Research conducted by Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode of Warwick Medical School was done to see if changes in the arrangement of the store had any effect on the purchase of produce in the store, which is located on a college campus. Data was collected from January 2012 to July 2017 to evaluate sales before, during, and after changes were made to the store’s layout. Using that data, researchers discovered that, after layout changes were made, fruits and vegetables made up a larger percentage of the store’s total sales. In fact, customers purchased nearly 15% more fruits and vegetables than they did before the layout change. Researchers also found that those increased purchases of produce continued well after the location adjustments. This appears to be a viable method to improve the nutritional quality of eating patterns. Take the time now to rearrange the produce you bring home from the store so it is easy to see and grab!
By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LDFebruary 2019 Nutrition Newsletter