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Allison Karpyn
University of Delaware
Barbara Ruhs
Retail Health/Nutrition Consultant, Phoenix, AZ
Ginnie Sawyer-Morris
University of Delaware
Stephanie Weiss
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Sara Grajeda
University of Delaware
Donna LeVine
Donna LeVine Associates, Inc
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Arizona State University


Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE), low-fat milk, nutrition, health promotion, coupon, supermarket intervention

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Karpyn, A., Ruhs, B., Sawyer-Morris, G., Weiss, S., Grajeda, S., LeVine, D., & Ohri-Vachaspati, P. (2020). Evaluation of a Supermarket Environmental Change Intervention: Findings from a Low-Fat Milk Couponing and Educational Marketing Pilot . Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8(1), 145-162. Retrieved from https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/1004


The purpose of this study was to evaluate a multifaceted, collaborative approach to supermarket environmental change that included in-store couponing and educational marketing to increase low-fat milk purchasing across a 48-store supermarket chain serving predominately Hispanic customers.  Point-of-sale (POS) and process data collected during the 16-week program implementation included in-store radio advertising, in-store signage, and POS coupons.  POS data were analyzed by the coupon marketing partner, and a chi-square test was conducted to test for significant differences between groups.  POS data indicated that 44,050 low-fat milk coupons were issued to traditional full-fat milk purchasing customers with a redemption rate of 5.3%.  Of these, 42% became repeat low-fat milk purchasers (i.e., after initial purchase with coupon, customer re-purchased low-fat milk).  Results from the chi-square test revealed significant differences in rates of purchase between those who received a coupon (5.87%) and those who did not (4.00%), (χ2 = 8.61, p = .0033).  Findings indicate that collaborative public health efforts between retail and marketing partners to engage supermarket customers in a multifaceted yet targeted intervention are feasible and can shift purchasing behaviors towards a healthy alternative.  This study has implications for informing future environmental change supermarket strategies.

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