Sainsburys Pharmacists Offering Healthy Eating Advice

Sainsbury’s has begun offering shoppers free advice on healthy eating and diet through its in-store pharmacists.
The UK’s third-largest supermarket chain has given pharmacy staff in more than 230 stores nutritional training as part of plans to improve the link between the company’s healthcare and food businesses.
The pharmacists/healthy eating advisors are now able to provide information tailored to people’s needs, including advice for medical conditions such as diabetes .
Sainsbury’s pharmacy manager Jan Brice said the training had made her “realise that there’s a lot more healthy eating advice I can give my customers in the day-to-day working of the pharmacy .”
The food advice service was launched this week after a survey revealed that over half of Sainsbury’s customers would be very or fairly interested in such a service from pharmacists.
Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s reported a 2.9 per cent rise in like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, across its stores in the 16 weeks to 2 October.
The retailer said business been boosted by the addition of 460,000 sq ft of retail space, the relaunch of its ‘Taste the Difference’ premium food range in September and buoyant non-food and online sales .