Blue Bell Returns to Shelves Monday; Ice Cream Lovers Ready For Return

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Blue Bell Begins Return to Store Shelves Today.

Kroger says it’s been planning for the return of Blue Bell ice cream in Willis for the last few weeks. 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.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”.

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. In a Blue Bell press release, Ricky Dickson, vice president of sales and marketing, said the company has been working to ensure the Blue Bell customers know and love will remain safe to eat. “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,” Dickson said in the press release. 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.

Walmart and Target could not confirm if there would be a limit per customer at this time. “Ever since Blue Bell vanished, I stopped eating ice cream,” Billa said. “Now that it’s back, I’m going to buy two half gallons and eat it all. 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. Political science freshman Eva Cozart said she hasn’t missed the company’s frozen treats. “I’ll probably get ridiculed for this, but I’ve been indifferent to the whole situation,” Cozart said. “I’ve always found Blue Bell to be sub-par ice cream.

It’s not creamy enough — too much air in it.” According to Blue Bell’s official website, there will be a five-phase plan to reintegrate its ice cream back into full production. That product, which will be distributed to about 1,000 stores, is being made at the company’s plant in Alabama, which has the approval from that state’s health officials to resume production. 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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