Archived Important Vendor News

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


Archived November 27, 2013

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors September 2013 Edition

The September 2013 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter includes many updates for vendors including how to stay current on changes to the WIC program and information on reauthorization. Other items in the newsletter include food product updates, how shelf labels can benefit both WIC customers and store cashiers and the annual training information section that stores must receive each year. The WIC Matters newsletter can be viewed online at:

September 2013 WIC Matters - Newsletter for Vendors - Volume 13, Issue 2 (PDF: 335KB/8 pages)

Shelf Price Survey

Earlier this month, each retail food store was sent a Shelf Price Survey (either directly or through your store's corporate office) that must be completed and returned to the address listed on the price survey. The deadline for the return of the price survey is October 23, 2013. The WIC Maximum Price List is updated based on the information gathered from these surveys. We expect the results of this latest price survey will be posted here in the "Important Vendor News" section of the web site around the middle of November.

The current Maximum Price List can be found on the Requirements and Responsibilities page of our website at:

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

Reauthorization Process

Your store's current agreement is set to expire on March 31, 2014. In early October, we will send your store (either directly or through your store's corporate office) a WIC reauthorization application and a new WIC agreement. If you would like your store to be considered for reauthorization as a WIC vendor, you will need to complete and return the application and WIC agreement by November 8, 2013. Full instructions will be included with the reauthorization packet that will be mailed out in early October.

Please note that your WIC reauthorization application must be filled out carefully and completely. Missing information may delay the renewal of your WIC authorization.

If you have questions please contact Rick Chiat at rick.chiat@state.mn.us or at 651-201-4401.

UPC/Product Update posted

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods was posted on September 9, 2013. The Update can be accessed 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 most recent Updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 09/09/2013 (PDF: 42KB/4 pages)

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

Updated Special Formula Price List September 2013

The Special Formula Price List has been updated to reflect a slight price change for Pediasure and Pediasure w/Fiber 8 oz RTF. The updated list can be found on our website at:

WIC Special Formula Price List (PDF: 222KB/4 pages) - updated September, 2013.

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

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 2013. The new price list can be accessed at: Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods (PDF: 34KB/2 pages) - updated May, 2013.

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

Similac Total Comfort 12.6 Ounce Powder Formula Allowed on WIC

There is an additional WIC-Allowed contract formula you will begin to see listed on WIC vouchers starting in June 2013. The product is Similac Total Comfort powder formula, in a 12.6 ounce container. The UPC code for this item is: 0 70074 62600 0.

An updated formula insert now includes Similac Total Comfort and can be found on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/engformulainsert.pdf (English)

and: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/spanformulainsert.pdf (Spanish)

You can order the updated formula insert (English on one side and Spanish on the other) using the order form at the following link:

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

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

Small Change in Look of Voucher

The Minnesota WIC Program has a new banking contractor as of May 1, 2013. You may notice some small changes in the appearance of WIC vouchers. Although the color of the vouchers will not change, the voucher overlay is slightly changed. The most visible change is that the authorized signature at the bottom of the voucher no longer has a box around it. See the sample voucher pictured below.

MN WIC Voucher/Benefit

If you have questions regarding the banking change, please contact Rick Chiat at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us or at 651-201-4401.

Mother's Brand Oatmeal Discontinued

We recently learned that Mother's brand oatmeal, UPC 30000 21641, will be discontinued as of July 1, 2013. To see the listing of other 16 ounce oatmeal options please click on the following link:

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

Bulk oatmeal is also WIC Allowed. We do expect that all stores will have a WIC allowed oatmeal option for its WIC customers available in stock at all times.

The Impact of Federal Sequestration on the Redemption and Payment of WIC Vouchers

There is much confusion and misinformation regarding the federal sequestration that went into effect on Friday, March 1st. Please note that the federal sequestration will have no effect on the redemption or payment of WIC vouchers. WIC participants are continuing to be served by the local WIC agencies and WIC participants have been instructed that they can continue to use their WIC vouchers without interruption.

All stores should continue to accept WIC vouchers and to process them normally.

