On average, people visit supermarkets 2-3 times per week in the U.S., but most hardly give a moment’s thought to what transpires behind-the-scenes of their local food stores. The CNBC original documentary Supermarkets Inc: Inside A $500 Billion Money Machine (2011) devotes an hour to the inner workings of the half a trillion dollar industry.

Led by correspondent Tyler Mathisen, the documentary explores the nuances, secrets, and business strategies that keep the supermarket industry profitable.

Here are 10 tidbits about American supermarkets gleaned from the documentary.



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