Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S and Morrisons customers to see huge change in store layout
Supermarket customers will see a huge change in stores across the country as well as many other high street retailers. Under the new Government legislation, stores like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Marks and Spencer and Morrisons will have to adhere to the new store layouts in order to tackle obesity.
Specialist retailers like chocolate shops are also exempt from the location restrictions.
The announcement, which was made yesterday, will affect businesses employing more than 50 people and stores larger than 2,000 square feet.
Free refills of sugary soft drinks will also be banned in restaurants.
These promotions appear to help shoppers save money but data shows that these deals actually increase purchases of promoted products by almost 20 percent.
The Government says that obesity is one of the biggest health crises the country faces.
Almost two thirds of adults in England are overweight and obesity-related illnesses cost the NHS £6billion a year.
The changes in supermarkets and other retailers will hopefully encourage people to make healthier choices.
According to the NHS, adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, which is equivalent to around seven sugar cubes.
Free sugars are found in foods like sweets, cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks.
For example, a can of cola can have as much as nine cubes of sugar, more than the recommended daily limit for adults.
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