A major UK supermarket chain bans the sale of energy drinks to children 4 years ago

A major UK supermarket chain bans the sale of energy drinks to children

Most energy drinks come with a warning stating that they're not suitable for anyone under the age of 16.

However, we all know that this is rarely (if ever!) implemented when it comes to actually purchasing the likes of a can of Red Bull, Rockstar, or Monster Energy.

Still, a major UK supermarket chain has now stated that it will actively prevent children from buying these beverages.

Speaking to The BBC, Waitrose's Simon Moore said: "As a responsible retailer we want to sell these products in line with the labelling guidance."

He added: "These drinks carry advice stating that they are not recommended for children, so we're choosing to proactively act on that guidance, particularly given the widespread concerns which have been raised about these drinks when consumed by under 16s."

The practise comes into effect from 5 March and applies to any item containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre.


The drinks are particularly popular with teenagers and young adults, but a health warning on cans and bottles reads: "High caffeine content. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women or persons sensitive to caffeine."

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver - also a dad-of-five - recently called for the age restrictions to be properly enforced.

On Twitter, one teacher chipped in on the debate, stating: "I feel pretty confident in saying that they [energy drinks] are the cause for a LOT of the misbehaviour in schools. Too often, some Red Bull knock-off is breakfast for our students."

It will be interesting to see if similar policy is brought in in Ireland.