The convenience sector is making a significant contribution to achieving the objectives of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

The Department of Health’s latest update shows commitment from a number of organisations to the responsible selling of food and alcohol.

In terms of alcohol, Bestway, Booker, Spar and the Co-operative Group have all removed units from their own brand alcohol range.

Booker, Bestway, Costcutter Supermarkets, the Co-op, Nisa and Spar have all taken steps to introduce and promote low alcohol alternatives as part of their range.

In food, Booker and Spar have met key objectives for 2012 in salt reduction targets, and the Co-op has adopted new front of pack nutrition labelling on all own brand products. Spar has committed to a similar initiative.

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) chief executive James Lowman said: “We are proud of the examples of excellent practice and committed partnership working being shown by retailers in the convenience sector. These examples showcased on the Department of Health website are the tip of the iceberg in terms of the great commitment being shown by convenience retailers throughout the country.

“We will continue to champion these partnerships because we are convinced that working together is the only way to make a difference.”