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Table 1 UK supermarket policies on checkout food, May–July 2017

From: The nature of UK supermarkets’ policies on checkout food and associations with healthfulness and type of food displayed: cross-sectional study

Supermarket group Store format Products removed Suggested replacement products Information source Checkouts where policies apply Year of implementation (month if known) Policy category
1 Hypermarket
Large supermarket
Small supermarket
Convenience store
Sweets and chocolate Healthier snacks such as dried fruit, nuts and cereal bars. These should either be one of your 5-a-day, have no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, be in calorie controlled snack packs, or be deemed by the Department of Health to be a ‘healthier snack’. Annual report, supermarket’s own web page All checkouts 2015 (January) Clear and consistent
2 Large supermarket Confectionery Not stated Customer service Main checkouts where a family is expected to shop with a trolley 2004 Vague or inconsistent
Convenience store No policy No policy Customer service No policy NA No policy
3 Large supermarket Limits display of confectionery treats to one in three checkouts “Guilt free” checkouts (not defined) Radio interview and consumer report 1/3 of checkouts 2012 Vague or inconsistent
4 Large supermarket Sweets and chocolate Range of alternative snacks, including fruit, nuts and bottled water Supermarket’s own web page, customer service Main bank checkouts (directly at the till) 2016 (February) Vague or inconsistent
5 Large supermarket Confectionery, chocolate and sweets Healthier options including dried fruit, nuts, juices and water Supermarket’s own web page All checkouts 2015 (January) Clear and consistent
6 Convenience store No policy No policy Customer service No policy NA No policy
7 Large supermarket Sweets Not stated Customer service All checkouts 2014 (August) Vague or inconsistent
  Convenience store Sweets Not stated Customer service All checkouts, except in stores with petrol stations 2014 (August) Vague or inconsistent
8 Large supermarket Sweets and chocolate More nutritious options such as dried fruits and nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and fruit juices Supermarket’s own web page All checkouts 2014 (January) Clear and consistent
9 Convenience store Confectionery, crisps, cakes and biscuits Not stated Customer service All checkouts in stores owned by company, not in franchise stores 2015 (September) Vague or inconsistent