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Our reporter Jon ManelToday  reporter Jon Manel
Love them or loathe them, supermarkets now play a major role in our lives. It's likely that you will visit one over the next week or perhaps, if you've shopped on-line, one of them will visit you.
So are we getting what we need from supermarkets? Find out with our series of special reports.


the ladies of the Southsea Co-op

The men and women of the Southsea Co-op.
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REPORT 1: HOW SUPERMARKETS BEGAN
Jo Manel gathers supermarket memoriesWith the help of those who lived through it, Jon Manel has been looking at how self service shopping emerged in Britain in the first place. Former Southsea Co-op workers  Phyllis Lewis (93), Pat Pond (81) and Jean Clifton (78) - see photos - share their memories of what it was like to work in a supermarket all those years ago.

listen again LISTEN TO THE FIRST REPORT

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REPORT 2: TODAY OPINION POLL
Survey Results

You are nothing if not vocal about the issue of supermakets. We've received some emails saying they "infuriate" you or they "have too much power". But some of you think they "do an absolutely marvellous job" and that you are big fans. 

In Jon Manel's second report, he assesses public opinion on supermarkets, using the details of our specially commissioned poll.  This was carried out by GFK/NOP between 13th and 22nd of July, interviewing 2001 adults (aged 16 and over) by telephone.
READ THE RESULTS

Listen Again  LISTEN TO THE SECOND REPORT

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Mark Price digging in at a tasting sessionREPORT 3: FLY ON THE WALL
We wanted to spend some time with the bosses of one of the big companies. We approached Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons but they were unable to give us the kind of access we wanted in the time scale we requested. However, one company said yes - Waitrose. Our reporter Jon Manel joined the Managing Director Mark Price during the foot and mouth crisis.  

listen again  LISTEN TO THE THIRD REPORT


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REPORT 4: THE ECONOMICS OF SUPERMARKETS
Our economics editor Evan Davis asks whether the economics of selling food mean it is inevitable that a small number of large players dominate the industry.

Listen again LISTEN TO THE FOURTH REPORT

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REPORT 5: ARE SUPERMARKETS DRIVING LOCAL TRADERS OUT OF BUSINESS?
We speak to River Cottage Chef, Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall; former executive of Morrisons, Bob Scott and Paul Temple - Vice President of the National Farmers Union.

listen again LISTEN TO THE FIFTH REPORT


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REPORT 6: HOW MIGHT WE BE SHOPPING IN THE FUTURE?
Two of our correspondents look into future shopping technology then we speak to Tim Greenhalgh from FITCH a company which is looking into how we might shop in the future.

listen againLISTEN TO THE SIXTH REPORT


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the southsea co-op ladiesSHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF SHOPPING
What was your local shop like when you were a child? And what about the first supermarket you visited? Perhaps you have fond memories of wandering down the aisles and picking out particular products. Is there a small local shop that has a place in your heart?

We want to build up a picture of what supermarket shopping used to be like and how things have changed. Share your memories with us on the boards.



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