Blue Bell has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The company has not said when sales will resume.
Blue Bell has begun evaluating its enhanced production processes.
Temperatures are rising and many people have been standing by, with bowl and spoon in hand, waiting for Blue Bell Creameries to resume production. Well, the wait is going to go on for a while longer.
Blue Bell’s CEO told shareholders that billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the company to remain in business.
Blue Bell Creameries announced on Tuesday that Texas business investor Sid Bass has become an investor and partner with the company.
Once the company is ready to resume production, the voluntary agreement also calls for a trial production period before ice cream is distributed to consumers.
A former Houston resident said that he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating Blue Bell ice cream. Now, he is suing the Texas company for negligence.
Thousands of layoffs and furloughs are impacting people who work at Blue Bell distribution centers in North Texas.
Ever since Blue Bell’s total recall last week, it’s been ‘churn and burn’ at Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream in Plano.
Major recalls from two ice cream companies due to listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple manufacturing plants.
Blue Bell Creameries says it’s going to start new, intensive cleaning and training procedures at all four of its plants, including the two in its hometown of Brenham, Texas.
The company says it is making a few flavors of ice cream, but won’t ship them out for sale for at least two to three weeks, until test results show they are safe.