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Lidl in plans to ban sweets at checkouts

LIDL has pledged to remove all sweets, chocolates and crisps from its checkouts in the UK.

The move is part of the company's contribution to the fight against obesity in children.

A survey by the firm found that more than 50pc of parents found it hard to get their children to eat healthily when there were snacks at the checkout when they went to pay.

However, Irish parents may have to wait some weeks before the campaign is rolled out here.

TRIAL

Lidl told the Herald it would await the results of the trial in the UK before introducing the scheme in Ireland.

"We are working closely with our UK colleagues to gather as much information and knowledge about their trial before making a decision about whether to implement this initiative in our Irish stores," a spokesman said.

"As it is such early days in the UK, we anticipate it will be another couple of weeks before we reach a decision on this."

The move is a huge leap for supermarkets in the UK. It comes on the back of research from the National Obesity Forum saying predictions that 50pc of Britons would be obese by 2050 were an underestimate.

And last week, a coalition of doctors and academics called on supermarkets and manufacturers to slash sugar levels in processed food and drink by up to a third over five years to combat weight gain.

SNEAKED

In Ireland, Superquinn, when it was founded in 1950 by Feargal Quinn, was the first to introduce a 'no sweets' policy at the checkouts.

However, since the group was taken over by Musgrave, confectionery items have sneaked back closer to the tills at a number of SuperValu and Superquinn outlets.

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