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The Whole Grains Council holds a major international conference every 18-24 months. Our next conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is scheduled for November 9-11, 2014, in Boston. We invite everyone to enjoy a late-fall weekend in Boston, then join us toward the end of Sunday afternoon for our opening sessions. The event will run through Tuesday afternoon, getting you home in time to apply your new-found knowledge that same week.

This conference will offer members, health professionals -- and of course, key media -- the essential information they need to fully understand today's top, pressing grain issues. Our preliminary agenda includes:

Sunday Nov. 9, 4:00-8:00 pm
• Breaking Barriers: an overview of challenges and successes
• Whole Grain Trends and Consumer Attitudes
• Consumption Progress and Goals
• Cooking Demonstrations and Networking Reception

Monday Nov. 10, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Morning: Celiac, Gluten Intolerance and the "No Grain" Movement
• What's Gluten and Who Should Avoid It
• Why are Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity on the Rise?
• Today's Wheat: Fact and Fiction
Wheat Belly and Grain Brain: Holes in the "Science"
• What Did Paleo Man Really Eat?
• Health Limitations in Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Diets
Afternoon: Choosing Healthy Carbs
• Glycemic Response: Eat the Right Carbs, not "No Carbs"
• The Role of Intact Grains
• Pasta: Why It's Special
• Traditional Processing: Sprouting and Sourdough
• Real-World Commercial Breadmaking
• Marketing Case Studies Workshop
• Networking Reception

Tuesday Nov. 11, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Marketing Successes That Break Barriers: Inspiration for Your Company
• Foodservice Panel: If You Menu It, They Will Come
• Retail Panel: Reaching Supermarket Dietitians with Healthy Products
• Manufacturers' Panel: Why Positive Messages Sell Best
• Whole Grain Sampling Day: Synergies from Coordinated Events
• The Whole Grain Stamp, Past and Future

Save the date, because this conference will give you the crucial updates you need to be more effective in your job. We welcome everyone interested in whole grains -- health professionals, media, manufacturers, marketers, farmers, and product developers to join us at this conference.

Oldways is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. This conference offers 12 credits of continuing education for registered dietitians.

Want general information on Oldways / WGC conferences? Click on the links below.


EarlyBird (to Sept. 14)

Regular (Sept. 15 onward)

WGC Members
(first registration or sponsors*)



WGC Members
(additional people)



RDs, government, non-profits,
and other health professionals



Corporate Rate
(non-WGC companies)



A big thanks to our early sponsors of the Breaking Barriers conference.

Benefactor Sponsors



Carl Brandt / Mestemacher Bread

Access Past Conference Proceedings

You can access a wealth of materials from our previous whole grains conferences through the links below, including:

  • Summary agenda of presentations

  • Reports and handouts (an unbelievable wealth of cool things you never knew about whole grains)

  • Photos

PDFs of most presentations are available either online or on request, as noted on each conference's agenda.


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