto 300831 8 5543300831 0 $24.99 $23.99
Explore Cuisine 2lb Boxes      
Edamame Spaghetti 2lb 300689 85418300689 8 $19.99 $18.99
Black Bean Spaghetti 2lb 300687 85418300687 4 $19.99 $18.99
Brown Rice Noodles Pad thai 2lb 300815 85543300815 0 $19.99 $18.99
Brown Rice Ramen 2lb 300818 85543300818 1 $19.99 $18.99