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What if there were one day when, everywhere you went, there were opportunities to try delicious whole grain foods?
You’d stop into the cafeteria at your workplace, and you’d be oﬀered a taste of quinoa salad. Your teenager would duck into a quick-serve restaurant, and they’d ask, “Would you like that on a whole grain wrap, instead of the usual bun?” In the park downtown, a food company would be passing out granola bars to joggers. At dinner, as you serve whole grain pasta to your family, your fourth-grader would report about the whole grain pizza in her school lunch.
According to a 2014 survey by the International Food Information Council, 72% of consumers are seeking more whole grains. Whole Grains also feature strongly in the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Culinary Forecast. This year, give customers what they’re looking for by celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day!
Check out our video, below, to get inspired about Whole Grain Sampling Day.
Get inspired now for whole grain sampling day 2017
Meet our 2017 Whole Grain Sampling Day Partners
Organizations and Nonproﬁts
- Healthy Dining Finder
Healthcare & Foodservice
- Rio Grande Regional Hospital & the Diabetes Management Center
- Bon Me (Boston, MA)
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston, MA)
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Atlantic Superstore
- Choices Markets
- Giant Food
- Martin’s Food Markets
- Stop & Shop
Manufacturers & Food Companies
- Bob’s Red Mill
- Arizona State University
- Boston University
- Davidson College
- Indiana University Bloomington
- Johnson & Wales University
- Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
- Mississippi State University
- Nicholls State University
- North Carolina State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Penn State
- Santa Barbara City College
- Skidmore College
- Syracuse University
- Tulane University
- University of Alaska — Fairbanks
- University of Arizona
- University of Illinois
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri
Check out how Whole Grain Sampling Day was celebrated during previous years, as you complete plans for your own Sampling Day partner activity for 2017:
Learn How — and Why — to Take Part in Whole Grain Sampling Day 2017
Sign Up Oﬃcially as a WGSD Partner
Click here to ﬁll out our online WGSD Partners form. Right up through Sampling Day, we’ll list our partners’ plans and activities here on our website, to help drive traﬃc and media attention to your good ideas. Signing up is not required, but who doesn’t like free publicity? The sooner you sign up, the more visibility you get.
Downloadable Resources to Help Implement Your WGSD Plans
The Whole Grains Council provides a full suite of resources for companies and organizations planning to take part in Whole Grain Sampling Day.
Get Social Media Inspiration
Once you’ve planned your 2017 WGSD events and promotions, you’ll want to talk them up on social media, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Pinterest. One place to start is our collection of WGSD Tweets. Click here to download Tweets. And if you write your own, use the hashtag #SampleWholeGrains.
Plan a Whole Grain Trivia Contest
Check out our Whole Grain Trivia Contest Kit, which comes with resources and questions that are a perfect addition to any whole grain promotion.
Customize a Press Release
Download this customizable press release to announce your Whole Grain Sampling Day plans and build momentum.
Explain the Beneﬁts of Whole Grains
Our “Whole Grains 101” Welcome to Whole Grains brochure explains why everyone should enjoy more whole grains. It makes a great handout in conjunction with your WGSD events and promotions. There are three great options for taking advantage of this brochure:
• You can order the brochure pre-printed, at cost, from the Oldways Store. (Oldways is the parent organization of the Whole Grains Council.)
• You can download a PDF and print it yourself or provide a link on your website.
• We can co-brand the brochure with your logo, and supply you a PDF you can take to your printer or make available electronically. Contact Kelly Toups (617-896-4884) if you’d like to learn how we can work with you to co-brand our Whole Grains 101 brochure.
Want other handouts, including information in Spanish? We have plenty of them here on our website. We also have a Whole Grains Store Tour, perfect for RDs and other health professionals who would like to educate shoppers about whole grains.
Order Buttons, Stickers and Posters
We oﬀer buttons, stickers and posters at cost to commercial ventures – and free to nonproﬁts and educational groups. Click here to see what’s available and ﬁnd out how to order.
Download Graphics for Sampling Day Partners
Need graphics to promote your Whole Grain Sampling Day events and activities? We’ve got just what you need. Perfect for signs, table tents, t-shirts and banners, or to liven up your website and social media posts.