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Amazon’s 1.7 Million Free Bananas ‘Disrupting’ Local Fruit Economy

Amazon has transformed businesses including retailing, filmmaking and data storage. But no one anticipated the bananas. It started with a brainstorm from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon should offer everyone near its headquarters — not just employees — healthy, eco-friendly snacks as a public service. After considering oranges, Amazon picked bananas, and opened its first Community Banana Stand in late 2015. However, not everyone is pleased with the ecommerce giant’s effort. From a report: Although there is no money in Amazon’s community banana stands — where the company has been offering free fruit to both workers and locals in Seattle since 2015 — the tech giant’s largesse is changing the banana landscape for some nearby businesses. […] Thus far, the company says it’s handed out more than 1.7 million free banana, reports The Wall Street Journal. But while many folks are fans of the free bananas, others say it’s changing banana consumption in the community: Some workers say it’s harder to find bananas at local grocery stores, while nearby eateries have also stopped selling as many banana as they used to.

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