Blue Bell Creameries is finally getting back into production and ice cream will be back on shelves by the end of the month. This is after months of complaints, videos, pleading and begging by Blue Bell customers who have evolved into something more closely resembling a cult following than angry ice cream customers.

Ice Cream Is On Its Way!

Blue Bell announced this week that the long awaited ice cream production and delivery are finally starting again. Apparently Blue Bell ice cream will be re-stocked across fifteen states over the course of five phases. The first phase of this delivery plan starts on August 31, just weeks away. The first lucky areas to get Blue Bell back in store freezers are in the Brenham, Houston and Austin areas. As it is only the plant in Alabama currently working, the areas in Birmingham and Montgomery will be getting ice cream soon as well.

“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, vice president 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 Voluntary Recall

Blue Bell broke the hearts of many of its customers when it closed factory doors and recalled all Blue Bell ice cream in April after ten different listeria illnesses, including three deaths, were linked to the Blue Bell production facilities. In the months since the closure, the plants have been thoroughly inspected and even stripped of machinery as the company fought to clean all aspects of its production and be clear with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state health officials.

Producing Ice Cream Again

Only one Blue Bell facility is currently in production. The factory in Sylacauga, Alabama began producing ice cream toward the end of July. Now as the end of August approaches, the ice cream produced in that facility has been on trucks traveling across the southern United States, which has caused a great deal of excitement as they have been spotted on highways.

Since only one factory is in production, restocking the freezer shelves will take a bit of time while Blue Bell works to bring the rest of the production facilities, including the flagship factory in Brenham, back into the business of making ice cream. The first wave in the five-phase plan will be in Houston, Brenham, Austin and parts of Alabama. The next phase will include the Dallas Area and Southern Oklahoma, followed by the San Antonio area and central Oklahoma. The final phase will be the remainder of Texas and Louisiana as well as the rest of the states where Blue Bell was previously found in stores.


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