Tesco commits to progress plans to support affordable, healthy diets
19 May 2022
Tesco today announces that it will continue with plans to help customers eat more healthily and deliver on its commitment to make Tesco the easiest place for customers to shop for affordable, healthy, sustainable food.
Following the Government announcement that restrictions on multibuy deals on foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) are to be delayed for a year, Tesco confirms that it will continue with plans to remove volume-led promotions on HFSS products from October 2022*. This is in response to customer feedback that it can be hard to change shopping habits, with 86% of customers saying they want to eat more healthily, and 77% want help from supermarkets in doing so.
Last week, Tesco launched Better Baskets, a campaign that is designed to help customers shop a healthier and more sustainable basket, without compromising on price.
While Tesco will continue to offer value on products across the entire store, this move means customers will no longer need to purchase more HFSS products than they need to access great value. The move is part of its wider commitment to support customers to lead healthier and more sustainable lives and achieve the goal to boost sales of healthy products to 65% as a proportion of total sales by 2025. It is consistent with the work Tesco has been doing for many years, as Tesco became the first retailer to reformulate its own brand soft drinks to below 5 grams of sugar per 100ml, ahead of the legislation that came into effect in 20181. In the coming months, Tesco will work closely with suppliers to make the changes.
With household budgets stretched, it’s more important than ever that Tesco invests in competitive prices. For several years, Tesco has been reducing the number of promotions to focus on simple, reliable low prices. Going forward, the powerful combination of Aldi Price Match, Low Everyday Prices and Clubcard Prices will ensure that customers continue to get great value on their weekly shop, no matter what or how much they buy.
Tesco UK & ROI CEO Jason Tarry said: “Our mission is to make Tesco the easiest place to shop for a healthy, more sustainable basket – while keeping the cost of the weekly shop in check. It’s vital that we keep making the right calls on behalf of customers and communities. Customers are telling us they want to eat a more healthy, sustainable diet, but without having to stretch the weekly shopping budget. We agree and, thanks to our laser-focus on great value, customers won’t need to make that compromise at Tesco.
Tesco Chief Customer Officer Alessandra Bellini said: “At Tesco, we passionately believe that healthier food should be more accessible to everyone, no matter your budget – and today’s announcement is a key step towards that. With more than eight in ten people reporting a rise in their cost of living, value is the number one factor that drives choice in our stores. We will always make sure our products are competitively priced. But we can’t stop there. Obesity levels are rising among adults and children and the health of our nation must also be at the top of our agenda.”
*The full list of products affected by these changes will be confirmed nearer the time.
Notes to editors:
Tesco tracks the healthiness of its products and ranges using the Tesco Health Score, which is a measure based on the UK Government’s nutrient profiling model. This model reviews a product’s fat, salt, and sugar content as well as the fibre, fruit, and vegetable content.