The country’s 11 largest supermarkets were evaluated according to their commitments and goals to promote healthy eating and educate consumers about better diets
Which supermarkets are the healthiest in the UK? (Image: Adobe)
A new report released this week by the Access to Nutrition Initiative and investor group ShareAction has looked at how much work Britain’s largest supermarkets are doing to improve the country’s health.
Which supermarkets have turned out to be the healthiest for shopping?
NationalWorld has analyzed the rankings and analyzed what each of the UK’s 11 largest food and drink retailers are doing to encourage healthier lifestyles among consumers.
1. tesco (Score = 5.2 out of 10)
The UK’s largest supermarket chain took first place in the ranking.
According to the report, the company has committed to growing sales of healthier products from 58% to 65% by 2025 following shareholder action, and has performed strongly on its healthcare governance framework and strategies.
Tesco was also found to be using its Clubcard loyalty program to encourage consumers to buy healthy products.
Health Campaigns Director Oonagh Turnbull told NationalWorld, “We know many of our customers are looking for help when it comes to eating healthier.
“Building on our track record to date, we have a challenging set of health goals that we report regularly on, and a drive to make real progress for our clients.”
2. Sainsbury’s (4.8 out of 10)
In second place, the report commended Sainsbury’s for assigning responsibility for implementing its nutrition strategy to a senior executive.
The company also aimed to increase sales of fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, and used its Nectar loyalty program to guide shoppers towards healthier choices.
According to the report, Sainsbury’s was the best of all supermarkets in terms of in-store pricing, promotion and placement of healthier options, and accessibility of nutritional information and labels.
A spokesman for the retailer told NationalWorld, “We are proud of our strong track record of providing our customers with access to healthy and sustainable nutrition.
“We are committed to continuing this work in many ways – from our industry-leading traffic light nutrition labeling, to our reformulation program, to the ambitious goals we have set for healthier sales as part of our commitment to better nutrition for all achieve. ”
Aldi’s commitment to increasing sales of healthy food was cited in the report as an interesting example of a supermarket trying to improve the health of its customers.
It was also praised for meeting its goals of selling more fruit and vegetables and keeping sugar down in its own-brand soft drinks.
Aldi said it would not comment on the results.
4. Lidl UK (4.1 out of 10)
As with Sainsbury’s, Lidl has been praised for having a senior executive oversee its food strategy.
It was also noted that it has set goals to increase sales of healthier foods and uses its loyalty program to help its shoppers make healthier choices.
Lidl took first place in the “Product Formulation” category – partly for its work on reducing bad fats in its own-brand products, as well as trying to lower the salt and sugar levels in its products – and second place in the “Governance” category . a comprehensive nutritional strategy.
The discounter plans to increase sales volume of healthy and healthier products to 85% of its total sales by 2025 and has pledged to lower cost barriers to them.
Lidl did not respond to a request for comment.
Co-op was commended for committing to not running in-store promotions aimed at children for less healthy products and using recognized metrics to measure how healthy its products are.
The goal to reduce calories in its own-brand products, as well as sugar and salt content in some product categories, was also mentioned in the report.
Co-op did not respond to a request for comment.
M&S was praised for being the only supermarket to provide researchers with a “comprehensive” plan for delivering better nutrition to its customers.
It has also pledged to produce half the food it sells healthy by the end of 2022 and has been found to be transparent about its progress on multiple targets.
M&S did not respond to a request for comment.
The average overall score noted that Morrisons has kept sugar down in its own-brand soft drinks and disclosed its progress towards the government’s salt targets.
It had also achieved an 18% average price cut across multiple fruit and vegetable lines, making it easier for people to afford healthier groceries.
Morrisons did not respond to a request for comment.
Along with Co-op, Waitrose has made a commitment not to carry out promotional activities aimed at children using unhealthy products.
One way to achieve this was to remove cartoon characters from all food.
The upscale retailer was also found to be using nutritional profiles to inform where products are hitting shelves and where they are being advertised.
A Waitrose spokesman said: “We have many health initiatives and are already implementing some of ATNI’s recommendations.
“Since conducting this research, we have partnered with the Home-Start charity to launch a groundbreaking initiative that helps families improve their diet, health and well-being.”
Asda, like some other retailers, has been found to have low sugar levels in its own-brand soft drinks.
It ranked lowest (among retailers that participated in the study) for having the least detailed commitments and goals.
For example, it was found that it has no nutrient-specific commitment to reducing sugar, calories and salt in its products.
Asda did not respond to a request for comment.
10. Iceland (0.6 out of 10 – did not provide additional data to the report’s authors)
Iceland did not collaborate with the report’s researchers and did not respond to a request for comment.
11. Ocado (0.5 out of 10 – did not share additional data with the report authors)
Ocado told NationalWorld, “Ocado Retail did not participate in Share Action’s research and this is reflected in the results.
“We are committed to helping our customers lead healthy lifestyles in a sustainable and affordable way.”
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