What is Good Food Retail?
The concept of good food retail is referred to in the new London Food Strategy, and to help progress this idea London Food Link has developed a briefing note to explore what this might look. The sector includes grocers, shops, markets, box schemes and home deliveries that sell food for consumption at home.
Broadly it refers to retail outlets doing at least some of the following:
- Selling sustainably produced meat, dairy and fish, wholegrain foods and Real Bread
- Less likely to serve highly processed fatty, salty and sugary foods and sugary drinks
- Providing safe and nutritious food for diverse needs
- Treating employees and suppliers fairly
- Developing collaborative relationships with suppliers
- Reducing environmental impact
Supporting councils to take action
During 2019 we supported six councils to develop Good Food Retail projects as part of the Mayor of London's small grants programme. We facilitated a Community of Practice, provided support, helped draw in external expertise and shared learning with wider community.
How can councils help Good Food Retail?
Our briefing covers how councils can support Good Food Retail in more detail, but broadly this includes things such as:
- Development of a Good Food Retail Plan
- A joined up approach between public health, economic development, regeneration and planning teams
- Supporting retail outlets accepting Healthy Start Vouchers,
- Encouraging street markets with thriving fruit and vegetable stalls
- Access to premises and street food trading opportunities
- Loans or grants for start-up costs with business support from an enterprise specialist
- Innovative retail approaches to tackling household food insecurity
Resources and related reading
- Bite Size: Breaking down the challenge of inner-city childhood obesity (Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity 2018)
- Building Healthy Corners: A Best Practice Guide in Three Phases (D.C. Central Kitchen 2018)
- Buywell Retail Project: Supporting local convenience stores to improve access to fresh, affordable and sustainable fruit and veg in low-income areas of London (Sustain 2010)
- Delivering public health outcomes: vending machines should stock healthier food and drinks (University of Bristol, 2019)
- Engaging with convenience stores for healthier food provision: what works? (Food Research Collaboration 2019)
- Ensuring all residents have physical access to good food (Food Power 2018)
- Families and Food: How the environment influences what families eat (Shift and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity 2018)
- Good Food Retail: Six London boroughs taking action (London Food Link, 2019)
- Healthy Returns: Opportunities for market-based solutions to childhood obesity (Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity 2018)
- Improving the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers (Food Power 2018)
- Shop Healthy: Summary report on a pilot project with local retailers to increase access to healthy food (Rice Marketing, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 2018)
- Super Market Failure: Research briefing (Sustain 2019)
- Supporting community food retail (Food Power 2018)
- Tipping the scales: Case studies on the use of planning powers to limit hot food takeaway (Local Government Association, 2016)
- Too many takeaways? How the food environment affects the health and wellbeing of communities (University of Bristol, 2019)
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