Indicator 7.2

Issue: Action on food poverty and health inequalities

Indicator: Store location and pricing policy

Why is this issue important?

Supermarkets’ policies have a significant impact on the availability and price of food.

What should retailers do about this issue?

Supermarkets should be aware of the impact their siting policies have on low-income or less mobile shoppers, and on local retail provision. Supermarkets should be prepared to maintain shops at less profitable sites as a trade-off for being able to trade in more profitable areas. Supermarkets should also ensure that wherever their stores are situated, the communities they serve have equitable access to nutritious foods. Healthy foods should not be more expensive or less available in disadvantaged catchments, nor high-fat or sugary foods more plentiful or less expensive.


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