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I-Mei denies report of plan to stop selling tobacco

I-Mei denies report of plan to stop selling tobacco

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) I-Mei Food Co., one of Taiwan's largest food producers, said Wednesday that there have been discussions within the company on whether it will stop selling tobacco in its chain stores but that no decisions have been made so far, denying a report that it is planning to do so. The report on the front page of the United Evening News' Wednesday edition said I-Mei will from April 2 stop selling tobacco products at its 88 chain stores around the country. "This is a premature thought," said I-Mei General Manager Kao Chih-ming (???), adding that the company will not make an announcement until a decision has been made. Acknowledging that discussions are being held on the issue, Kao said his company is making an effort to improve its business image. Despite Kao's dismissal of the report, however, the issue has already sparked heated debate in the retail market. Taiwan's four major convenience store operators are apparently holding a wait-and-see attitude toward the idea of not selling tobacco products in their chain stores, as 7-Eleven, the country's largest convenience story chain, said it was still trying to understand the matter. Family Mart said the company has not discussed the issue, while Hi-Life affirmed that it has no plans for the moment to stop tobacco distribution. Meanwhile. OK Mart has also made clear that it will not stop selling cigarettes. OK Mart explained that its stores have a policy of not promoting tobacco products, although they stock and sell such goods. Major hypermarket operators Carrefour, RT-Mart and Amart, as well as supermarket chain Pxmart, have all said they will keep their tobacco sales policies unchanged. Costco, meanwhile, told CNA that it will stop selling tobacco in Taiwan once its existing stocks are sold out. (By Chen Cheng-wei, Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:48 GMT+08:00