Taking A Fresh Look at Food Lion

Fresh-produce-at-remodeled-Food-LionI’ve shopped at the same Food Lion for fourteen years. Some of the staff know me by name and most know me on sight.

We can literally walk there and back from my house, and frequently do.

Over the last year, though, I’ve defected to the newer local grocery store a few miles away for my big weekly shopping trip.

This other store has a Wine Guy and fresh sushi made by real Japanese people, so you know it’s fancy.

Still, Food Lion was the old standby. I’d call my husband to stop there on the way home from work for a last-minute ingredient or a movie from the Red Box.

In my mind, Food Lion did not save me significantly more money than the Other Store. Also, we have been eating a lot more fresh produce and organic food and I didn’t think Food Lion could compete in selection.

When I went to my old, reliable Food Lion for this review, I was very surprised at the recent changes. The produce section was greatly expanded. Everything looked very fresh. I was pleased they had increased the selection of vegan and vegetarian items.

They have the same kinds of organic juices and tofu I have to drive twenty minutes to buy at A National Chain That Specializes in Organic Food, but at a noticeably lower price.

My Food Lion has also expanded their selection of packaged organic foods and other specialty foods, like gluten-free options. I was very pleased with what was available in their “Nature’s Place” aisle. table-full-of-fresh-food-lion-groceries

And Food Lion is a place where you can still save money. They have hugely increased the number products in their store brand, My Essentials.

The My Essential items we tried were very good in price and quite comparable in quality to name brands I’ve used.

Even my husband remarked that he liked what I’d picked out for us to try from the My Essentials line. The mini ice cream sandwiches are our favorite weekend treat!

Before shopping at Food Lion, plan your trip with a visit to the Food Lion website. You can see the  weekly sales and get valuable coupons.

I was impressed with the changes Food Lion has made and plan on shopping there more often.

I would like to challenge Food Lion to reduce the number of their My Essential products that contain high-fructose corn syrup. I know it can be done, because I drive across town to shop at a chain that has NO hfcs in any of their store brand items, and still have low prices.

Part of my trip to Food Lion involved shopping for ingredients to test a recipe. Food Lion has hundreds of recipes available online. We made the Garden Pasta Salad.

Food-Lion-Garden-pasta-salad-recipe

It was so easy, my youngest made it herself with a bit of help. It was so delicious, she was bursting her buttons with pride. This is a great dish for warmer weather, and vegetarian to boot.

I’m giving away a fifty dollar Food Lion gift card, so you can shop and see the improvements for yourself!

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Good luck!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Food Lion. I received a gift card and product kit to facilitate my review.”

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