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

59 Ounce Refrigerated Orange Juice Change

59 ounce refrigerated orange juice will soon no longer be a WIC allowed juice option for WIC participants. USDA is requiring that we eliminate 59 ounce refrigerated orange juice because it does not allow participants to receive the full amount of juice listed on their vouchers. Beginning April 1, 2013, all vouchers containing juice will only list the 64 ounce size of juice. Because of tri-monthly issuance, some participants will still have vouchers that reflect the 59 to 64 ounce juice range through the end of June.

We encourage every store to carry a 64 ounce size refrigerated orange juice if you do not currently have one available. There are a number of 64 ounce size refrigerated orange juices on our WIC –allowed UPC listing and all distributors should have at least one of these 64 ounce juices available for you to order.

New 18 by 24 inch “WIC Welcome Here” Poster Now Available to Order

A new "WIC Welcome Here" poster is now available. The new poster is larger, measuring 18 inches by 24 inches, and has a UV coating to minimize sun damage. The smaller size poster, 11 inches by 17 inches with no UV coating, is still available as well.

To order any WIC materials, please access our website at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/ordering.html

Spanish Cashier Guides Now Available

The 2012-2013 laminated Cashier Guides have been translated and are now available in Spanish. To order, please access our website at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/ordering.html

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Archived August 5, 2013

UPC/Product Updates posted

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods was posted on June 25, 2013. The Update can be accessed 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 most recent Updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 06/25/2013 (PDF: 39KB/3 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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Archived May 29, 2013

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors March 2013 Edition

The March 2013 edition of the WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors (PDF: 276KB/8 pages) was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter contains important information including the change to 64 ounce as the only WIC Allowed refrigerated juice size. There is additional information on WIC Allowed food products as well as news on a banking change, the shelf price survey due on April 24, and new materials available to order.

UPC/Product Update posted 3/5/2013

Updates to the WIC-Allowed Foods were posted on March 5, 2013. The Updates can be accessed 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 most recent Updates are at the top of the list and titled:

UPC Update 03/05/2013 (PDF: 45KB/3 pages)

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

Loss of Wonder Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

The closing of the Hostess company means the loss of one of our WIC-Allowed breads, Wonder Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

If you are looking for a different bread to sell in your store, please click on the following link to access our current list of WIC-Allowed breads: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/download/breadpdf.cfm

Welcome to WIC Participant DVD

We have recently produced a new Welcome to WIC DVD for WIC participants that describe the foods that are available on the WIC program and how to shop with WIC vouchers at the store. This DVD can be viewed at the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/welcomevideo.html

If you would like a copy of the DVD, please send a request to Theresa.graham@state.mn.us

Suggestions from Summer WIC Vendor Training Sessions

Thank you to all who attended a summer WIC vendor training session and for providing us with valuable feedback. We have reviewed your comments and wanted to provide you with a response to the most common issues that you raised:

Do we have to cover the same information at every group training session?
We are required by federal guidelines to cover certain topics at each group training session, such as how to transact a voucher. When possible, we will try to reduce the amount of time we devote to these items in the future.

Can refreshments be provided at the training sessions?
We do not have a budget for providing food or drink at group training sessions. We will be sure to let you know this when we schedule the next training sessions, so you may plan accordingly.

Could you schedule the trainings at a different time of the year?
We recognize that summer is a busy time for stores and will plan to schedule our next group training sessions in the Spring to help address this concern.

Will we continue to offer videoconference training sites?
This year was our first time offering videoconference training sessions in addition to in-person training sessions. Several stores found this option to be very beneficial. We plan to continue to offer videoconference training sessions, but will probably offer fewer training sites, due to low attendance. We will also adjust our presentation and our materials so that it is easier to view the information that we are presenting.

Can we offer a webinar/online training session?
Several people expressed the desire to attend training via a webinar/online session. We piloted this option to see how it would work and it did appear to work well. We will plan to expand this option in the future.

Do we anticipate making changes to our shelf labels or WIC store signs?
We received much feedback about our shelf labels. A number of stores like and use our current shelf labels and other stores have appreciated our flexibility in allowing them to develop their own. Based on the feedback we do not plan to revise the shelf labels at this time, but stores do have the option to create their own shelf labels with our approval. Contact rick.chiat@state.mn.us to obtain approval.

