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Tesco stores ban sweets at the checkout

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has announced it is banning sweets and chocolates from displays beside checkouts in its South Devon stores.

The retail chain carried out a survey of customers and said 65 per cent of shoppers wanted sugary snacks taken off the shelves near tills.

The idea behind the move is to encourage people to eat more healthy foods.

Tesco is the UK's biggest retailer and boasts ten Plymouth branches, along with a superstore at Kingsteignton and smaller stores throughout South Devon.

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It first took sweets and chocolates off the shelves at 740 of its biggest stores 20 years ago.

But now the company has announced it will be removing them from checkouts at all branches, including its 1,800 smaller Tesco Metro and Tesco Express convenience stores across the UK and Ireland.

The move is expected to be in place before the end of the year.

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke said the decision followed a commitment to make soft drinks, sandwiches and ready meals healthier by changing the recipes to reduce their sugar, salt and fat content.

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