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The Stores project, run by Menzies School of Health Research, aimed to evaluate the impact of price discounts on healthy food and beverages in remote community stores. The cost of food is higher in remote communities than elsewhere, and residents generally have lower incomes, contributing to poor nutrition.
In 2010, a food retail management company operating across remote Australia implemented pricing policies favouring healthy food purchases. The owners of 18 remote community stores participated in a retrospective evaluation of these strategies. The evaluation describes the type of interventions implemented and highlights the opportunities for collaboration between the retail and public health sector.
Research found that Indigenous leaders considered food pricing policy a priority for nutrition improvement, and as a result, a number of store associations continue to be committed to finding solutions in this area.
It was not possible to demonstrate an impact of price discounts on stores sales due to limited data.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
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