ACS chief executive James Lowman

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched a survey to help retailers and suppliers operating in the convenience sector understand how businesses intend to respond to upcoming regulations on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products.

Last week, the Department for Health and Social Care confirmed plans to introduce promotion and location restrictions on HFSS products in stores. It was also announced that the measures will be introduced in October 2022, giving retailers 15 months to prepare and adapt their businesses. The regulations will apply to businesses with more than 50 employees and of these the location restrictions apply to sites over 2,000sq ft.

The survey asks retailers and suppliers to share anonymised feedback on the location, promotions and categories they are most concerned about and how they plan to mitigate these challenges.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “These are some of the most impactful regulations our sector will have dealt with in recent years. Retailers, wholesalers and suppliers all want to understand how their supply chain partners are responding, and this survey should help everyone to plan for the new rules taking effect from October 2022.

“We are asking all retailers and suppliers impacted by the regulations to respond to the survey by Friday 13th August 2021.”