Healthy retail food environments

Better for business, best for children

Customers waiting in line at a convenience store
UNICEF/UN0459338/Wilander

Highlights

Overweight and obesity are on the rise in Indonesia, accompanied by an increase in diet-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Key contributors to this trend include shifts in the country's food landscape, notably the expansion of modern food retailers like convenience stores. While these outlets offer a wider array of food choices, they can also promote the consumption of unhealthy ultra-processed foods rich in fats, sugar, and salt.

Recognizing the pivotal role of the retail environment in influencing purchasing decisions, food retailers in Indonesia have a unique opportunity to foster environments that motivate individuals to choose and consume healthier foods and beverages, all without compromising profitability. In fact, such initiatives can lead to increased sales and profits while enhancing consumer perceptions of the retailer's brand. This socially responsible approach can have a positive impact on the dietary habits and overall well-being of Indonesian children.

Since 2020, UNICEF and Deakin University have collaborated on the Healthy Food Retail project, focusing on Indonesia, Chengdu City (China), the Philippines, and Thailand. The project aims to build evidence, facilitate stakeholder engagement, and support retailers in promoting healthier food environments for children.

This brief summarizes the Healthy Food Retail project and urges Indonesian F&B retailers to participate in fostering healthier food environments for children in the country.

Author(s)
UNICEF Indonesia, Ministry of Health, of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Scaling Up Nutrition Indonesia, Deakin University
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Languages
English, Indonesian

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