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Tesco to move sweets away from checkouts

Tesco to move sweets away from checkouts

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced plans to remove sweets and chocolate from its checkouts in order to help shoppers to "lead healthier lives".
 
Under the changes, confectionery will be taken away from tills at all Tesco shops, including its smaller convenience stores, from the end of December this year.
 
Tesco claims it is the first retailer in the UK to make such a pledge regarding sweets and chocolate at checkouts across all its store formats, including its Express and Metro outlets.
 
Confectionery was removed from larger Tesco stores in 1994 and the supermarket's chief executive Philip Clarke stated the company has also "removed billions of calories from our soft drinks, sandwiches and ready meal ranges by changing the recipes to reduce their sugar, salt and fat content" in order to improve customers' health, with plans to go further with this policy.
 
Many parents complain that treats next to the checkout mean that they are subjected to 'pester power' while paying for goods and a study discovered that two-thirds (65 per cent) of shoppers felt removing confectionery from tills would help them in making healthier decisions.
 
When confectionery is in a dedicated aisle, shoppers can avoid it if they are out with children or are trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle, but all consumers stop at the checkout.
 
More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of parents stated that removing sweets and chocolate from the vicinity of tills would assist them with making healthier choices for their kids.
 
Welcoming the decision by Tesco, Mumsnet's Katie O'Donovan said: "It's really positive to see a supermarket responding to the views of their customers and trying to make life that little bit easier."
 
The move coincides with publication of the second Tesco and Society report outlining the organisation's progress in meeting a series of goals, with plans to trial healthier products at tills before the policy is rolled out across all stores.
 
A similar decision was taken by grocery chain Lidl in January this year. Confectionery was removed from checkouts in its 600 British outlets and replaced with healthier options such as juices, nuts, fruit and oatcakes following a successful trial in 2013.

 

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