The Change4Life healthier eating scheme is to be reviewed as part of the new government's catalogue of spending cuts.

Just under 200 convenience stores are currently signed up to the government-funded scheme, which aims to boost fruit and vegetable consumption in deprived parts of the country.

Despite encouraging results, a Department of Health (DoH) spokeswoman told C-Store that all government campaigns, including Change4Life, would be looked at as part of its plan to cut public spending by £6bn.

As part of the scheme, "beacon" stores receive up to £2,500 from the DoH and their symbol groups in order to improve chilled equipment and bolster fruit and vegetable ranges.

Spar manager Carol Devlin, who runs a beacon store in Bristol, said it would be a "great shame" if the scheme was scrapped. "Fruit and veg sales have risen 30% on average since we launched Change4Life in April," she said.

Other projects potentially at risk include the Train to Gain training programme and funding for regional development agencies.