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Dietary Implications of Supermarket Development: A Global Perspective

  • Corinna Hawkes
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    Five decisions by supermarket operators have important dietary implications: the location of their outlets; the foods they sell; the prices they charge; the promotional strategies they use; and the nutrition-related activities they implement. These decisions influence food accessibility, availability, prices and desirability, which in turn influence the decisions consumers make about food. Based on a comprehensive literature review, this article finds that the dietary implications are both positive - supermarkets can make a more diverse diet available and accessible to more people - and negative - supermarkets can reduce the ability of marginalised populations to purchase a high-quality diet, and encourage the consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor highly-processed foods. Overall, the most universally applicable dietary implication is that supermarkets encourage consumers to eat more, whatever the food. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 657-692

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:6:p:657-692
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