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Table 3 Type of checkout foods (grouped by NDNS food groups) by checkout food policy category

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

NDNS food group Products included Checkout journeys where food group present, n (%) p for trend
All supermarkets Checkout food policy category
Clear and consistent Vague or inconsistent No policy
Biscuits Cream crackers, flapjacks, breadsticks, oatcakes, rice cakes, crispbread, cereal bars & protein snack bars, ice cream cornet/wafers, gluten free biscuits 291 (27.9) 63 (14.7) 87 (17.5) 27 (22.9) < 0.001
Bottled water, carbonated or still   106 (10.2) 53 (12.3) 49 (9.9) 4 (3.4) 0.001
Buns, cakes, pastries & fruit pies Purchased/retail buns, cakes or pastries; Danish pastries, currant bun, doughnuts, American muffins, Eccles cakes, Bakewell tarts, jam tarts, scones (sweet and savoury), sponge cakes, fruit cakes, eclairs, fruit loaf, malt loaf, gateaux, pastry, mince pies, sponge fingers, scotch pancakes, croissants, custard tart, lemon meringue pie, egg custard, caramel shortcake 45 (4.3) 0 (0) 23 (4.6) 19 (16.1) < 0.001
Chocolate confectionery Chocolate bars, filled bars, assortments, carob, diabetic and low calorie chocolate, traditional snack bars 241 (23.1) 0 (0) 165 (33.3) 44 (37.3) < 0.001
Crisps & savoury snacks All potato and cereal based snacks, popcorn (not sweet), twiglets, pretzels, pork scratchings, pea snacks, rice snacks, meat based snacks 219 (21.0) 50 (11.6) 55 (11.1) 29 (24.6) < 0.001
Dried fruit Dried fruit without added sugar, dried fruit with sugar, banana chips 160 (15.3) 72 (16.7) 68 (13.7) 20 (16.9) 0.59
Fresh fruit   2 (0.2) 2 (0.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.13
High fibre breakfast cereals   15 (1.4) 0 (0) 0 (0) 15 (12.7) < 0.001
Nuts & seeds Fruit and nut mixes, coconut, salted peanuts, nut butters, tahini, bombay mix, snack bars based on dried fruit & nuts 369 (35.3) 88 (20.5) 92 (18.5) 23 (19.5) 0.34
Soft drinks, carbonated/still   47 (4.5) 3 (0.7) 23 (4.6) 6 (5.1) < 0.001
Soft drinks, diet   67 (6.4) 14 (3.3) 49 (9.9) 4 (3.4) 0.06
Sugary confectionery Boiled sweets, gums, pastilles, fudge, chews, mints, rock, liquorice, toffees, chewing gum, sweet popcorn, ice lollies (not ice cream), nougat, halva 326 (31.2) 36 (8.4) 213 (42.9) 77 (65.3) < 0.001
Sugar-free confectionery Sugar-free versions of products listed under ‘sugary confectionery’ 377 (36.1) 123 (28.6) 237 (47.8) 17 (14.4) 0.57
White bread All types of bread & bread products made with white wheat flour 11 (1.1) 0 (0) 3 (0.6) 8 (6.8) < 0.001
Soup   1 (0.1) 0 (0) 1 (0.2) 0 (0) 0.651