Based on your feedback, we have developed a UV- coated 18 inch by 24 inch version of the "WIC Welcome Here" poster. To order the poster, please click on the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/ordering.html

Is there a way to make the training sessions more interactive?
We received some suggestions to make the training sessions more interactive. We will look at how we can have you participate more directly in the training sessions in the future as a way to enhance your experience.

If you have any suggestions for future group training sessions, please contact Erin Kelsey at Erin.Kelsey@state.mn.us.

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 October 2012. The new price list can be accessed at: Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods (PDF: 22KB/2 pages) - updated November, 2012.

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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Archived March 27, 2013

UPC/Product Updates posted 12/20/12 and 1/23/2013

Updates to the WIC-Allowed Foods were posted on December 20, 2012 and January 23, 2013. The Updates can be accessed 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 most recent Updates are at the top of the list and titled:

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

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Archived January 31, 2013

UPC/Product Update posted online November 21, 2012

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods was posted on November 21, 2012. The Update can be accessed 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 most recent Update is at the top of the list and titled:

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

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Archived November 1, 2012

Updated Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List has been updated to reflect both the initial Gerber Good Start Soy formula prices as well as the recent price increases of the Similac milk-based formulas. If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

Shelf Price Survey Due October 25, 2012

Your store will soon receive the September 2012 Shelf Price Survey (either directly or through your store's corporate office) that must be completed and returned to the address listed on the price survey. The deadline for the return of the price survey is October 25, 2012. The WIC Maximum Price List is updated based on the information gathered from these surveys.

UPC/Product Update Posted On-line September 12, 2012

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods was posted on September, 2012. The Update can be accessed 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 most recent Update is at the top of the list and titled:

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

Infant Formula Bid Award

As we previously communicated to you, our current infant formula contract with Abbott Nutrition ends on September 30, 2012. A new Infant Formula Bid was issued in January 2012. The infant formula bids were opened March 20th and the bid award was announced recently. Three companies submitted bids: Mead Johnson, Abbott Nutrition and Gerber, a subsidiary of Nestle.

Abbott Nutrition has been awarded the contract for our milk-based formulas, for at least the next three years. This means that there will be no change in the minimum stock requirements for the primary formula issued by the WIC program.

However, Gerber and its Good Start soy-based powder, concentrate and ready-to-feed formulas has been awarded the contract for our soy-based formulas. This change will mean that effective October 1st, all vouchers for soy-based formula will reflect the new Gerber soy formulas. Consequently, if you have WIC customers who are receiving soy formula, you need to be sure that you have Gerber Good Start soy formula available for these customers to purchase on October 1st.

If you should have any questions regarding the results of the infant formula bid, please contact Rick Chiat, WIC Food Delivery Unit Supervisor, at (651) 201-4401.

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Archived September 26, 2012

Updated Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List (PDF: 38KB/2 pages) has been updated based on the results of the price surveys that stores submitted in April 2012. If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

Reminder to Sign up for Store Group Trainings Summer 2012

Store Group training sessions will be held across the state this summer. Interactive training is required for WIC-authorized vendors every three years. This year, we will offer in-person as well as video conference options for attending training, and online registration will be available. Information about training session dates, times and places was sent to you in late April, along with instructions on how to register.

UPC/Product Update posted online May 22, 2012

An Update to the WIC-Allowed Foods was posted on May 22, 2012. The Update can be accessed 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 most recent Update is at the top of the list and titled:

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

Updated Special Formula Price List March 2012

The Special Formula Price List has been updated and can be found on our website at:

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

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Archived May 24, 2012

Shelf Price Survey Due April 25, 2012

Your store should have received the Spring 2012 Shelf Price Survey (either directly or through your store's corporate office) that must be completed and returned to the address listed on the price survey. The deadline for the return of the price survey is April 25, 2012.

