May 21, 2024

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Welsh Cross Party Group explores impact of HFSS restrictions on local shops

Welsh Cross Party Group explores impact of HFSS restrictions on local shops

The meeting was chaired by Vikki Howells MS and attended by a number of members of the Senedd and representatives from independent retail trade associations.

During the meeting, ACS government relations director Edward Woodall explored the impact of the regulations on convenience stores, the difference between the restrictions in England and Wales and the support that local shops need from the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government’s proposals are similar to the regulations that have been introduced in England on HFSS products, but there are a number of differences, these include:

  • Restrict ‘temporary price reductions’ of HFSS products and meal deals including HFSS products
  • Restrict the siting of HFSS products on ‘free standing display units’ in addition to at store entrances, at the tills, and at the end of aisles
  • Views on how to define HFSS products, via potentially differing nutrient profiling models

ACS government relations director Edward Woodall said: “We are pleased to have been able to meet with members of the Senedd to outline the impact that the proposed regulations will have on businesses, including convenience stores.

“Local shops in England have faced a costly and confusing time implementing the HFSS regulations and we are concerned that retailers in Wales will encounter even more confusion due to the differing rules. We will continue to engage with the Welsh Government to highlight the impact of these regulations on local shops and highlight the need for consistent regulation across devolved countries.”

The Wales Healthy Food Environment consultation is available here.