MS banishes sweets

UK: M&S to banish sweet temptations at tills following sugar intake warnings

Bye-bye temptation! Confectionery, crisps, cakes and biscuits are to vanish from the checkouts at Marks & Spencer stores after the company said it was removing them all from so-called ‘guilt lanes’.

The move will be made in September and follows calls by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition for people to cut sugar consumption by 50 per cent.

A M&S spokeswoman said: ‘We are removing all confectionery, crisps, cakes and biscuits from the till points in all 580 of our owned stores, and this will be completed by the end of September. These foods will be moved to other areas of our stores for our customers to buy.’

The change will bring the chain’s food halls into line with Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and larger Sainsbury’s branches, all of which removed sweets from checkouts more than a year ago.

Morrisons has removed sweets from a fifth of checkouts to allow customers the choice of avoiding tills with confectionery, leaving only Asda among major chains which still offer sweets at all its tills.

But it’s not like M&S’s famous Percy Pig sweets and his chocolate chums are actually going anywhere; shoppers will just have to go look for them.

Source:; The Independent