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Andronico's Stubs Out Tobacco as Part of 'Clean & Green' Initiative

ALBANY, Calif. - Andronico's Markets joined Wegmans as another high-profile, high-quality specialty supermarket operator that is committed to ceasing the sale of tobacco products. The eight -unit, upscale independent operator said it will stop selling tobacco as of February 4, as part of an overall program of initiatives it is calling Clean & Green, that it will roll out in coming months.

"We have been contemplating this for several years," president and c.e.o. Bill Andronico told Progressive Grocer when asked about the timing of the announcement. "It's all part of a rising consciousness at Andronico's that will include the upcoming Clean and Green initiatives, and our existing our sustainable fish program and exclusively cage free egg offering.

"While tobacco sales are profitable for us, we feel that cigarettes and tobacco products are out of step with our goal of providing sustainable, wholesome, well-crafted products for our customers," Andronico said.

In the coming months, Andronico's will implement other initiatives involving energy efficiency, local sourcing, packaging, and other programs support good health and good eating, he said.
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