In­die su­per­mar­ket rings in the changes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

CHEF and restau­ra­teur Arthur Potts Daw­son is fa­mil­iar with waste, the re­sult­ing costs passed on to pro­duc­ers and cus­tomers and the high price paid by the environment. Armed with the knowl­edge that Bri­tish su­per­mar­kets bin more than 1000 tonnes of food a day, Daw­son (pic­tured) sets about start­ing an independent no-waste su­per­mar­ket, run for the peo­ple by the peo­ple. Filmed over two years, this four-part se­ries fol­lows Daw­son from in­cep­tion through the tur­bu­lent months af­ter the su­per­mar­ket opens in cen­tral Lon­don. Any­one can shop at The Peo­ple’s Su­per­mar­ket, but it is no or­di­nary shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. In a bid to keep prices as low as pos­si­ble, mem­bers work there for four hours per month in ex­change for a 10 per cent dis­count on their shop­ping and a chance to vote on how the su­per­mar­ket runs. The busi­ness model worked for a food co-op in Brook­lyn, but can it work in the UK?

The Peo­ple’s Su­per­mar­ket: Thurs­day, 8.30pm, ABC1

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