Wegmans facing calls to remove Trump winery products from Virginia stores
- Author: Darren Santiago Feb 19, 2017,
Feb 19, 2017, 0:35
Wegmans now sells five wines from the Trump Winery, a winery located on a 1,300-acre estate in Virginia.
The Gates-based grocer said its 10 Virginia stores had mostly sold out of many varieties of the Trump-banded wine despite an effort to boycott the product and Wegmans for selling the product that gained widespread public attention earlier in the week.
Wegmans Food Market is facing criticism from consumers for carrying wines produced by Trump Winery, a business venture connected to President Donald Trump, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale said that they only remove products from stores if they are performing poorly. At the time, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he has "been a huge salesman for Trump wine", and wished the business success despite not wanting Trump to be president.
"Our role as a retailer is to offer choice to our customers", she said, adding that the company ultimately decides whether to stock a product based exclusively on how well it sells. (Wegmans refused to bow to the pressure to take Trump wine of its shelves.) "Individual shoppers who feel strongly about an issue can demonstrate their convictions by refusing to buy a product". "For various reasons, we are sometimes asked to stop selling a product". While many Trump products are not made in the United States, the Virginia-based Trump Winery is one of few exceptions.
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Wegmans said Friday it has seen sales of Trump wines jump as news of the boycott spread. All those wineries sold many more bottles than Trump Winery at Virginia ABC stories.
"We are completely sold out", said a store manager, who did not want to give her full name.
The group plans to carry out these actions until the day that "Donald and Eric Trump stop supporting and implementing policies of hate, and publicly pledge to preserve and protect the rights of all Americans: especially people of color, LGBTQ, Muslims, immigrants, and women". That, combined with the passion his election has stirred has prompted some people to protest stores that sell Trump brand products. However, those stores can special order wine for customers.
"I'm really interested in good real estate, not so much in wine", Trump said at the time.