An analysis of the hygiene ratings of supermarket chains in England has revealed that Aldi has the most highly ranked stores for hygiene, followed by Waitrose and M&S.
The study by Property Inspect used data from the Food Standards Agency to identify the percentage of each supermarket’s stores that received a maximum rating of five in their latest inspection.
Out of 744 stores, 99.73% of Aldi shops are rated a five. It was followed by Waitrose at 98.24% and M&S at 96.72%.
At the other end of the spectrum, only 88.64% of Co-op stores and 89.62% of Asda supermarkets were rated a five.
Property Inspect highlighted a 2020 study [https://www.talkingretail.com/news/industry-news/retailers-poor-hygiene-ratings-risk-losing-shoppers-research-claims-10-02-2020/] which revealed that the pandemic has led tomore consumerschecking the hygiene ratings of the supermarkets they shop in.
Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “Customer and colleague safety remains the number one priority in all our stores across the UK, and we take pride in meeting the highest standards. Our top rating in this latest analysis of the Food Standards Agency hygiene scheme is thanks to the excellent work of our store teams in ensuring all Aldi stores are clean, safe and welcoming for the millions of customers that shop at Aldi.”