This study tested a pricing manipulation strategy in a small grocery store to assess the impact on food sales. The prices of 35 healthy foods were decreased over time while simultaneously increasing the prices of 45 unhealthy foods. Trends in sales were examined across each manipulation period. Total sales of healthy foods remained relatively stable over time, indicating that total quantity sold increased. In contrast, total sales of unhealthy foods generally declined during the study period, indicating that total quantity sold decreased. In this store, we found that healthy and unhealthy foods may be sensitive to pricing manipulation strategies.
Published: February 2022
ID #: CAS067
Journal: Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Authors: Sundermeir SM, Trujillo A, Mathew D et al.
Evaluating the impact of state-level economic-support policies on the nutritional health of kids and familiesTo address ongoing concerns of child poverty across the United States, states have introduced and modified family economic security policies related to the state minimum wage (MW) and state earned income tax credit (EITC). While poor nutritional health disproportionately impacts children who experience poverty, few studies have examined the potentially beneficial effects of state-level MW More