UK retailers remove sweets from checkouts
Discount retailer Aldi has announced it will remove sweets from its checkout areas as it looks to operate “healthier tills” in the UK. The company said that all confectionery, sweets and chocolate will be replaced by items such as dried fruit, nuts, juice and water from January 2015. The rollout to about 500 stores follows a successful 16-week trial at some of ALDI’s UK stores earlier this year.
Tesco will also remove sweets and chocolates from checkouts across its full range of store formats in the UK by the end of the year. The move follows research which found that nearly two-thirds of Tesco customers thought that removing confectionery from checkouts would help them make healthier choices when shopping. Sweets and chocolates will be removed from checkouts at all stores, including Tesco Metro and Express convenience stores by the end of December 2014.