The 6 Store-Brand Items I Always Buy at Wegmans

When it comes to quality store-brand goods, Wegmans is tough to beat. Check out the store-brand items I never leave Wegmans without.

Image of a Wegmans grocery store front.
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There are two types of grocery shoppers: those who already love Wegmans, and those who will. With its roots in Rochester, NY, Wegmans now boasts locations throughout a good deal of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, much to the delight of shoppers who value excellent quality foods at a good price. Yes, that goes for Wegmans store-brand items, too.

Somewhere along the way, "store-brand" became associated with a lesser product. At Wegmans, this couldn't be farther from the truth. I'm a pretty picky shopper, and I never leave the store without a stash of their store-brand goods. Here are a few Wegmans store-brand items you'll always find in my cart.

Wegmans In-Store Baked Bagels

An assortment of bagels in various flavors.

I'm not a snob, but I take my bagels seriously. I like a sturdy crust that toasts just right, and a chewy center that stands up to a generous smear of cream cheese. Wegmans In-Store Baked Bagels pass both of these tests with ease. Plus, they come in a seemingly endless variety. At my house, we routinely get a dozen or more to stash in the freezer.

Wegmans Sparkling Water 12-Pack Cans

A blue and purple box of Wegmans brand Dragon Fruit Berry flavored sparkling water.

It might seem tough to get excited about sparkling water, but my family goes through a lot of it. After spending a small fortune on the name-brand stuff, my wife and I made the switch to Wegmans Sparkling Water—and we never looked back. I grab a can of the plain sparkling water to cool off after a run, or as a caffeine-free pick-me-up during the workday. The dragon fruit berry, passionfruit, watermelon, grapefruit, lime, and mandarin orange flavors make great mocktails and cocktails, too.

Wegmans Organic Lemon & Garlic Marinade

A bottle of Wegmans brand Organic Lemon Garlic Marinade

Wegmans Organic Lemon & Garlic Marinade is my go-to pairing for any chicken I put on the grill, especially in the summer. It's also great on fish and pork. This citrusy, garlicky dressing is so goo, my out-of-town relatives used to demand that I bring some with me when I went to visit—that is, until they got their own Wegmans. Want to make things even easier? Wegmans also sells ready-to-cook lemon garlic marinated chicken thighs and chicken breast in sealed airtight packages that are easy to stash in the fridge or freezer.

Wegmans Organic Toasted Sesame Chopped Salad Kit

A clear bag of Wegmans Organic Toasted Sesame Chopped Salad Kit filled with chopped cabbage, carrot, kale, broccoli stalks, cilantro, sunflower seed kernels and sesame seeds.

Clearly, convenience plays a big role in my shopping decisions. I love cooking and preparing my own meals, but the Wegmans Organic Toasted Sesame Chopped Salad Kit is hard to beat on a weeknight. It's loaded with fresh Napa cabbage, shredded carrot, broccoli, cilantro, and green onions. Crisped quinoa, sunflower seeds, and tangy sesame vinaigrette seal the deal. This salad kit is a crowd-pleaser, and it's ready to eat in 30 seconds.

Wegmans Organic Bagged Pink Lady Apples, Family Pack

A bag of Wegmans Organic Pink Lady Apples with 9 red apples inside.

Upstate New York is apple country, so we have definite preferences—and a whole lot of options—around here. For days when I don't feel like walking the rows at the local orchard, I pick up Wegmans Organic Bagged Pink Lady Apples in the Family Pack size. The first thing you'll notice is that these apples are a beautiful pink-yellow color. They're also exceptionally crisp, with sweetness and tartness in perfect balance.

Wegmans Ultimate Chocolate Cake

A round cake covered with chocolate frosting swoops.

Okay, I don't always buy Wegmans Ultimate Chocolate Cake, but I would if my waistline could handle it. Definitely take note of the "ultimate" designation here: this cake is intensely rich and chocolatey. It's also exceptionally moist, which is a virtue not often found in store-brand cakes. In other words, just add candles. Or don't. And when your friends ask for the recipe, give them directions to Wegmans.

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