Formal and informal agreements between small food stores and food and beverage suppliers: Store owner perspectives from four cities

Joel Gittelsohn, Guadalupe X. Ayala, Heather D’angelo, Anna Kharmats, Kurt M. Ribisl, Lesley Schmidt Sindberg, Susan P. Liverman, Melissa N. Laska

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Abstract

Objective: To understand the agreements between small food store owners and food and beverage suppliers and how they shape stocking and promotion of unhealthy products. Design: 72 in-depth interviews. Setting: Four US cities (Baltimore, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Durham, San Diego). Subjects: Owner/managers of small food stores. Results: Most owners had informal agreements with food/beverage suppliers, including reduced costs of specific foods, tied to sales; and provision of brand-dedicated display racks and refrigerators/freezers. Informal agreements were used as a form of control by some suppliers. Conclusions: Understanding agreements between small food stores and food/beverage suppliers is needed for intervention and policy development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 10 2018

Keywords

  • agreements
  • food stores
  • obesity
  • Qualitative research
  • stocking
  • storeowner perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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