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The Snapshot Series: Retail Initiatives from around the World

There are four primary methods through which retail environments influence diet and in turn can be altered to improve the healthiness of their environments:

  1. By selecting the range of food products available for sale.
  2. By deciding the placement of food products.
  3. By setting the price of food products and deciding which products are on price promotion (i.e. 30% off).
  4. By using promotional strategies to advertise particular food products.

As part of our aim to inspire and propose solutions for improving the healthiness of the retail food environments, we have collated examples of initiatives, that have been implemented around the world, using these four methods or combinations of these methods. We hope that by providing a central hub for work (largely voluntary) within this area, retailers, researchers and policy makers within the EAP region will be inspired to take action to improve their own food environments. Additionally, it should be noted that unless stated explicitly initiatives have not been independently evaluated and consequently results cannot be verified.

We encourage you to explore the interactive map below, and click through to various highlighted initiatives to see a snapshot summary of work that has been done in this area.

 

DISCLAIMER: Reference to specific companies and their food retail initiatives on this website does not in any way imply an endorsement by UNICEF or Deakin. Examples are provided for educational purposes only and UNICEF and Deakin cannot confirm the accuracy of information provided by third parties.

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List of healthy retail initiatives

Fruit and vegetable promotion in Norway

Checkout & End of Aisles Changes in a large Australian retailer

‘Plan for Better’ Strategy by British Supermarket Chain Retailer

UK Supermarket Healthy Checkout Policy

UK Retailer Commits to Support Healthy Diets

Multicomponent Trial in Australian Supermarkets

Healthier Food for Less in American Supermarkets

Healthy Checkouts in Dutch Supermarket Chain

Multiple options for encouraging healthier purchases in UK

Healthier store layouts – good for health and business

City of Berkeley Healthy Checkout Regulations

Healthy Food Strategy in Australian Rural Community Stores

B’More Healthy Retail initiative for food stores in Baltimore

Nudging healthier choices in the Netherlands

Healthy Store Options at Remote Indigenous Communities

Healthy Eating for Life Supermarket Initiative

The Supermarket Healthy Options Project in New Zealand

Healthy Retail in US Tribally Owned Convenience Stores

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Price Increase in Australian Stores

Voluntary Nutrition Labelling in Canadian Supermarkets

Guiding Healthier Food and Beverage Choices in US

In-Store Marketing Strategies to Promote Healthier Purchases

Belgian retailer discounts healthy foods in loyalty program

UK Supermarket supports healthy eating

UK Discount Supermarket takes action to support healthy diets

Price parity pledge by Supermarket Retailer in the UK

British retailer restricts marketing of unhealthy food to children

Healthy Corner Store Initiative in the USA

New Zealand Retailer resets their health and nutrition targets

Indonesian retailer adopts sugar labelling for beverages

Support healthier food environments

Interested to know how more about supporting the promotion of healthier food environments for all children in the Asia and Pacific region? Whether you’re a retailer, policymaker, researcher, or advocate, we have tips for getting involved and supporting the development of healthier food environments.

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