Supermarket giant Tesco made an announcement recently that they would stop offering sweets for sale at their checkout lines. The point of this new program is to prevent impulse buying and increase good health in their customer’s lifestyles. In a study performed by the store, it was discovered that the vast majority of customers – nearly 65 percent – are happy with the store’s decision to stop selling candy and chocolate at the checkout line. As a parent who sometimes has to take her kids into the supermarket, I support this. There’s nothing as difficult as keeping kids away from the sweets at the checkout line, which is something 67 percent of Tesco shoppers agree with.
The supermarket chain is only removing sweets from its smaller locations, Tesco Metro and Tesco Express, because they already removed the option from the larger stores nearly two decades ago. While there is no exact date when your nearest Tesco will see the sweets disappear, they will be removed from all stores no later than the end of December.
“We all know how easy it is to be tempted by sugary snacks at the checkout, and we want to help our customers lead healthier lives. We’ve already removed billions of calories from our soft drinks, sandwiches and ready meal ranges and we will continue to look for opportunities to take out more,” says Philip Clark, CEO of Tesco. This comes on the heels of other large chains announcing their plans to remove sugar and sweets from checkout lines earlier this year. These brands include everything from Co-operative to Lidl to Sainsbury. In an effort to assist people make healthier, wiser decisions in terms of what they eat, the supermarket’s plan is a good one. With more obese and overweight people than ever before, most countries need assistance like this.
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