Center for Science in the Public Interest

Urge Retailers to Offer Healthier Options at Checkout

Some innovative retailers are starting to shift the mix of checkout offerings, like the two grocery chains featured in the new video below from CSPI. But most national supermarket chains are still pushing junk food at checkout to boost sales at the expense of customer health. So, over the coming months, CSPI will undertake a campaign to urge several supermarket and pharmacy chains to offer healthier foods and beverages at checkout. We will begin with Walmart, the largest grocery retailer in the U.S., with more than 3,000 supercenters across the country and one-fifth of the food retail market share. We will then move on to Kroger, then Publix, and then Walgreens. Depending on the responsiveness of each company, the campaign will employ the following tactics:

- Public petitions
- Letters to companies from customers, advocates, and CSPI
- Partner with grassroots organizations located near corporate headquarters to publicly deliver petition signatures
- Encourage advocates to ask companies for healthy checkout through social media, like Facebook and Twitter
- Reach out to shareholder groups and company employees asking for their support bringing healthy checkout aisles into more stores

CSPI invites leadership staff from Walmart, Kroger, Publix, and Walgreens to get in touch with us at any point during the campaign to discuss strategies for improving product offerings at checkout.

Join CSPI in asking Walmart to do right by their customers and remove junk food and soda from checkout.
 

Mr.
Doug
McMillon
Walmart