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SPAR Italy fights rising levels of obesity

October 31, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Health, Responsible retailing

With its continued focus on fighting increasing levels of obesity in the country, DESPAR Italia recently presented at Obesity Week, a week-long event in Parma that includes conferences, debates and other activities to do with the topic of obesity.

During one of the conference sessions, doctors, academics and business leaders exchanged ideas and information on the best ways to prevent obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle. A specific focus was placed on diabetes – a wide-spread condition among obesity sufferers. The methods used so far to counter diabetes were analysed and discussed, and new solutions and ideas were presented.

The Quality Control team of DESPAR Italia took part in the conference, presenting on their partnership with the University of Parma, which is focused on improving the nutritional value of DESPAR Own Brand products. To be in line with the standards set out by the Italian Ministry of Health for countering obesity, 300 products in nine different categories are being analysed with tests being carried out on their fat, sugar and salt content.

The conference was an important occasion to highlight DESPAR Italia’s commitment, as a responsible retailer, to combating diabetes and obesity.

Source: DESPAR Italia

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About SPAR Italy

SPAR International first granted a licence for the operation of the SPAR Brand to SPAR Italy in 1959. The first store opened in the latter part of 1960 and with it, SPAR became the first partnership of retailers and wholesalers to operate in Italy. SPAR Italy, known locally as DESPAR Italia, licenses regional partners, all of whom work together to grow the brand across the country.

The DESPAR Partners operate stores under three formats: DESPAR Neighbourhood Supermarkets, EUROSPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. Many of the larger format stores are company-owned, reflecting the scale of investment required. While the majority of the company’s turnover is acquired through these larger format stores, the independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets remain a key part of the business.