Tesco has announced that it is removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts across all of its stores.
The retailer said that customer research had found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of customers said removing confectionery from checkouts would help them make healthier choices when shopping.
It said 67% of parents told Tesco that having no confectionery near the checkout would also help them make healthier choices for their children.
Tesco said it has committed to removing sweets and chocolates from all stores, including Tesco Metro and Express convenience stores by the end of December 2014.
Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke said: “We all know how easy it is to be tempted by sugary snacks at the checkout, and we want to help our customers lead healthier lives.
“We’re doing this now because our customers have told us that removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts will help them make healthier choices.”
Katie O’Donovan from Mumsnet said: “Popping into a shop with a small child in tow can sometimes feel like navigating an assault course. If you’ve made it to the checkout in one piece it can be really frustrating to then be faced with an unhealthy array of sweets designed to tempt your child.
“It’s really positive to see a supermarket responding to the views of their customers and trying to make life that little bit easier.”