Huge new changes are being introduced to our favourite supermarkets which could change how we shop.
Many of us love to indulge in some of the deals that supermarkets offer us, especially in our favourite chocolate or snacks to keep us satisfied.
It can be surprising to see the offers that stores give out with some rewarding us with 2-for-1 and buy one get one free on multiple products.
But that could all change in the next couple years. It has been reported that by April 2022, offers on “unhealthy” foods will be restricted.
It is all part of the Government’s plan to stop the obesity crisis in the UK and will affect all our favourite supermarkets.
“Buy one get one free” promotions and “multibuy” will face new rules, and promotions on other unhealthy foods in prominent places such as at checkouts or store entrances will be stopped
The restrictions will apply to foods high in fat, salt or sugar – including cakes, crisps, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, pizzas and ready meals, reports MyLondon.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said evidence shows that while promotions may appear to save shoppers money, they actually encourage people to buy more than they need or desire.
Health campaigners welcomed the move, which as well as restricting promotions like “three for two” offers will also ban free refills of sugary soft drinks when dining out.
Chair of the Action on Sugar charity Professor Graham MacGregor said the “important policy” will provide a level playing field for responsible retailers, allowing them to promote healthier options.
“Finally, Downing Street is acting decisively with a bold first step to restrict the sale of junk food on multi-buy offers and at checkouts, and taking on one of the biggest threats to Britain’s future health – childhood obesity,” he said.
An eight-week consultation on the plans was launched on December 28.