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Why to Join: Many Benefits

Membership in the Whole Grains Council is open to all companies committed to increasing the availability of delicious whole grain choices. As a member of the Whole Grains Council, you will receive many benefits, including:

  • Use of the Whole Grain Stamp on qualifying products.

  • Access to scientific and medical information to help you understand and market whole grains

  • Visibility in scientific, culinary and media circles as a company committed to good health and high-quality products

  • Participation in WGC projects and programs

Review the WGC’s many accomplishments, to get an overview of the ways that members’ dues contribute to the whole grains cause – and an idea of the specific projects you can be involved in from the day you join, including media opportunities and special marketing promotions.

How to Join / Sliding Scale Annual Fee

Annual membership dues are assessed on a sliding scale based on a company’s overall revenues:

  • $525 /year… if your sales are up to $500,000
  • $1,050 /year… if your sales are $500,000 to $5 million
  • $1,575 /year… if your sales are $5 to $20 million
  • $3,150 /year… if your sales are $20 to $50 million
  • $6,300 /year… if your sales are $50 to $100 million
  • $7,875 /year… if your sales are $100 to $250 million
  • $9,450 /year… if your sales are $250 to $500 million
  • $12,600 /year… if your sales are $500 million to $1 billion
  • $15,750 /year… if your sales are over $1 billion

Your dues cover use of the Whole Grain Stamp on qualifying products (and participation in so many other WGC programs and activities). Dues cover the administrative costs of running the Whole Grain Stamp program and also fund our educational outreach – allowing us to offer free services to schools and nonprofits. There are no additional per-package royalty fees associated with Stamp usage. Click on the button below, to fill out our online membership form.


If you’re an individual and would like to show your support for whole grains, simply sign up for our monthly Just Ask For Whole Grains newsletter instead.

How does it all work?

If you’d like a sneak peak into how the Stamp Program works, what information we will need about your products in order to review them, and more we strongly urge you to read through the appropriate Stamp Usage Guide(s) which you can find on our How To Use the Stamp page.

Up and Running in No Time

When you decide to join, the process can move very quickly!

  • You file a WGC Membership application at the link above.

  • We in turn send you a welcome email and invoice, usually the same day.

  • Once we receive your first year’s membership dues, we’ll ask you to sign a one-time Stamp Agreement Form, a legal document which attests that you have carefully read the appropriate Stamp Usage Guide(s) and that you’ll follow ALL rules of the Whole Grain Stamp program.

  • Once we receive your signed Stamp Agreement, you are then eligible for all benefits of the WGC, including use of the Stamp on qualifying whole grains. You can now use your password (which the Main Contact on your membership will receive automatically) to log in and file your first Product Registration Form for review.

  • All in all, things move pretty quickly. Please count on about two weeks total from the time we receive your dues to the time you can begin using the Stamp on packaging.

For More Information

Joining the Whole Grains Council is quick and easy. Why wait another day to join? We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or would like more information about membership in the Whole Grains Council, contact:

Vik Bensen
Whole Grain Stamp Program Manager
(617) 896-4810