IMPORTANT VENDOR NEWS!

Updated: June 15, 2015

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


MN WIC Program

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors June 2015 Edition

The June 2015 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition includes information on the new Minnesota WIC Food Finder mobile app for iPhones and Android phones, the metro group training sessions and several other updates. The newsletter can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/06_2015.pdf

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WIC EBT (eWIC) Webinar for Retail Stores Now Available

A webinar that presents information on Minnesota’s future plans for implementing a WIC EBT system, known as eWIC, is now available through a link on our web site.

A recording of the webinar made by Ellen Thompson from Maximus, our eWIC planning contractor, can be accessed at the following link:

http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=870xfv

When you go to this link, you will need to fill in your name and click on the "submit" button. You will then be connected to the recorded webinar.

The power point presentation of the webinar is available at the following link:

MN Vendor eWIC Presentation

If you have any questions or comments about eWIC, please contact us at: health.wicvendor@state.mn.us.

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Updated Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List has been updated based on the results of the price surveys that stores submitted in April 2015. There is also a Maximum Price List for Other Milk and Ready to Feed Formulas. These price lists can be accessed from the following webpage:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/guidelines.html

If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

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Egg Prices and Availability

With the uncertainty in the egg market due to the Avian Flu, the Minnesota WIC maximum price for eggs will continue to be monitored and revised as needed. If you experience any issues with the availability of large eggs at your store, please contact Rick Chiat at rick.chiat@state.mn.us for advice. The current maximum price for eggs is on the list found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/newprcng.pdf

Please check the Important Vendor News page of our website for updates on any price change at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/important.html

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Updated Special Formula Price List June 2015

The Special Formula Price List has been updated to reflect the following price changes:

  • Nestle: Gerber Extensive HA, $25.25 max/can
  • Nutricia: Periflex Junior Plus (PKU Periflex Junior Plus), $53.30 max/can
  • Nestle: Boost Kids Essential 1.5, $2.07 max/container

This updated list can be found on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/spclfrml.pdf

If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

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Minimum Stock Requirements

The WIC Minimum Stock requirements have been updated to reflect the addition of whole wheat pasta and yogurt and can be found at the following link:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/minstock.html

If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

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UPC/Product Updates posted

The latest update to the WIC-Allowed Foods are posted on our website. This UPC update can be found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 05/29/2015 (PDF)

UPC Update 04/29/2015 (PDF)

If you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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Information below was updated on or before 4/20/2015.

ALL Fresh Potatoes Are Now WIC-Allowed Vegetables

Beginning April 6, 2015, ALL fresh potatoes are WIC-Allowed vegetables and can be purchased using the WIC fruit and vegetable voucher. Some helpful information is listed below.

  • Every type of fresh potato your store carries, such as red, russet, purple and Yukon gold, is now WIC Allowed.
  • This includes bagged potatoes, individual potatoes and organic potatoes
  • All fresh potatoes, most canned potatoes and a limited number of frozen potatoes are available for purchase using the WIC Fruit and Vegetable voucher (also called FVV), just like other vegetables and fruits.
  • It is up to each store to update its scanning system and mark all of the fresh potato PLUs and UPCs that it carries as WIC Allowed (when purchased with the Fruit and Vegetable voucher).
  • UPCs for WIC-Allowed canned and frozen potato products were recently added to our online UPC lists of canned and frozen vegetables and can be accessed using the UPC Update links below. Keep checking our website for more UPC Updates.

UPC Update 03/31/2015 (PDF: 209KB/7 pages)

UPC Update 04/07/2015 (PDF: 72KB/2 pages)

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UPC/Product Update posted

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods is posted on our website. The Update is on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 04/07/2015 (PDF: 72KB/2 pages)

If you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us

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Spanish 2015-2016 WIC Shopping Guide Now Available to Order

The Spanish 2015-2016 WIC Shopping Guide is now available to order at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/ordering.html

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Information below was updated on or before 4/1/2015.

