Sweet-toothed southerners will no longer have to go without their favorite ice cream. Earlier this week, Blue Bell Creameries announced they are currently completing their final phase of redistribution across the South. Over the next two weeks, residents of many major cities in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas will once again find Blue Bell products on their grocery stores' shelves.
"We are excited for the new year and to begin distributing ice cream to areas in our bonus phase today," said Ricky Dickson, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. "Our personnel will be in stores throughout the week filling freezers and restocking as needed."
This delivery expansion comes at a time of uncertainty for the Texas-based company. Last week, the company sent an email explaining their new plant cleaning strategies and testing procedures. The recent rollout comes as the company continues to fight a public relations fallout. An ambiguously worded press release last week said the company had identified "locations where suspected Listeria species may be present in our facility," which was reported here on Wide Open Country and elsewhere.
Blue Bell followed that announcement up with a second press release, which declared their products safe for public consumption.
"We have tested and will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced," the company said in a press release. "No products produced have tested positive. No products are shipped to stores until tests confirm they are safe. We will continue to work closely with our regulatory agencies, as we have throughout this process."
For a full list of cities that are currently receiving shipments of Blue Bell products, visit their website.