We compared 8 products from Wegmans' and Trader Joe's private labels to see which was better, and the smaller chain won almost every time
- Wegmans and Trader Joe's are two grocery chains with cult followings.
- Both stores sell products like snacks and drinks under their own in-house brand.
- We tasted eight products from both stores to see which store had the better in-house brand. Wegmans was the clear winner, though there was a tie in one category.
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Wegmans and Trader Joe's have a lot in common.
Though relatively small, the two grocery chains have legions of devoted followers who swear by the stores. More than 25,000 people showed up for the opening day of the newest Wegmans store, located in Brooklyn, New York, in October.
Trader Joe's has some of the best sales per square footage in the grocery industry, and prime locations in big cities like New York are regularly packed during peak shopping times. With 488 stores across the country, Trader Joe's is larger than Wegmans, which has just 101 stores in New England and the mid-Atlantic.
Both stores are also uniquely designed according to a theme and carry loads of in-house products under an exclusive label.
We bought eight similar products from each store's private label and compared them to see which was better. We compared cereal, pretzels, almond butter cups, sparkling water, orange juice, granola, pita chips, and hummus.
Though most of its products were more expensive overall, we found Wegmans had the superior products and beat out Trader Joe's in five categories. There was also one tie.
Here's what we found: