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Length: 52'
Directors: Hervé Corbière
Producer: Grand Angle Productions
Coproducers: France Télévisions
Language: French & English
Format: HD
Country of Production: France
Copyright: 2018
Canned Sardines, a well-oiled network

Found everywhere on the shelves of supermarkets, the sardine in oil provides an unavoidable ingredient of French cuisine. Excellent for health, cheap and easy to prepare, the product has everything to attract the consumer.

It arrived on our plates more than 200 hundred years ago and the French enjoy it just as much today, eating nearly 15,000 tonnes annually. From the catch to the end in a tin can, the sardine is a whole world. Once a luxury product exclusive to the rich and now a choice morsel available to all, the sardine is produced all year round and offered in a variety of recipes. The older canneries have even bestowed letters of nobility on it, producing limited series bearing the label “vintage”.


Where does this delicious fish come from and how does it get onto our plates? We follow the chain.