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You won't be able to buy sweets at Tesco checkouts pretty soon

No more seducing sweets calling out to you (or the kids).

Image: Marc O'Sullivan

DO YOU FIND the temptation of sweet treats at the checkout just too hard to resist?

Tesco says it will implement sweet free checkouts in its 148 Irish stores this month.

It comes after the company made the announcement that it would remove sweets and chocolates from all checkouts last May.

Food safety watchdog Safefood welcomed the decision, saying it is a “powerful recognition of how ‘pester power’ and impulse-buying affect the food choices we make every day”.

It carried out a survey which showed that 47% of shoppers find junk food like sweets, chocolate and crisps hard to resist at checkouts, while 32% of shoppers say they regularly buy junk food on an impulse while waiting in the checkout queue.

The survey also found that 29%  of shoppers would be more likely to shop in supermarkets that had a sweet-free zone at the checkout

Tesco Ireland Corporate Affairs Director Christine Heffernan said,

Since we announced our commitment to removing sweets and chocolates from our checkouts in May we have been trialling healthy snacks to replace sweets at the checkouts.

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