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Digital Food Retail: Public Health Opportunities

School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 4-308 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405-87 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9, Canada
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Nutrients 2021, 13(11), 3789;
Received: 27 September 2021 / Revised: 23 October 2021 / Accepted: 24 October 2021 / Published: 26 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Food Environments, Food Choice and Public Health)
For over two decades, digital food retail services have been emerging alongside advances in mobile technology and improved access to wi-fi. Digitalization has driven changes within the food environment, complicating an already complex system that influences food-related behaviors and eating practices. Digital food retail services support an infrastructure that enhances commercial food systems by extending access to and availability of highly processed foods, further escalating poor dietary intakes. However, digital food retail services are heterogeneous–food delivery apps, online groceries, and meal kits–and can be feasibly adapted to nutrition interventions and personalized to individual needs. Although sparse, new evidence indicates great potential for digital food retail services to address food insecurity in urban areas and to support healthy eating by making it easier to select, plan, and prepare meals. Digital food retail services are a product of the digital transformation that reflect consumers’ constant need for convenience, which must be addressed in future research and interventions. This paper will discuss public health opportunities that are emerging from the global uptake of digital food retail services, with a focus on online groceries, food delivery apps, and meal kits. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital food retail; online groceries; digital food apps; meal kits; food environments; nutrition; convenience; time digital food retail; online groceries; digital food apps; meal kits; food environments; nutrition; convenience; time
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