Food Retail

What is the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in communities and within retail outlets?

Retail food environments are increasingly considered influential in determining dietary behaviours and health outcomes.

INFORMAS propose a step-wise framework to monitor and benchmark community and consumer retail food environments that can be used to assess:

  • Density of healthy and unhealthy food outlets
  • Measure proximity of healthy and unhealthy food outlets to homes/schools
  • Evaluate availability of healthy and unhealthy foods in-store
  • Compare food environments over time and between regions and countries
  • Evaluate compliance with local policies, guidelines or voluntary codes of practice
  • And determine the impact of changes to retail food environments on health outcomes, such as obesity.

Adrian Cameron (Coordinator)

Associate Professor

Deakin University, Australia

Email: Adrian Cameron

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Professor of Nutrition Research at the National Institute for Health Innovation,

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Email: Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu


Salome Rebello

Senior Lecturer, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

National University of Singapore

Email: Salome Rebello


Julie Brimblecombe

Associate Professor, Nutrition Dietetics & Food

Monash University, Australia

Email: Julie Brimblecombe


Neha Khandpur

Visitng scientist, nutrition – Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA

Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health (NUPENS), Sao Paulo, Brazil


Christiam Mendez


Universidad de Lima, Peru

Email: Christiam Mendez Lazarte


Tailane Scapin

Research Fellow

Deakin University, Australia

Email: Tailane Scapin

Monitoring the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in community and consumer retail food environments globally (pages 108–119) C. Ni Mhurchu, S. Vandevijvere, W. Waterlander, L. E. Thornton, B. Kelly, A. J. Cameron, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here

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  • Any modifications or updates you make to the protocol (e.g., updates for your own country)
  • The final (cleaned) data as collected using the protocol.