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Nutrition Policy

Health and Nutrition Policy

  1. Policy
    ALPA seeks to present a balanced range of products to its customers, giving increased emphasis to the nutritional worth of our product selection.
    1. Objectives
      • Increase availability of Nutritious Foods
      • Increase affordability of Nutritious Foods
      • Increase understanding of Health, Good Food and Nutrition
  2. Nutrition Strategies
    1. Objective One:
      Increase availability of Nutritious Foods
      • Fruit and Vegetables
        • The Store will stock appealing and plentiful supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables
        • The Store will maintain a suitable range of fresh fruit and vegetables based on ALPA’s Core Fruit and Vegetable Range, throughout the delivery cycle.
        • The Store will sell fresh pre-packed vegetables to be used for stews or soups.  
        • The Store will stock adequate supplies for frozen, tinned and dried fruit and vegetables at all times.
        • Individual fruits/fruit packs will be available at point of sale where possible.
      • Other Healthy Food Items
        The store will stock other healthy food items including:
        • Wholemeal or multigrain bread
        • Low fat dry biscuits (fat contributing less than 10% total energy) such as Arnott’s Vita Wheat.
        • Wholegrain cereals such as Weetbix, Oats and All Bran
        • Monounsaturated or polyunsaturated oils and spreads such as Canola Oil or Olive Oil
        • Low fat dairy choices including reduced fat or low fat milk, yoghurt and cheese
        • Lean cuts of fresh or frozen meats
        • Foods with no added sugar or moderate amounts of added sugar, and carry artificial sweeteners such as Equal.
        • Foods for young babies when they start solid foods such as fortified rice cereal (i.e. Farex) and jars or tinned puree vegetables, fruits and meats.
        • Infant feeding cups, small bowls and spoons
        • Suitable range of diet drinks, low sugar/diet cordial, bottled water and 100% fruit Juice.
      • Takeaway Healthy Options
        The Takeaway sections in our stores will emphasise nutritional bias to the best of our ability without restricting choice.
        • Our takeaway will sell fresh salad, meat and salad sandwiches or rolls, meat and vegetable stews with rice, pasta or noodles.
        • Smaller price point healthy items will be sold in the takeaway including boiled eggs, corn cobs, sweet potato and taro or cassava.
        • Snack tins of baked beans, vegetables or fruit in natural juice and a variety of pre-cut or whole fruits and vegetable such as apples, oranges, celery and carrots will be available in the cold food display
        • Diet or low joule soft drinks, bottled water and 100% fruit juice will be available in drink fridges.
        • 50% of takeaway food options to be ‘healthy’ options.

    2. OHealth and Nutrition Policybjective Two
      Increase affordability of nutritious foods.
      • ALPA continues to subsidise 100% of the freight on fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen, tinned and dried vegetables as well as fresh milk, to lower the price and increase the consumption of these healthy food items.
      • ALPA will continue to maintain minimum marks-ups for healthy items such as fruit and vegetables.
      • Fruit and Vegetable pre-packs will be packaged at store level, with pre-packs purchased from suppliers limited to reduce cost.
      • Where possible, the store will order fruit and vegetables in season or locally available to lower the price.
      • Preferential pricing will exist to provide diet drinks at a cheaper price than their full strength alternatives.

    3. Objective Three
      Increase understanding of Health, Good Food and Nutrition
      • The store will support initiatives that promote nutrition awareness and good health to the community. This could include food or cooking demonstrations or healthy food labels (i.e. shelf talkers).
      • The Store will cater for the dietary needs of people with special needs including:
        • Pregnant women and babies
        • Elderly
        • People suffering from or at risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
      • The Store, where possible will support sporting and cultural events through funding activities or providing healthy foods at these events.
      • The Store will undertake regular nutrition promotion activities such as fruit and vegetable promotions.
      • There will be ongoing co-operation and collaboration with health specialists and community health workers on nutrition and health programs.
      • ‘In-store’ training for store staff will be provided in the areas of nutrition, food preparation and takeaway service.
      • The Store will order ‘healthier’ choice foods upon request when there is a demand for the product in the community.
      • The Store will limit the display of junk food at children’s eye level throughout the store and display healthier alternatives.