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Table 4 Supermarkets’ adherence to their own checkout food policies

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 Policy category Our interpretation of policy for determination of adherence Checkout journeys with food inconsistent with policies, n (%)
1 Hypermarket Clear and consistent Only food that counts as 5-a-day, has no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, is in a pack of 50 g or less, or is deemed a ‘healthier’ snack by Department of Health 0
  Large supermarket Clear and consistent Only food that counts as 5-a-day, has no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, is in a pack of 50 g or less, or is deemed a ‘healthier’ snack by Department of Health 0
  Small supermarket Clear and consistent Only food that counts as 5-a-day, has no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, is in a pack of 50 g or less, or is deemed a ‘healthier’ snack by Department of Health 3 (5.1)
  Convenience store Clear and consistent Only food that counts as 5-a-day, has no ‘red’ traffic light ratings, is in a pack of 50 g or less, or is deemed a ‘healthier’ snack by Department of Health 0
2 Large supermarket Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery or chocolate confectionery food groups in main checkouts (staffed belt checkouts) 2 (2.4)
3 Large supermarket Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery, chocolate confectionery or soft drinks, carbonated/still food groups in 1/3 of checkouts Metric not applicable given focus on 1/3 checkouts1
4 Large supermarket Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery or chocolate confectionery food groups in main checkouts (directly at the till) Metric not applicable given difference in definition of checkout area2
5 Large supermarket Clear and consistent Only foods in the nuts & seeds, dried fruit, sugar-free confectionery, soft drinks, diet and bottled water food categories; as well as crispbread/flatbread, popcorn and rice snacks, savoury vegetable snacks, snack bars based on dried fruit & nuts, cereals or protein 0
7 Large supermarket Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery or chocolate confectionery food groups 14 (17.9)
  Convenience store Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery or chocolate confectionery food groups 3 (11.5)
8 Large supermarket Clear and consistent Only foods in the nuts & seeds, dried fruit, sugar-free confectionery, soft drinks, diet and bottled water food categories; as well as crispbread/flatbread, popcorn and rice snacks, savoury vegetable snacks, snack bars based on dried fruit & nuts, cereals or protein 0
9 Convenience store Vague or inconsistent No foods in the sugary confectionery, chocolate confectionery, crisps & savoury snacks, biscuits or buns, cakes, pastries & fruit pies food groups (franchise stores excluded) 6 (60.0)
  1. 1Two out of the five included stores had no checkout foods; the other three had 78.4, 84.0 and 100% of checkout journeys with food inconsistent with policies hence these three stores were non adherent with the policy to have 1/3 of checkouts ‘guilt free’
  2. 2Using our definition of checkout area, 95 (79.2%) of checkouts contained food inconsistent with policy