A study of 2,271 Kiwi consumers by HorizonPoll found that 34.1% believed supermarkets should remove confectionery and sugary goods from all checkout lanes.
17.7% were against the idea, while the majority were indifferent.
UK checkouts going candy-free
Calls for candy-free cash registers in other markets have already gained traction.
Earlier this year, Discount retailer Lidl removed all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum across its UK stores. Major UK supermarket Tesco also committed to removing sweets and chocolates from all of its checkouts by the end of the year.
This followed ‘a Junk Free Checkouts‘ campaign, led by the British Dietetic Association’s and the Children’s Food Campaign.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) also recently attacked US retailers for stocking confectionery at checkout counters.
A 2012 article in the New England Journal of Medicine said that candy near cash registers created an obesity risk and should be banned.