It’s back! Blue Bell returns to some Texas, Ala. stores

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Blue Bell Ice Cream Back In Some Stores.

With crowds anticipated Monday, the primary day Blue Bell ice cream shall be again on retailer cabinets after a four-month hiatus, H-E-B has introduced it’ll briefly restrict what number of merchandise every individual can buy.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. Blue Bell Creameries started distributing ice cream to select stores in Texas and Alabama on Monday nearly five months after halting production because of listeria concerns. 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. The first phase of distribution includes stores Brenham, Houston and Austin, as well as Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., where the ice cream is being made. 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 creamery had been voluntarily sharing test results with the Alabama Department of Public Health and all tests came back negative for listeria contamination. 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.

Loyal customers of the Texas brand are ready to give Blue Bell another chance. “I think they’re real careful, and they’re careful before,” said shopper Sharon Hibbard. “It’s one of those things that happens. At that time, the company said production facilities in Brenham and Oklahoma were undergoing “process upgrades similar to those made at the Alabama plant.” Phase Five: Complete Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas and begin distribution in Arkansas, Florida, northern Louisiana and Mississippi. And I said, Blue Bell never comes back, I’ll never eat ice cream again,” added loyal fan Alice Ross. “I’m not joking.” Ice cream fans are not the only ones who are excited about Blue Bell’s return. 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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