ACS launches guide to help retailers with HFSS regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores has launched a guide to help retailers with the upcoming regulations restricting products that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) in stores.

Thousands of retailers are set to be included within the regulations, which affect stores over 2,000sq ft (location restrictions) and businesses with more than 50 employees (volume promotions – includes some symbol groups and franchises).

The ACS’ Assured Advice guide on HFSS regulations, which are coming into force in October this year, covers everything retailers need to know on the key areas of the regulations, including:

  • How to work out whether your store will be in scope of the regulations;
  • Which areas of the store you can exclude when calculating your relevant floor space;
  • Which categories of products are affected;
  • Which promotions are restricted;
  • How the location restrictions work, and who is included within them;
  • How to work out the restricted area at the entrance of the store;
  • Which other areas around the store are subject to location restrictions.

ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “The introduction of HFSS regulations marks one of the biggest operational changes in the grocery retail sector in living memory, so it is absolutely crucial that retailers know what they will have to do ahead of October. Our guidance provides important clarity for retailers dealing with the complexity of the regulations, and provides a blueprint for stores to start work now on how they’re going to adapt their businesses in the coming months.

“We are disappointed that DHSC has yet to issue their guidance on the regulations. But with only eight months to go convenience retailers needs clarity to begin making the necessary investments to refit their stores and train their store colleagues.”

The guide is backed by Surrey and Bucks Trading Standards, who will also be on hand in the lead-up to October to provide additional clarification to ACS members.

The guide can be downloaded here.