BBC One is set to explore the inner workings of Sainsbury’s after handing out a six episode series order to Inside The Supermarket. The series comes just as the supermarket chain is set to celebrate their 150th birthday.
The six episode series follows Sainsbury’s colleagues from the boardroom to the shop floor and across the country. From one of Sainsbury’s biggest supermarkets – Hedge End in Southampton, which has over 600 employees – to the Sainsbury’s London headquarters, known as the Store Support Centre office, to its busiest northern depot at Haydock Park, Merseyside, which delivers 1.4 million crates of produce to stores every week.
Cameras will join a Sainsbury’s team as they scour Britain for the next big food product, hunting down small suppliers who could see their fortunes transformed if Sainsbury’s backs their product; as well as a fashion graduate who, during her first year out of university, launches her clothing collection to the supermarket’s customers. The series is being produced for BBC One by ITN Productions. Anoushka Roberts is the series producer, while Chris Taylor is the series director. Will Smith is the executive producer.
“This is a really interesting time for retail as a whole, and for supermarkets in particular. We all know Sainsbury’s, but we have little knowledge of all the challenges and decision-making that happen behind the shelves”, said the BBC Commissioning Editor for Documentaries Emily Smith, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “In this exciting time for retail, this multi-layered series will give us a fascinating and enjoyable insight into how Sainsbury’s staff navigate the ever-changing variables they’re faced from HQ to the shop floor – from changes in consumer behaviour and the supply chain to the growing competition.”
While ITN Production’s Executive Producer Will Smith added: “We all shop in supermarkets like Sainsbury’s every week, but rush in and out with no thought of what goes on behind the scenes to put food on the shelves and on our tables. From day-to-day forecasting and firefighting, we will follow the Supply Chain as they react to major events from heatwaves to summer holidays and back to school to the run up to Christmas. This series will provide a unique picture of the British supermarket shopper: when we buy, how we buy and what we buy.”