As the largest high- street supermarket, Tesco gets a bad rap for a number of reasons, some justified and some not. For all their reported downsides such as accusations that they monopolise the food and grocery industry, causing local businesses to go under by taking over local stores etc etc, they seem to have got it right recently. Tesco have become the first chain to actively remove sweets and chocolates from checkouts across all of its stores. This is a huge statement for showing their support of health and wellbeing. OK, it doesn’t detract from the fact that they pump the smell of fresh bread and donuts into the store to encourage you to buy that, but it’s a step in the right direction right? Tesco are going ‘junk free’ at their checkouts, let’s see if it makes any difference in reducing the so called ‘pester power’ retailers are able to place on consumers. Linda Hindle of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) (my governing body) states:
“By making this announcement, Tesco is demonstrating real leadership to the other major retailers and we call on them to establish ‘Junk Free Checkouts!”
Well done for taking this step Tesco, it is without doubt a step in the right direction!