The survey can also be found online at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/survey.pdf

The WIC Maximum Price List is updated based on the information gathered from these surveys. The current Maximum Price List is on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/newprcng.pdf

WIC Allowed Refrigerated Orange Juice Changes

Updated: March 5, 2012
As a result of the downsizing of the name brand refrigerated orange juices that have occurred over the past year, we have made a change in the WIC Allowed juices:

  • Effective March 1, 2012, WIC customers can purchase WIC Allowed brands of refrigerated orange juice in either a 59 or 64 ounce size container.
  • WIC participants will begin to receive vouchers in March that list the option to purchase either a 59 or 64 ounce container of 100% juice. Once this message appears on the WIC vouchers, WIC customers shopping at your store should be allowed to purchase either a 59 ounce or a 64 ounce size container of refrigerated orange juice in the brands authorized for the program. If a WIC customer still has a voucher that reflects the 64 ounce size containers of juice, your store can allow that customer the option to purchase a WIC allowed 59 ounce size container of refrigerated orange juice in lieu of the 64 ounce size container.
  • There are several 59 ounce refrigerated orange juices that are not WIC Allowed because they do not provide 120% Vitamin C per serving. These products include Minute Maid Pure Squeezed orange juice and all of the Simply Juice products. Please also note that there are no 59 ounce 100% grapefruit juices that provide 120% Vitamin C per serving.
  • Please direct any questions or issues regarding the WIC Allowed refrigerated orange juices to Karilyn Schrankler at (651) 201-5398 or karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

Store Cashier Training DVD now Online

The Cashier Training DVD is now available for viewing online. This DVD is a great tool for educating new store cashiers on the handling of WIC transactions and can serve as a good reminder for existing staff on the current WIC foods and how to process WIC vouchers correctly. The online DVD can be accessed at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/dvd.html

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Archived April 23, 2012

Shelf Price Survey in March 2012

In March 2012, each retail food store will receive a Shelf Price Survey (either directly or through your store's corporate office) that must be completed and returned to the address listed on the price survey. The deadline for the return of the price survey is April 25, 2012. The WIC Maximum Price List is updated based on the information gathered from these surveys. The current Maximum Price list can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/newprcng.pdf.

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Archived March 5, 2012

Revised Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List (PDF: 31KB/2 pages) has been updated based on the results of the price surveys that stores submitted in October 2011. If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

WIC Vendor Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 2

The September 2011 edition of the WIC Vendor Newsletter, entitled WIC Matters (PDF: 680KB/8 pages), was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter contains important information including the results of recent store monitoring visits and compliance activities, and the adjustment to the Maximum Price List due to the contract formula price increase. There is a page of UPC/Product updates to the WIC-Allowed foods, and this edition contains the yearly vendor Training Section.

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Archived November 23, 2011

WIC Vendor Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 2

The September 2011 edition of the WIC Vendor Newsletter, entitled WIC Matters (PDF: 680KB/8 pages), was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter contains important information including the results of recent store monitoring visits and compliance activities, and the adjustment to the Maximum Price List due to the contract formula price increase. There is a page of UPC/Product updates to the WIC-Allowed foods, and this edition contains the yearly vendor Training Section.

Maximum Price list adjustments made for Infant Formula price increase

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods has been updated to reflect the formula price increases that took effect September 1, 2011. These price changes are highlighted in bold on page 2 of this document found on our website at:

Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods - updated September 2011

Please note that a new price survey will be sent to each vendor in late September. Each vendor should complete this price survey using the revised formula prices. There may be further adjustments in the formula pricing based on the results of this September price survey.

Revised 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 2011. If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

Change in Agency Numbers on Green Color WIC Vouchers

You may have noticed that the WIC Agency numbers printed on the green color WIC vouchers are different from what you may have been used to before. These Agency numbers have changed with the new WIC computer system used to print the vouchers.

A list of the new Agency numbers, WIC Agencies by Agency Number (PDF: 22KB/3 pages), can be found on our website.


This information may be helpful if you have an unsigned voucher or find a lost voucher or WIC ID Folder and need to call the local WIC Agency for assistance. You may also contact the State WIC Program at 651-201-4417 or by email at theresa.graham@state.mn.us.

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Archived May 31, 2011

Revised Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List (PDF: 17.98KB/2 pages) has been updated based on results of the price surveys that stores submitted in October 2010.

Update on the Green Color WIC Vouchers

As detailed on page in the WIC Matters vendor newsletter, your store may already be seeing or will soon be seeing the light green color WIC vouchers which will gradually replace the rose/pink color vouchers that you are familiar with. Both the rose/pink and green color Minnesota WIC vouchers must be accepted at your store.

