The reboot of Supermarket Sweep is finally here, so get ready for racing grocery carts and funny food-related jokes from the show’s new host, Leslie Jones, Sunday nights this fall.
Per an ABC press release, the reboot takes place in a “whimsical grocery store” that was “built from the ground up” specifically for the new series. Of course, this raises several questions, mainly about the food appearing on the supermarket’s shelves and the products thrown in the contestants’ carts.
Is the food real on Supermarket Sweep? What happens to it after filming?
To answer the first question, yes, the food on the reboot of Supermarket Sweep is real. That said, two products in the 1990s version of the show were definitely not: the meat and cheese.
“All that was fake because [the contestants] get the meat juices on their sweaters,” David Ruprecht, former host of the ’90s version of Supermarket Sweep, once told Great Big Story. “And that’s not telegenic, so they wanted to get rid of that.”
Now, however, reps for the 2020 show confirmed in a statement to Good Housekeeping that at least some of the meat is real. In fact, after filming, a majority of the show’s meats were donated to local wildlife organizations, like the Rancho Wildlife Foundation.
What’s more, all edible produce and grocery items were given away. Specifically, “95 pallets of perishable and non-perishable foods were donated to local charities, of which included the L.A. Food Bank, FoodCycle L.A., L.A. Mission, and Downtown Women’s Center.” Meanwhile, a lot of the leftover pet food and supplies were given to The Rescue Train, a local pet welfare organization.
While the charities might differ, the U.K. version of Supermarket Sweep, which was also recently revived, gives away its food to charity as well, according to the show’s host Ryan Clark-Neal.
“For TV purposes, we want it to be looking pristine. But there’s still three, four, five weeks on that fresh produce, so we donate it,” Ryan said on the British ITV show This Morning.
He also added: “All the food is real, we replenish it every three or four days and all of the products that are obviously perishable, but still best before, [so] they don’t go to waste.”
It’s good to know all that food is going to those in need.
Source: Good Housekeeping