HOUSTON – Let’s all scream for ice cream as Blue Bell will make a return to shelves in Houston grocery stores beginning August 31. The company has been unable to sell its ice cream after a listeria outbreak earlier this year forced Blue Bell Creameries to stop production.
The company recently began production at their Alabama plant and are waiting for federal approval before resuming production in Brenham, Texas and in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Since not all of their plants are producing ice cream, the company announced a five phase plan on distribution and luckily the Bayou City is in phase one along with Austin.
Phase two will consist of north central Texas and southern Oklahoma. Phase three will cover southwest Texas and central Oklahoma. Phase four will cover the majority of Texas and southern Louisiana. Phase five will consist of all of Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and also start distribution to the states of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Blue Bell 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.
“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!”