[20] By comparison, each of Blue Bell's top four competitors sells its products in 100% of the United States. Do you really "eat all you can and sell the rest"? We're no farther west than Colorado as far as I know. [27] Although the company at one time made Cookies 'n Cream from Nabisco's Oreo cookies, buying ordinary retail packages, today it bakes its own cookies.

And yes it is, kind of. We’ve been waiting for it to come back!

[33] As a result, on the evening of April 20, 2015 the company took precautionary measures and expanded its recall to cover all of its products—a recall of over eight million gallons, to be disposed of in a sanitary landfill.

After I dug my ice cream shovel (yes shovel, not scoop) into Rocky Mountain Road, I was pleasant surprised. [41] The affected distribution centers included: The recalls were so severe that they threatened to shut down the company; executives warned shareholders that they faced a "capital crisis. [9], According to figures gathered by Statista, a market data and statistics portal, while combined private labels sold more, in 2014 Blue Bell was the best-selling ice cream brand in the United States. It’s smooth and not overly sweet. I have several family members and friends who work there. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. [22] People living outside the sales area can have the ice cream shipped to them (although this has temporarily been halted while the company is ramping up production after the recalls), and former President George W. Bush (a former Governor of Texas) often had the ice cream shipped to Camp David during his administration. (2020). These facilities employed a combined 2,800 employees, with 850 of the employees working out of Brenham. But the description of Blue Bell's Rocky Mountain Road piqued my interest, since it seems to offer more than the basics. [54], "Department of Justice investigating Blue Bell Listeria outbreak", List of dairy product companies in the United States. Have no marshmallow fear, Rocky Mountain Road is definitely worth a taste. In 1992, Blue Bell built a new manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. [39] 1,450 (or 37 percent) of the company's employees would be laid off, while another 1,400 employees were furloughed until cleanup/repair operations concluded, and the remaining 1,050 involved in essential operations and cleanup/repair operations had wage reductions imposed on them.[40]. In July 2019, The Blue Bell Creameries went viral after a teenage female licked one of their ice cream tubs at a Walmart in Texas, then placed it back in the freezer; she was later arrested. Press J to jump to the feed. [34][35], At the same time, the company shut down production and commenced cleanup and repair operations at its manufacturing facilities.

[5] Since 1919, it has been in the hands of the Kruse family.

We're slowly expanding. [42] Around the same time, Blue Bell's plant in Sylacauga, Alabama resumed production, creating test batches as part of a "test and hold" procedure in which ice cream is not packaged for sale until the batch tests negative for all strains of bacteria including the strain of listeria responsible for the aforementioned recalls. The environment is relaxed, we just ask that you have fun! Phase 2 began in November, 2015. I'm not the biggest fan of Rocky Road ice cream, as the traditional combination of a chocolate base, chopped walnuts, and marshmallows comes off as a bit too basic for my mix-ins craving palate. [23] In 2006 and 2012, astronauts aboard the International Space Station were also treated to Blue Bell ice cream "to help out (the crew's) happiness quotient. The return of Blue Bell will be even sweeter with the re-release of Rocky Mountain Road Ice Cream, which was introduced in 2011 in honor of Colorado and its Rocky Mountain scenery.

Blue Bell Ice Cream – Rocky Mountain Road Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4. That same year, in 1936, the company purchased its first continuous ice cream freezer, which could make 80 US gallons (300 L) of ice cream per hour. [7], By 1919, the Creamery was in financial trouble and considered closing its doors. Phase 2: North central Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth) and northern Oklahoma including Tulsa (near the company's Broken Arrow facility). Overall, this area comprises only 20% of the United States. Which means I help provide ice cream to the guys who bring it to the stores so you guys can buy it!

Get full nutrition facts for other Blue Bell products and all your other favorite brands. [16], Blue Bell retains control over all aspects of its business, primarily to ensure quality control and the use of the freshest ingredients available. To become one of the three biggest ice cream manufacturers, Blue Bell has consistently been the top seller in the majority of the markets the company has entered. [15] These incidents resulted with severe negative reactions that violating food in such a manner is dangerous to the public health, along with criticisms that no action is taken to punish any offenders and Blue Bell for not protecting their ice cream with a plastic seal. [26], Blue Bell introduced its flagship flavor, Homemade Vanilla, in 1969[5] and was the first company to mass-produce the flavor Cookies 'n Cream.

Well as I mentioned we are opening a branch in Virginia, other than that I'm not really sure if we have any other planned expansions. By William Kristoph. Which branch are you at?

[14] After the incident, multiple copycats were committed, and some were jailed. My absolute favorite flavor is peanut butter cup, which has, sadly, been discontinued for quite a few years. We're constantly expanding! [17][18] Drivers of delivery vehicles personally stock store shelves so they can ensure it is handled properly. Blue Bell Ice Cream Rocky Road at Walgreens. For example, when it entered Colorado on March 14, 2011, Blue Bell introduced a new flavor exclusive to Colorado, Rocky Mountain Road, made with more premium ingredients (including chocolate-covered nuts and a marshmallow swirl) compared to its year-round Rocky Road. Occasionally, when Blue Bell enters a market the company marks the occasion with the introduction of a regional flavor within that market. On March 6, 2017, Blue Bell reopened the three distribution centers located in Tucson (1), and Phoenix (2) to complete distribution across the state of Arizona. Of these, 66 are flavors of ice cream. This is rocky road ice cream at the next level and it’s fantastic.

