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Press Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases and news items. If you would like to be included on our media list to receive press releases from the Whole Grains Council, please contact Rachel Greenstein (617-896-4888). 

2014 selected news and press releases

"Make the Switch" Contest Winners Announced (October 14, 2014)
People across the country voted with their taste buds in the Make the Swtich Contest, organized by Oldways and its Whole Grains Council (WGC). Check out the winners here!

Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers (July 23, 2014)
Oldways and the Whole Grains Council announce a cutting-edge conference to tackle controversial topics, November 9-11 in Boston.

Make the Switch to Whole Grains and Win! (July 8, 2014)
Oldways and the Whole Grains Council are encouraging people everywhere to "Make the Switch" to include more nutritious and delicious whole grains this September, during Whole Grains Month.

Food Industry Invited to Participate in Whole Grain Sampling Day (January 10, 2014)
Oldways and the Whole Grains Council invites restaurants, foodservice, food trucks, supermarkets and manufacturers to participate in Whole Grain Sampling Day on April 2, 2014.

2013 Selected News and Press Releases

Snack in a Backpack Wins Good Grains for a Good Cause Project (October 10, 2013)
Whole Grains Council honors food-based charities during Whole Grains Month.

What about Grain Brain? (September 13, 2013)
Click on the link above, to read the WGC's statement on the book Grain Brain.

Whole Grains Council Announces Good Grains for a Good Cause (July 23 2013)
Celebrate Whole Grains Month this September by honoring food-based charities across the nation.


2012 Whole Grains Challenge Winners Chosen (December 18 2012)
Top Schools Receive Healthy Whole Grain Workshop with Guest Chef

Call for Submissions: 6th Annual Whole Grains Challenge Starts Now (October 1, 2012)
Entry Form is open and all K-12 schools are encouraged to participate.

Whole Grain Month Features Deal of the Day Calendar and Recipe Makeover Contest (August 20, 2012)
WGC announces plans for month-long celebration of whole grains with contests, sweepstakes and daily deals to be revealed from members.

Whole Grains Council Kicks Off 6th Annual Whole Grains Challenge (June 22, 2012)
National Award Program Recognizes Creative K-12 School Food; Winning School Will Receive Guest Chef, Healthy Whole Grain Workshop.

Whole Grain Summit Award Presented to Oldways and Whole Grains Council (May 24, 2012)
Oldways and WGC Receive 2012 Grains for Health Award

National Whole Grain Sampling Day is April 4(Mar 7, 2012)
Consumers invited to join in the fun at partner events nationwide.

First-ever Whole Grain Sampling Day Slated for April 4, 2012 (Jan 26, 2012)
Food industry – from restaurants to manufacturers to grocers – invited to participate

2011 Selected News and Press Releases

2011 Whole Grains Challenge Awards Program Concludes (Nov 16, 2011)
Foodservice Winners in Nine Categories Receive Praise and Prizes

Stampede Winner Awarded $5k and Year's Worth of Quaker Whole Grains (Oct 12, 2011)
Whole Grains Council Announces Sweepstakes Winners

Whole Grains Council Kicks off 5th Annual Whole Grains Challenge (Sept 15, 2011)
National Award Program Recognizes Creative Foodservice Outlets

Stampede Sweepstakes Offers Big Prizes (August 16, 2011)
Exciting Sweepstakes to run during September for Whole Grains Month.

Whole Grain Stamp Now on 5,000 Products in 22 Countries (March 29, 2011)
Number of Products Bearing the Stamp Increases 25% in 9 Months

2010 Selected News and Press Releases

2010 Whole Grains Challenge Winners Announced (November 30, 2010)
Oldways & the WGC Salute Pace-setters and Pioneers

Whole Grain Stamp now on 4,000 Producs in 21 Countries (July 28, 2010)
Boston Non-Profit Spurs Whole Grain Momentum

Award-Winning Chef Cooks for "I Love My Whole Grains" Contest Winner (January 6, 2010)
Diabetic Mom Learns about Whole Grains

2009 News and Press Releases

2009 Whole Grains Challenge Winners Announced (November 19, 2009)
Third annual competition awards whole grain efforts of restaurants, schools

Whole Grain Stamp Approach Praised by IOM (October 28, 2009)
Institute of Medicine urges FDA to require whole grain labeling

Winners Announced for "I Love My Whole Grains" contest (October 20, 2009)
Top winner receives services of a personal chef in her home

Whole Grain Stamp Milestone: 3000 Products (October 6, 2009)
Stamp now in many languages and in 14 countries

Win the Services of a Personal Chef (August 20, 2009)
"I Love My Whole Grains" contest celebrates Whole Grains Month in September

Are Consumers Making Half Their Grains Whole? (April 24, 2009) 204K PDF
WGC's Innovative Programs Measure and Nudge Progress

WGC Submits Comments to Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (April 16, 2009) 340K PDF
Suggestions for strengthening the call for whole grains in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

2008 News and Press Releases

Foodservice Contest and Food Drive Guarantee WG Access to Millions (Nov. 12, 2008)
Whole Grains Challenge winners announced; 129.9 tons of whole grains donated

7 Tons of Whole Grains Donated to Worthy Causes (August 27, 2008)
"Giveaway" and other programs celebrate Whole Grains Month in September

FDA Expands Whole Grain Health Claim
Brown rice officially recognized for its long-standing health benefits.

Whole Grain Stamp Launched in UK
British Bakels becomes first company to use Stamp outside US and Canada

Successful Whole Grain Stamp Program Expands (February 5, 2008)
Canadian Stamp and Restaurant Menu Symbol Introduced

Sprouted Grains Recognized as Whole Grains
USDA / FSIS allows whole grain status for sprouted grains

11 Years of Whole Grain Health Claims
Evidence for oatmeal's health benefits continues to grow

2007 News and Press Releases

Whole Grains for the Holidays
Suggestions for enjoying more whole grains in December.

Whole Grains Momentum Surges (November 9, 2007 - a report on the "Just Ask" conference)
Consumers Respond Strongly to Increased Availability & Variety

Colonel Grain Wants You!
Details on our 2007 Whole Grains Challenge

"Whole Grains Challenge" National Winners Announced (September 4, 2007)
As part of Whole Grains Month celebration

Top 10 Whole Grain School Lunch Ideas (July 24, 2007)
Great story ideas, just in time for Back to School

"Just Ask for Whole Grains" (March 5, 2007)
Grassroots consumer campaign launches nationwide

1000 Products Bearing Stamp (January 31, 2007)
Our successful program passes a milestone

2006 News and Press Releases

"Packaging Innovation of the Year" (October 4, 2006)
The Stamp is honored for success as a consumer tool

USDA Approves Expanded Stamp Use (August 21, 2006)
WG Stamp now OK on products containing meat & poultry

Government Cracks Down on Junk Food (July 31, 2006)
More whole grains in store for schools

Phase II Stamp Graphic Revealed (June 9, 2006)
Successful, familiar Stamp sports new wording

Enhancements to WG Stamp Program (Apr. 19, 2006)
Grams give consumers more information for wiser choices

Statement on FDA Whole Grains Guidance (Feb. 15, 2006)
WGC continues with Whole Grain Stamp program

WG Consumption Increasing Steadily (Jan. 24, 2006)
Oldways and WGC develop new action plan on whole grains

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