Lidl has joined the increasingly long list of supermarkets to ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16s.
The age-restricted sales ban comes into force from 1 March and affects drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre.
Soft drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre already have to state that they are not recommended for children and carry a high caffeine content warning on their labelling as part of industry guidelines.
“We take our responsibilities as a retailer very seriously and recognise our customers’ concerns around the consumption of energy drinks among children,”said a Lidl UK spokeswoman.
“As such, we are introducing an age restriction of 16 on the sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre, which will come into effect from 1 March.”
Waitrose was the first major retailer to take the stand and it has subsequently been joined by Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.