Blue Bell Ice Cream Back In Some Stores

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Back In Some Stores.

WILLIS (CBSDFW.COM) – Blue Bell Ice Cream returned to parts of Texas on Monday. More than 300 layoffs this spring from Blue Bell Creameries’ main plant in Brenham contributed to a one-two punch that was expected to catapult the region’s unemployment rate to more than 7 percent.

While people in the DFW area have to wait at least a couple more weeks to start serving up scoops of the tasty treat, residents around Houston got out of bed early to welcome back a Lone Star State favorite. The San Antonio-based chain, Austin’s dominant grocer, will permit every shopper to buy not more than 4 Blue Bell merchandise “to make sure extra clients can obtain this Texas favourite.” H-E-B didn’t say how lengthy the bounds might be in place.

On Monday, Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, is expected to announce a major grant to help strengthen workforce training and stimulate job creation in Brenham, the company’s hometown. Within the Austin space, Randalls, Walgreens and Walmart are among the many different chains which have stated they are going to be carrying Blue Bell.

Department of Commerce, said the Brenham grant is the largest of nine economic development grants given out in Texas during the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Initially, on account of restricted manufacturing capability, solely 4 flavors can be obtainable: Selfmade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies ’n Cream and Nice Divide, which is half Do-it-yourself Vanilla and half Dutch Chocolate.

The Sylacauga plant started production again in July. “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!” Phase One 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. This phase will also include only parts of the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Texas ice cream brand shut down production and recalled all its products in April, after the discovery of the potentially deadly bacteria Listeria in Blue Bell product. The region has an average population of about 34,000, according to census data, including about 21,000 residents between the working ages of 16 and 65. “While an average of about 16,000 residents in the region are between the ages of 25 and 64, only 25 percent of those have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher,” the application said. “Of that same group of 16,000, 16 percent have less than a high school credential, 29 percent have a high school diploma or GED, and 30 percent have some college or an associate’s degree. “That equates to 75 percent of the region’s population without a bachelor’s degree,” the application said. “Workforce skills training is a necessity in the region given the demographics.

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