Are you a supermarket ‘grazer’? They are costing the industry almost £3 billion per year

‘Grazers’ in UK supermarkets are costing the retail industry almost £3 billion per year.
A typical grazerA typical grazer
A typical grazer

The study found up to a quarter of UK shoppers admitted to eating produce while shopping - and not paying for it at the checkout.

Sweets and chocolate were the most-stolen items in an average ‘haul’ of £4 worth of products per week.

However, 73% of shoppers stated that they never ‘grazed’.

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Among those who admitted to eating and not paying, the top five most popular items were:

1. Confectionery (sweets / chocolate) : 52%

2. Fresh fruit / veg : 41%

3. Bakery goods (cakes / bread / pastries) : 34%

4. Crisps / nuts: 22%

5. Cooked meats: 9%

George Charles, spokesperson for, who commissioned the research, said: “I’m sure everyone has been guilty of a bit of supermarket grazing now and then, but it is important to make sure you still pay for the items. Whilst grazing on a pack of sweets whilst shopping may seem harmless, it all adds up and you are contributing to the £3 billion worth of annual losses for supermarkets.”