The color of the vouchers is changing as we rollout a new computer system throughout the state. This system was rolled out in Dakota County in September and in Hennepin County in November. Ramsey County will be rolled out in early January 2011 followed by the rest of the state. By the end of March 2011, all counties in the state will have this new computer system, and will be issuing only green vouchers. There will be no more rose/pink color vouchers presented to your store after June 30, 2011.

List of WIC-Allowed Canned Beans Expanded

Many more canned beans have been added to the WIC-Allowed Food list, due to the allowance of canned beans with added sugar. This change means that WIC participants should have an easier time selecting canned beans, including kidney beans. The list of canned beans newly added can be found on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/updates/beans122810.pdf

A complete listing of WIC-Allowed canned beans can be found on our website at:

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

WIC Shopping Guide Updated, Reprinted and Now Available

The WIC Shopping Guide has been updated for 2011.

The main updates you will see in the revised WIC Shopping Guide are listed below:

1. The Juice page was redesigned:

  • All of the WIC-Allowed 64 ounce shelf-stable name brand juices are now pictured. There is also a listing of the store brand juices.
  • The 59 ounce size juice containers have been added to the NOT ALLOWED listing for juices.
  • We will continue to monitor the size of the orange juice containers in 2011.
  • Minute Maid orange juice is one name brand refrigerated orange juice that is still packaged in a 64 ounce container. There are a number of store brand refrigerated options that are also available.

2. The Whole Grains page now contains pictures all of the name brand Tortillas and Breads that are WIC-Allowed. It also lists the allowable store brands.

3. The Beans and Peanut Butter page has a new look, but the main change is that canned beans with added sugar are now considered WIC-Allowed.

4. The Infant Foods page has been revised:

  • All of the Nature's Goodness brand products have been removed, as the company is no longer manufacturing those products.
  • The infant formula pictures and product size information have been updated.
  • The specific brands of the 4 ounce WIC-Allowed twin packs of infant fruits and vegetables are now pictured:
  • The Up and Up brand is available only at Target.
  • The Parent's Choice brand is available only at Wal-Mart.
  • The HyVee brand is available only at the HyVee stores.

The updated WIC Shopping Guide can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/shopguide.pdf

The updated WIC Shopping Guide can be ordered using the following link:

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

WIC Allowed Food Guide (Cashier's Guide) Updated, Reprinted and Now Available

The WIC Allowed Food Guide (Cashier's Guide) has been updated to reflect those changes made to the WIC Shopping Guide, described above. The updated WIC Allowed Food Guide (Cashier's Guide) can be found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/cashier.pdf

The updated WIC Allowed Food Guide (Cashier's Guide) can be ordered using the following link:

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

New Minnesota WIC Store Cashier Training DVD is now Available

An updated Cashier Training DVD is now available. The DVD reflects current WIC foods and contains guidance on WIC transactions. One copy will soon be sent to each store. More can be ordered using the following link:

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

Sign up to receive notification of updates to the UPC/Product listing

The online UPC/Product listing of WIC-Allowed foods is often revised. Revisions identify new brands, discontinued products and product changes sent to us by the manufacturer. Changes to this list are complied on an Update page and 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 email notification when these UPC changes are posted to the website, please sign up by sending an email to: Karilyn.Schrankler@state.mn.us

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Archived November 20, 2010

WIC Matters Newsletter

The latest edition of the WIC Vendor Newsletter, entitled WIC Matters, was recently mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition of the newsletter contains important information on the upcoming voucher changes and a number of important reminders, including the need to apply for reauthorization.

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Archived May 24, 2010

MN WIC Shelf Labels

We have developed Minnesota WIC shelf labels that stores can print out and use immediately. We will be sending these shelf labels out to be printed and will mail them out to stores as soon as they are available.

Maximum Prices for the New WIC-Allowed Foods

Listed below are the maximum prices assigned to the new WIC foods that WIC customers can begin to purchase on August 1, 2009. The maximum prices for the current list of WIC foods remain the same as before (see the May 2009 maximum price list below).