Because it's made with love! The day following its initial rollout, September 1, Blue Bell resumed production at its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma facility.

And a tie between Happy Tracks and Red Velvet Cake for third. After many years of selling ice cream only in Brenham, the company began selling its ice cream in the Houston area, eventually expanding throughout most of Texas including the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and the state capital of Austin. This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 15:26. A month later phases 3 and 4 began. [5][7], Until 1936, the creamery made ice cream by the batch. In 1911, the creamery began to produce small quantities of ice cream. I do get a discount! It could create a 10-US-gallon (38 L) batch of ice cream every 20 minutes. Once Blue Bell establishes itself within a market, word-of-mouth usually ensures that consumers in adjacent areas become aware of the brand.

If you are looking for Blue Bell in your area, check the locator Blue Bell Locator. The Hal Herrin Estate graciously donated the 18 acre Bell Mountain Summit to Towns County and on February 18, 2016 was formally named Bell Mountain Park and Historical Site and the observation deck erected was named and dedicated as the Hal Herrin Scenic Overlook.

It was founded in 1907 in Brenham, Texas.

Blue Bell has been slow to expand: company executives say they thoroughly research each new market and ensure that all employees in the new markets are fully trained in Blue Bell practices so that product quality can be upheld. [11] The Kruses claim "the milk we use is so fresh it was grass only yesterday. [44], On January 28, 2016, the company resumed distribution to large portions of the Southeastern US.[45]. For much of its early history, the company manufactured both ice cream and butter locally. Rocky Mountain Road is my second favorite.

Phase 3: Southwest Texas (San Antonio) and central Oklahoma including Oklahoma City. Luckily I get the ice cream at least once a year now since my parents moved back to Texas. Blue Bell Ice Cream is beginning the year with the release of Rocky Mountain Road Ice Cream, a flavor previously available only in Colorado. [11] Blue Bell often tends to expand to markets during March each year, expanding to Colorado on March 14, 2011, followed by the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia in 2013, and Las Vegas in 2014. ... Blue Bell - Ice Cream Factory Tour - Duration: 2:30. [6], The company has its roots in the Brenham Creamery Company, which opened in 1907 to purchase excess cream from local dairy farmers and sell butter to people in Brenham, Texas, a town situated approximately 70 miles northwest of Houston. His sons Ed and Howard took over leadership of the company. The board of directors hired E.F. Kruse, a 23-year-old former schoolteacher, to take over the company on April 1, 1919. Topics may involve anything from ordinary to extraordinary subject matter. I so miss Blue Bell ice cream... used to live in Texas 8 years ago. In addition, due to limited supply and distribution capabilities expected in the near term, Blue Bell announced it would suspend operations at 15 of its over 50 distribution centers indefinitely, though it has not ruled out returning to these markets eventually. [32], Despite a series of subsequent recalls, and the temporary shutdown of its Broken Arrow plant, "an enhanced sampling program" launched by Blue Bell produced "several positive tests for Listeria in different places and plants", including three further cases in Texas. Because that sounds amazing. of Justice investigating Blue Bell for deadly Listeria outbreak", "DOJ Investigating Blue Bell Creameries Response to Listeria Contamination", "US Department of Justice probes into Blue Bell's Lysteria outbreak", "Justice Department investigates Blue Bell Creameries over listeria response", "Why would the Justice Department be investigating Blue Bell now? Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions. Phase 1 began on August 31, 2015. how hard is it to not eat ice cream all the time? And yes it is, kind of. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts.

It's nearing gelato levels of fantastic. I’m not a huge fan of regular rocky road ice cream, but Blue Bell’s premium version containing, “A rich, dark chocolate ice cream combined with dark chocolate-coated peanuts, milk chocolate-coated pecans, white chocolate-coated almonds, and roasted walnuts, all surrounded by a flavorful marshmallow sauce swirl” sounded too good to pass up. What are your favorite flavors?

Brown Rim means more expensive ingredients such as nuts or fruit are used. [5] Four years later, in 1996, Blue Bell opened a third manufacturing facility opened in Sylacauga, Alabama, east of Birmingham, and eventually expanded into Atlanta and Miami. 50% off! Loading... Unsubscribe from Family Food Dude? Get free shipping at $35 and view promotions and reviews for Blue Bell Ice Cream Rocky Road Blue Bell. We have a special employee box that we get to choose what goes inside, so that makes it even harder!! Marshmallow sauce was a complimentary ingredient, not a dominant one.

By the end of the 1970s, sales had quadrupled, and by 1980 the creamery was producing over 10 million gallons (37,850,000 liters) of ice cream per year, earning $30 million annually.[10]. As of 2015, Blue Bell is the number two selling ice cream manufacturer in the United States.

All production and packaging takes place within Blue Bell facilities, which are able to produce over 100 pints per minute. In March 2019, the company resumed distribution to much of the Virginia area,[46] northeastern North Carolina & greater Kansas City.