Limited distribution of Blue Bell ice cream begins Aug. 31
BRENHAM, TX - Blue Bell Creameries announced Monday that distribution of its much missed ice cream will return to southern store shelves in phases beginning on Monday, Aug. 31.
Southern Louisiana falls into "Phase Four" of the reintroduction scheme that aims to bring the frozen treat back to stores in 15 states. The plan is necessary due to the limited production capabilities of a single facility trying to meet demand.
The entire listing of phases beyond the first went like this in the announcement:
Phase Two: North central Texas and southern Oklahoma
Phase Three: Southwest Texas and central Oklahoma
Phase Four: The majority of Texas and southern Louisiana
Phase Five: Complete Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas and begin distribution in Arkansas, Florida, northern Louisiana and Mississippi. This phase also will include only parts of Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
"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!"
Blue Bell said it will move through the phases based on product availability and when it can properly service the customers in each area. While distribution is resuming in Phase One areas of Texas and Alabama, the company has not determined dates for when each expansion will take place.
Blue Bell ice cream has been absent from store shelves since April when a national recall was issued after the company's ice cream was linked to 10 cases of listeria illness in four states and three deaths in Kansas. Blue Bell took to Twitter Monday to share the news:
We have some very exciting news to share! https://t.co/pUMMPJvfHi— Blue Bell Ice Cream (@ILoveBlueBell) August 17, 2015
To keep track of where you can obtain your Creole Cream Cheese fix, check out the Store Locator on Blue Bell's website.