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Blue Bell Ice Cream Will Begin Returning To Shelves Aug. 31


Last updated on August 31st, 2022 at 03:20 pm

Blue Bell Creameries will begin distributing ice cream to select markets Monday, Aug. 31. The Brenham, Texas-based company made the announcement today.

Blue Bell says it has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state health officials in Alabama and Texas of its plan to re-enter select markets on a limited basis. In April, Blue Bell recalled all of its products due to reports of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It also ceased production at all of its facilities while implementing equipment/facility cleaning and employee training procedures.

“Over the past several months we have been working to make our facilities even better, and to ensure that everything we produce is safe, wholesome and of the highest quality for you to enjoy,” said Ricky Dickson, VP of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “This is an exciting time for us as we are back to doing what we love—making ice cream.”

The Blue Bell production facility in Sylacauga, Alabama, began producing ice cream in late July. Additional production facilities in Brenham, Texas, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, are still undergoing facility and production process upgrades similar to those made at the Alabama plant.

Due to the limited production capacity while producing in one facility, Blue Bell says it will re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases. The first of the five phases will be similar to how Blue Bell began and include the Brenham, Houston and Austin, Texas, areas, as well as parts of Alabama, (Birmingham and Montgomery) where the product is being made. The next phases include:

• Phase 2: North Central Texas and southern Oklahoma

• Phase 3: Southwest Texas and Central Oklahoma

•  Phase 4: The majority of Texas and southern Louisiana.

• Phase 5: Complete  the states of Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas and begin distribution in Arkansas, Florida, northern Louisiana and Mississippi. This phase also will include only parts of the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Blue Bell says it will move on to each phase based on product availability and when it can properly service the customers in an area. With the exception of phase 1, no other dates have been determined for when each expansion will take place.

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