UPC/Product Update posted

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods is posted on our website. This update includes WIC-Allowed canned and frozen potato products that will be WIC-Allowed beginning April 6, 2015. The Update is on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 03/31/2015 (PDF: 209KB/7 pages)

If you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors March 2015 Edition

The March 2015 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition contains details about the changes to the WIC-Allowed foods beginning on April 6, as well as information on group training for vendors scheduled for spring and summer of this year. The newsletter can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/03_2015.pdf.

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Information below was updated on or before 2/25/2015.

UPC/Product Update posted - New WIC Foods

An Update listing the new foods that will be WIC Allowed beginning April 6, 2015 has been posted to our website. Included on this list is Whole Wheat Pasta and Yogurt. The Update is on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 02/25/2015 (PDF: 199KB/7 pages)

If you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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Information below was updated on or before 1/28/2015.

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors January 2015 Edition

The January 2015 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition contains a first glimpse into the changes coming up to the WIC allowed foods in April 2015, as well as some initial information on group training for vendors scheduled for spring and summer of this year. The newsletter can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/01_2015.pdf.

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Updated Special Formula Price List January 2015

The Special Formula Price List has been updated to reflect the following price changes:

  • Abbott: Jevity 1 Cal. New maximum $1.83/container
  • Abbott: Jevity Plus 1.2 Cal. New Maximum $2.12/container
  • Abbott: Polycose – delete – discontinued
  • Abbott: Similac Expert Care Neosure 2 oz. RTF. New maximum $1.27/container
  • Abbott: Vital Jr – delete – discontinued
  • Nutricia: Neocate Junior. New maximum $46.68/container
  • Nutricia: Neocate Junior w/ Prebiotics. New maximum $46.68/container
  • Nutricia: Neocate Nutra. New maximum $45.67/container

This updated list can be found on our website at:

WIC Special Formula Price List
(PDF: 260KB/4 pages)
- updated January, 2015

If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

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UPC/Product Update posted

The most recent Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods is posted on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 01/28/2015 (PDF: 87KB/4 pages)

If you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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Information below was updated on or before 7/16/2014.

New WIC Fruit and Vegetable Voucher for Infants

As a result of the final WIC food package rule published by USDA earlier this year, most infants 9-11 months old will now receive a $4 or $8 fruit and vegetable voucher in place of some of the 4 ounce infant fruit and vegetable containers that they now receive. These vouchers are different than the typical fruit and vegetable voucher because they list only fresh fruit and vegetables. Below is an example of an infant $4 fresh fruit and vegetable voucher:

Image of infant benefit with fruits and vegetables on it

Please make sure all store cashiers are made aware of this version of the fruit and vegetable voucher.

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Sample Vouchers for Cashier Training

At the request of several stores, the Minnesota WIC Program has developed a Microsoft Word template that stores can use to print sample vouchers. These vouchers can be used in mock transactions to help train store cashiers on what it is like to shop with a voucher in the store and to help them better understand how to properly transact a WIC voucher.

The First and Last Day to Use dates on the vouchers can be changed to meet your training needs, and they are formatted to print three vouchers per sheet.

If you would like a copy of the documents, please contact Beth Shaw at: (651) 201-4416 or Beth.Shaw@state.mn.us

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4.25 Ounce Beech Nut Infant Foods Are NOT WIC Allowed

Many Beech Nut brand infant fruits and vegetables are WIC Allowed, but a new product line of Beech Nut infant fruits and vegetables is packaged in 4.25 ounce jars and these are NOT WIC Allowed. All WIC Allowed fruits and vegetables must be in 4 ounce containers. WIC-Allowed Beech Nut infant fruits and vegetables in 4 ounce jars are labeled as Beech Nut Classics or Beech Nut Goya. In addition, the Beech Nut Homestyle Textures Stage 2 ½ product line has been discontinued.

The complete listing of WIC-Allowed infant foods can be found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/download/infantpdf.cfm

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Sign up for UPC/Product Updates

The online UPC listing of the WIC-allowed foods is frequently revised. Revisions identify new brands, discontinued products and product changes sent to us by the manufacturers. Changes made to the list are compiled on an Update page and posted to our website. We encourage you to update your scanning system as soon as possible to reflect the changes. These Update pages can be found on the website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/updates/index.html.

If you would like to receive notification when these UPC changes are posted to our website, please send an email to: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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