BY MATT ALPERT
Blue Bell ice cream will return to select Texas grocery stores at the end of this month.
On Monday, the company announced they will begin redistributing Blue Bell to select markets on Aug. 31.
The company recalled its products and halted production after Listeria, a deadly bacteria, was discovered in their ice cream earlier this year.
“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 in a statement.
In July, the Blue Bell plant in Sylacauga, Ala. returned to production after being cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The Texas plant in Brenham is still not operational.
Blue Bell is rolling out the ice cream in five phases. The first markets to receive Blue Bell are Brenham Houston and Austin. The following are the next markets in order.
- 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 the states of Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas and begin distribution in Arkansas, Florida, northern Louisiana and Mississippi. This phase will also include only parts of the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
We only know the dates for phase one so far.