IMPORTANT VENDOR NEWS!

Updated: June 23, 2016

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


MN WIC Program

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 2016. There is also a Maximum Price List for Other Milk and Ready to Feed Formulas. The revised price list for medical formula will be posted soon. These most current 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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Shelf Labels for Gerber 2-packs and Beech Nut Classics

A new shelf label sheet is available to order. It contains labels identifying that one Gerber 2-pack is equal to two 4 oz jars, as well as labels indicating that only the Classics line of Beech Nut products are allowed. Examples of the shelf labels are found below and are available to order from our website at:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/connect/index.cfm?cmd=forms.vendor

2-pack of 4 oz tubs = two 4 oz jars

Classics Only for Beech Nut Infant Vegetables

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Shelf Labels with Blank Space for Price

A new shelf label is now available that identifies an item as WIC allowed and has a space for the store to enter a price for that item. An example of this label is found below and is available to order from our website at:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/connect/index.cfm?cmd=forms.vendor

New shelf label with MN WIC Allowed and dollar sign

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New Online Cashier Training Module Available

Looking for a new resource to help train your cashiers? Try the new "Accepting WIC Vouchers" module. The module is interactive and will help teach cashiers everything they need to know about WIC, including how to tell if foods are WIC allowed, how to transact WIC vouchers, and how to provide excellent customer service to WIC customers. The module is available on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/wic/vendor/training/modules/index.html

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State Rules Update

As part of our ongoing work to update the state rules that govern the Minnesota WIC Program, we published a Request for Comments in the Minnesota State Register on May 2, 2016, inviting members of the public to review and propose changes to the WIC Program rules. We sent a copy of this Request for Comments to all of our retail food vendors. It can also be accessed at the following link: www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/40_44.pdf.

We are continuing to meet with the members of our Vendor Advisory Group to review and discuss our proposals, and to obtain their feedback. When we have compiled a final draft of the proposed amendments, we will publish another notice in the State Register, and will send all of you a copy of the publication.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to the Minnesota WIC Rules, we encourage you to contact Mary Rogness at mary.rogness@state.mn.us.

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UPC/Product Updates posted

The latest updates to the WIC-Allowed Foods are posted on our website. UPC updates 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.

If you would like to receive notification when these UPC changes are posted to our website, or 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 3/30/2016.

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors March 2016 Edition

The March 2016 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors has recently been mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter includes information on the vendor survey we are currently conducting to help us better understand what’s going well with WIC from the store perspective and what needs improvement. All WIC authorized stores are invited to take the survey. Also included is updated information on several topics including: the State Rules process, e-WIC planning, the next shelf price survey, recent compliance investigations and UPC/food products.

The newsletter can be viewed online at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/03_2016.pdf

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Information below was updated on or before 10/14/2015.

Updated List of Authorized Suppliers of WIC-Allowed Infant Formulas

An updated list of the distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers authorized to supply WIC allowed infant formulas is now available on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/formulasrcs.pdf.

Please note: WIC vendors can only buy infant formula from the authorized suppliers on this updated list.

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Information below was updated on or before 9/29/2015.

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors September 2015 Edition

The September 2015 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition clarifies key information from the group vendor training sessions that took place earlier this year and has updates in several vendor areas including food product updates. This edition can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/09_2015.pdf

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New Webpage with eWIC Information

There is a new section on the Minnesota WIC website with information about eWIC. You can click on the tab on the main vendor webpage titled "eWIC Information for Vendors" or click on the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/ewic/index.html

This webpage contains information on the process of implementing eWIC in Minnesota and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section that is updated as questions are received from vendors around the state.

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Information below was updated on or before 6/15/2015.

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

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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