Health Minister Bent Høie has grown tired of grocery stores placing candy strategically by the checkout areas. Now he wants an end to the “candy-terror.”
Newspaper VG says Høie that he will be working with the grocery chains to find solutions that leads to sugar and candy put in other places than in the checkout line.
– I’ve grown very tired of the things that the parents are exposed to in the checkout area of our grocery stores. There is screaming and bickering, because the kids see chocolates and other candy that they want. Parents shouldn’t have to face that fight every day. It’s pure and simple candy-terror that we have to get rid of, the health minister says.
– We will not use laws or decrees to force the stores to move their assortment around, but we believe that chains see the need and wants to be a part of a change, he continued.
Both Norway Group, Rema 1000 and Coop say they are in favor of Høies proposal.
– I’m excited by the signals from Høie. We are currently looking into the possibility of placing more healthy items in the checkout area. We need to find the right balance, communications director Bjørn Takle Friis in Coop says.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today