Fresh Choices! UPC Codes

The UPC/Product Listings for the new WIC foods are now available.

Revised Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List has been updated based on results of the price surveys that stores submitted in April 2009.

Fresh Choices! Minnesota WIC Program Training Materials

The Minnesota WIC vendor unit is currently training all retail food WIC vendors on the August 1, 2009 changes in the Minnesota WIC foods. The materials that we are using in our training presentation include the following:

August 2009 WIC Food Package Information and Materials

This WIC WIC Vendor Requirements and Responsibilities section of the web site has been updated to include detailed information on the changes in the WIC foods that will take effect on August 1, 2009. On the Fresh Choices! The Minnesota WIC Program's Food Package Changes page, you will find the following items:

State WIC Rule Changes

Earlier this year, we sent information to each store regarding possible amendments to the state rules governing the WIC Program. These amendments are primarily related to the food package changes discussed above. We have continued to work with the Vendor Advisory Group on the rule revisions, and expect to publish the proposed rule within the next few weeks. A summary of the proposed changes, including the proposed minimum stock requirements, can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/rules.html.

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Archived April 22, 2009

Revised Maximum Prices for the WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price List (PDF: 14.50KB/1 page) has been updated based on results of the price surveys that stores submitted in October 2008.

The Minnesota WIC Program Special Formula Price List (PDF: 30.32KB/4 pages) has been updated to reflect recent manufacturer pricing and product changes.

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Archived November 25, 2008

New Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program "Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods" has been updated based on the results of the price surveys that stores recently submitted. These revised prices take effect immediately.

State WIC Office Staffing Change

We have updated the Minnesota Vendor Contact list (WORD: 47.0KB/2 pages) to reflect the most recent staffing change that has occurred at the State WIC office. Erin Kelsey has replaced Rod Himon as a WIC Vendor Consultant. You can contact Erin at (651) 201-4415.

State WIC Rule Changes

We are starting to work on updating our current State WIC rule to accommodate the changes in the WIC foods that will take effect in August 2009. We have assembled a broad based vendor advisory group to discuss the proposed changes in the Rule and the key issues that stores may experience in implementing the food changes. We will soon be sending out to every store a "Request for Comments" notice concerning the proposed changes to the WIC Rule.

If you have any questions or comments about the changes in the WIC foods or the proposed changes in our State WIC Rule, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401, or by e-mail at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us

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Archived May 8, 2008

New Food Package Rule

As we discussed at the September training sessions, the United States Department of Agriculture has issued a new Rule changing the foods that are authorized for the WIC program. We will need to implement these food package changes no later than August 2009.

Further information regarding the implementation of these food package changes will be forthcoming. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401.

State WIC Office Staffing Changes

We have updated the Minnesota Vendor Contact list (WORD: 47.0KB/2 pages)to reflect the recent staffing changes that have occurred at the State WIC office. The first change is that Rod Himon has left his position as a WIC Vendor Consultant. We are currently in the process of filling this position. The second change is that Monica Denson has recently assumed a new position in the State WIC office as the WIC Program Integrity Specialist. You can contact Monica whenever you have a concern or complaint about a WIC customer at (651) 201-4416. If you have any questions about these staffing changes, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401.

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Archived December 11, 2007

The Minnesota Special Formula Pricing List

The Minnesota Special Formula Pricing List (PDF: 18.57KB/4 pages) has been updated to reflect recent price increases in a number of the special formulas contained on the list.

Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price Listing (PDF: 22.28KB/1 page) has been updated based on the results of the price surveys that stores submitted in September. These revised prices take effect on November 1, 2007.

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Archived October 31, 2007

Maximum Prices for WIC-Allowed Foods

The Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price Listing (PDF: 30.31KB/1 page) has been updated to reflect the October 1, 2007 Ross Similac formula change and also contains an upward adjustment in the price of eggs.

We expect that there will be further adjustments in the Minnesota WIC Program Maximum Price Listing (PDF: 30.31KB/1 page) in late October after the results of the price survey are tallied.

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Archived October 10, 2007

September Group Trainings

The state WIC program is currently conducting mandatory training sessions for WIC vendors across the State. If you have not yet signed up for a session, please do so using the following registrations materials:

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