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Policy Summary

This law establishes minimum stocking requirements for staple foods for most grocery stores in the City.

NOTE: The information summarized on this page pertains to the law as it existed prior to December 7, 2018 amendments. However, the "View Law" button above links to the current legislation.

The City of Minneapolis has published information explaining that the December 7, 2018 amendments "reduce the number of required food categories from ten to six, reduce the required quantities in certain categories, and expand acceptable varieties and package sizes in others." According to the City, "these changes will give store owners greater flexibility in stocking a wide variety of healthy, culturally appropriate foods that meet their customers' needs." Please see this resource for more information. A comparison of summarized past and current requirements is also available here.

Background Information

State Minnesota
Jurisdiction Name Minneapolis
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

If an "accessory use grocery store" accepts government supplemental nutrition programs, it cannot be exempted from the standards (even though it would otherwise be exempt). (See § 203.10 -- Definition of "accessory use".)

Health-related goal?
Yes

Refers to "healthy food" and "public health, safety and welfare." (§ 203.05).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
Yes

The council finds that it is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare to ensure that grocery stores in the City of Minneapolis provide a certain minimum level of healthy food. Sec. 203.05

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 203.10

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Section 203.20 states that grocery stores are subject to requirements in Chapter 188

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Title 10, Food Code; Chptr 203, Grocery Stores. History: (96-Or-005, 2-9-96; 2008-Or-015, 2-29-08; 2009-Or-185, 12-4-09; 2014-Or-092, 10-31-14); 2014-Or-126