Blue Bell Returns to Some Store Freezers on Aug. 31

Company has not said when ice cream will return to DFW market

Blue Bell Creameries is expected to have ice cream back on some Texas and Alabama store shelves Aug. 31, according to a statement released by the company Monday afternoon.

The company recalled all ice cream products and halted production earlier this summer after listeria contamination.

The ice cream company posted a video featuring Ricky Dickson Monday, the vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell, sharing the announcement. During the video, Dickson said the ice cream will be back on store shelves in a limited capacity Aug. 31.

Blue Bell will return to store shelves in 15 states through a five-phase distribution plan. Up first, ice cream produced at the company's Sylacauga, Alabama facility, will first hit store shelves in Brenham, Houston and Austin, along with Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama.

Dallas-Fort Worth and southern Oklahoma are part of the second phase of distribution and will have to wait a little while longer -- the company has not said when Phase 2 distribution will begin.

During the video Dickson is seen standing in front of freezers stocked with tubs of Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate and The Great Divide ice cream.

"Over the past several months we have been working to make our facilities even better and to ensure everything produced is safe, wholesome and the highest quality for you to enjoy," Dickson. "Our return will include parts of 15 states."

According to Blue Bell, its Alabama production facility began producing ice cream in late July. The facilities in Brenham and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma are still undergoing facility and production upgrades and are not yet producing products.

Blue Bell said you can track the progress on its website.

After months of being off the shelves, Kroger told NBC 5 they won't limit the amount of Blue Bell customers can buy.

“If a customer wants to buy six half gallons, God bless them,” said Kroger Spokesman Gary Huddleston.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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