Posted: 03/06/2019

ACS: ‘Exempt small shops from rules on HFSS food display’

Local shop group ACS has called on Government to exempt smaller retailers from planned restrictions on displaying high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products in store.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is consulting on a number of measures to reduce promotion of HFSS food and drink to children.

Some, such as restrictions on buy-one, get-one-free promotions, would mainly hit supermarkets and convienence stores. But proposals to limit the display of HFSS products in hot spots such as checkouts and gondola ends would have clear implications for Guild retailers.

Confectionery, soft drinks, savoury snacks and food-to-go lines could all be affected.

ACS, which lobbies on behalf of over 33,000 shops, including Guild members, has called for all shops under 280 sq m (3,000 sq ft) to be exempted from the placement restrictions. It argues that banning several product categories from the main areas of a shop would be “expensive and impractical”, especially in very small outlets.

 “We do not believe the Governnment’s role should be to dictate the layout of shop,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman, and he also questioned how the restrictions would be enforced. 

He said: “At a time when retailers are being told trading standards don’t have the resources to investigate widespread selling of illicit tobacco by criminals, and the police don’t have the resources to investigate theft and violence against staff, allocating people and money to measure the distance between certain products and the till does not make sense.”

This story appeared in the May issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.

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