Least Expensive Brand (LEB) – Vendors must declare and sell their least expensive brand (LEB) for each type and size of WIC authorized milk, fluid and frozen juice, cheese and whole wheat/grain bread. At least 85% of an outlet’s WIC monthly redemptions within these food types (category/subcategories) must be the vendor’s declared LEB.
The WIC Least Expensive Brand (LEB) Policy
LEB Food Categories
Vendors must declare their LEB for the following WIC approved food categories:
- Milk (Whole Milk, Low Fat, Fat Free, & Buttermilk)
- Cheese (1lb, 2lb, & String)
- Juice (Fluid & Frozen)
- Grains (Whole Wheat Bread)
LEB Declaration Form
If you are a new vendor account or adding a new vendor outlet to an existing vendor account and need to declare an LEB, complete the WIC Least Expensive Brand Declaration Form (Fillable PDF).
Vendors must declare a minimum of the following products:
- One type of ½ gallon milk
- One type of quart milk
- One type of cheese
- Two different sizes and flavors of juice
- Two types of whole grains with one being 16 oz. whole-wheat bread
Email completed forms to WICLEB@hhs.texas.gov or fax to 512-341-4422.
LEB Change Request Form
For changes to declared LEB items, vendors must submit an LEB Change Request Form for approval. Note, if all vendor outlets within one vendor account use the same declared LEB for a food category, then only complete one LEB Change Request Form. If each vendor outlet within one vendor account has different declared LEBs for a food category, then each vendor outlet must complete its own LEB Change Request Form.
Email completed forms to WICLEB@hhs.texas.gov or fax to 512-341-4422
LEB Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I need to declare an LEB for the first time? Which form do I use?
Answer: Complete the LEB Declaration Form.
Question: I need to change a declared LEB. Which form do I use?
Answer: Complete the LEB Declaration Change Request Form.
Question: I cannot find the correct UPC for my LEB. Where can I find it?
Answer: See the Authorized Product List (APL) webpage for a list of WIC approved foods and their UPC.
Question: My universal product code (UPC) is not on the Authorized Product List (APL), how do I get it approved?
Answer: See the UPC webpage for instructions on adding a UPC to the APL.
Question: I received a violation letter and have some questions, who do I contact?
Answer: Please email questions to WICCostContainment@hhs.texas.gov.
WIC Approved Foods Labeling
WIC Label Ordering/Printing
Vendors may order labels using the online Vendor Materials Request Form or by downloading the templates provided here. All downloadable WIC labels must be printed in the approved colors. No exceptions.
WIC LEB Foods Labeling
A WIC authorized vendors’ declared LEBs must be labeled with the state issued WIC Approved Item pink label. However, if a vendor chooses to use their own pink LEB label, the vendor must receive state approval. See Texas WIC Policy WV: 2.0 for instructions.
WIC LEB Label
Downloadable WIC LEB Label Templates
- Example 1 – WIC Approved Item pink label (PDF) (Size: Avery 5161)
- Example 2 – Fillable pink "WIC Approved Item" stickers (PDF) (Size: Avery 5160)
WIC Non-LEB Food Labeling
WIC authorized vendors may label non-LEB food categories with the white Texas WIC label. Labeling non-LEB items is not required. However, vendors may use the white Texas WIC label on one or more items within each non-LEB food category to help guide WIC participants to WIC approved foods.
However, if vendors label non-LEB items with the WIC Approved Item pink label, then all WIC approved items within the same food category must be labeled.
WIC Non-LEB Foods Label
Downloadable WIC Non-LEB Label Templates (Size: Avery 5160)
Contact WIC LEB
For LEB-related questions please call 1-800-252-9629 or email WICLEB@hhs.texas.gov.