Scottish Retail Consortium: diet and nutrition at the heart of retail priorities ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election

LONDON, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Scottish Retail Consortium is launching the third of four policy papers setting out the key priorities of the retail industry for each of the political parties ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

As set out in today’s publication, diet and nutrition is being put at the heart of retail priorities for political manifestos.

Major food retailers have led the food industry in helping consumers to make healthier choices through a wide range of initiatives including the rollout of our front of pack nutrition labelling scheme, working on reformulation to produce nutritionally improved food and using new media to directly engage the consumer.

Through working on their products, retailers have removed thousands of tonnes of sugar, salt and billions of calories from a wide selection of products that we enjoy every day in Scotland. Retailers have also been the first to remove the use of hydrogenated vegetable fats from all their food stuffs and have gone further by removing large quantities of saturated fat from ready meals, desserts, crisps, pastries and other products.

Against a challenging economic backdrop retailers have also ensured that hard-pressed consumers can feed their families from a choice of high quality, nutritious food and on a budget. This has included the extensive and daily price promotion of fruit and vegetables, provision of menu cards, meal suggestions and cooking tips to help combat the myth that healthy food is more expensive.

The challenge of combating Scotland’s track record for poor diet and health is not one for the retail industry alone. That is why the publication is also setting out a range of commitments we would like to see each of the political parties adopt in order to support further progress not just from the retail industry but also to secure greater responsibility from the wider food industry and to support more informed consumer decisions.

Commenting on the launch of the Diet & Nutrition paper David Martin, Head of Policy and External Affairs said:

“Retailers have taken great strides over recent years to make it easier for consumers to improve their diet and lifestyle through empowering customers and improving their products.

“Whilst it is ultimately up to individuals and parents to control their own and their children’s diet and physical activity, retailers have been working hard so that consumers can make the healthier choice through a revolution in how they communicate nutritional content, promoting healthier options like fruit and vegetables and helping customers to prepare healthier meals.

“Our members have also gone one step further by ensuring that own-brand products are healthier by removing thousands of tonnes of sugar, salt and billions of calories and reducing the fat content.

“Retailers have been very progressive in these areas but are being put at a competitive disadvantage because a significant proportion of the food industry has not made this investment in public health. As we approach the Holyrood election we ask each of the political parties to bear this in mind to take steps to help retailers go further but also to ensure that the entire food industry is playing its part.”

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Notes to editors:
The Diet & Nutrition paper launched today can be accessed here

For media enquiries please contact David Martin, Head of Policy and External Affairs, on 07880 039 743 or email david.martin@brc.org.uk

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

Scottish Retail Consortium sets key priorities of the retail industry ahead of 2016 Scottish Parliament election

LONDON, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Scottish Retail Consortium is launching the second of four policy papers setting out the key priorities of the retail industry for each of the political parties ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

The retail industry has played a leading role in driving resource efficiency and helping to mitigate and adapt to the environmental challenges of climate change through a wide range of measures as set out in the publication including, reducing carbon emissions from stores by 30%, phasing out HFC refrigerants by the end of 2015 and reducing the proportion of waste sent to landfill to 7% with a view to reducing this to less than 1% by 2020.

In order to build further on the progress already made by the industry, retailers have set out 8 key environmental priorities for each of the political parties ranging from reform of business rates to incentivise and support positive environmental and energy efficiency investment to supporting a harmonised local authority recycling collection scheme and making it easier to shift freight from road to rail.

The industry has also outlined its opposition to the suggested new nation-wide deposit return scheme, which would disproportionately penalise the disadvantaged consumer, undermine existing kerbside recycling, increase carbon emissions through extra consumer journeys and retailer haulage operations and place significant costs on business.

Commenting on the launch of the manifesto paper David Martin, Head of Policy & External Affairs said:

“The retail industry has a massive footprint and direct involvement in communities right across Scotland. With this comes a responsibility to operate in a sustainable way that ensures retailers can continue to serve those communities in the most efficient way possible.

“We are therefore delighted to be launching this paper which establishes the retail industry in Scotland amongst the most climate-conscious industries and as a true global leader in reducing the environmental impacts of both their own direct operations and supporting change right along the supply chain.

“We hope that each of the political parties will consider and support in their manifestos each of the policy priorities we have outlined and which are crucial in supporting the retail industry to go even further in creating a better retailing climate.”

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Notes to editors:
1. The paper which summarises key achievements of the retail industry and sets out 8 key policy priorities can be accessed here

For media enquiries please contact David Martin, Head of Policy & External Affairs, on 07880 039 743 or email david.martin@brc.org.uk

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.