Andronicos stops selling Tobacco products
Progressive Grocer reports that as of last Monday, Andronicos has pulled all Tobacco products from their shelves. Part of a broader initiative called “clean and green” that will be continuing over the coming months.
“We have been contemplating this for several years,” said president and c.e.o. Bill Andronico. Adding, “It’s all part of a rising consciousness at Andronico’s that will include the upcoming Clean and Green initiatives. . .”
I certainly agree that the widespread use of most tobacco products creates a burden for taxpayers, a certain health risk for users and a nuisance for many others. Putting that aside, I wonder if there are any responsible tobacco growers and tobacco product manufacturers out there. It seems that Andronicos could still carry tobacco products under those conditions?
Regardless, Andronicos has made substantial efforts to inform their customers of the impact of their purchases at their stores. Specifically the sustainable ratings system applied to the fish for sale at their markets. They also receive high quality ratings from sites like The Eat Well Guide for buying locally and sustainably.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the next initiative is to roll out.
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