Healthy retail strategies implemented in convenience stores have shown to have promising impact on healthy food purchasing and healthy diets. However, additional evidence on specific strategies to promote healthful food purchasing inconvenience stores is needed. One such strategy is creating “healthy check-outs” in small stores. The goal of this project is to implement and rigorously evaluate the impact of the “Healthier Checkout Guidelines” created by Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and the Grocery Retailer Academic Collaborative (GRAC) Guidelines in partnership with a convenience store chain. The specific research questions to be addressed include: 1) How does the addition of 6 to 10 healthier items in the checkout space modify the product mix offered in this key retail space? 2) How does the addition of healthier checkout strategies impact the sales of: healthier items at checkout, less healthy items at checkout, and overall store sales?, and 3) Do convenience stores experience decreased revenue due to the loss of slotting fees from less healthy items?. The research team will conduct a randomized control feasibility study. They will use mixed methods to achieve their aims, including 1) qualitative interviews with key informants at the retail partner including store managers; 2) baseline observations of the in-store environment; and 3) analysis of sales data collected from stores in intervention and comparison conditions.
Evaluating the Impact of a Healthier Checkout Program on Food Sales at a Regional Convenience Retail Chain
Evaluating the implementation and impact of a healthier checkout programme at a regional convenience store chain
This study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a healthier checkout pilot study in a convenience store chain in New Hampshire. A quasi-experimental study was conducted comparing a 3-month ‘healthier checkouts’ intervention in ten convenience stores which stocked eight healthier items in the checkout space and ten … More
Calorie labeling is now required on all large U.S. chain restaurant menus, but its influence on consumer behavior is mixed. This study examines whether different parent-targeted messages encourage parents to order lower-calorie meals for their children in a hypothetical online setting. An online RCT was conducted with diverse primary caregivers … More
Restaurant kids’ meal beverage offerings before and after implementation of healthy default beverage policy statewide in California compared with citywide in Wilmington, Delaware
In 2019, California and Wilmington, Delaware implemented policies requiring healthier default beverages with restaurant kids’ meals. The current study assessed restaurant beverage offerings and manager perceptions in a sample of quick-service restaurants. Pre-implementation, the most common kids’ meal beverages on California menus were unflavored milk and water (78·8 %, 52·0 … More