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Recent trends and economic issues in the WIC infant formula rebate program


Author:
Oliveira, Victor J., Davis, David E., United States, Department of Agriculture., and Economic Research Service.
Source:
USDA
Year:
2006
Subject:
Infant formulas, Prices, Infant formula industry, Costs, Nutrition policy, Economic aspects, WIC Program, infant formulas, infant feeding, and economic analysis
Abstract:
Over half of all infant formula sold in the United States is purchased through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Typically, WIC State agencies obtain substantial discounts in the form of rebates from infant formula manufacturers for each can of formula purchased through the program. This analysis suggests that retail markup accounts for most of the cost to WIC of infant formula in most States. However, both it and net wholesale price have increased over time. The recent increase in these components coincides with the introduction of higher priced supplemented infant formulas. Conditions may change after the market adjusts to these new formulas.
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Series:
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 22
Collection:
USDA publications
Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/18044