Blue Bell ice cream delivery is available to anyone in the United States. After struggling from Listeria contamination and a massive recall, the company recently announced a service to bring ice cream straight to your door.
This is welcome news to Blue Bell ice cream customers in the wake of its recent problems. Due to the Listeria contamination earlier this year, they had to stop production and pull product off of store shelves. The voluntary recall affected four states and temporarily closed manufacturing plants in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
And customers were anxiously waiting for it. During the phase one rollout, stores were selling out in a matter of minutes, and many had to limit purchases to four tubs each.
Blue Bell's vice president of sales and marketing, Ricky Dickson, is pleased with the recovery.
"We have experienced tremendous consumer response and support since our return to stores on Aug. 31. We are working as hard as we can to keep stores in Phase 1 stocked without jeopardizing the new quality and safety procedures we have implemented to ensure our products are safe and of the highest quality."Some customers are still waiting to get their fix, however. Phase two of the re-introduction starts today, which includes surrounding areas of Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A Texas-size devotee may be asking for a Blue Bell delivery, as well. In a story from USA Today, Texas billionaire Sid Bass lent the company $125 million to help with the company cleanup efforts and recovery. Once the loan matures in 2018, he may wind up owning about one-third of the company.
Get the Scoop on Blue Bell Ice Cream DeliveryNow, however, customers do not need to go to the store to get ice cream. They can now request Bell Blue ice cream delivery to their door simply by calling the company. The service costs $129, and the customer receives four half gallons sealed in a Styrofoam cooler packed with dry ice.
The company is only shipping five flavors right now, which include Buttered Pecan, Cookies 'n' Cream, Dutch Chocolate, and Homemade Vanilla. Also available is Blue Bell's The Great Divide, which is half chocolate and half vanilla.Prior to the ice cream delivery service, Blue Bell was only available to customers in 23 states. The company ranks No. 3 in sales behind Dreyers'/Edy's and Breyers despite being only in a third of supermarkets. Now, anyone in the U.S., even Alaska, can experience the taste of the wildly popular ice cream.
The company has over 100 years of history. In 1907, Blue Bell Creameries opened in Brenham, Texas. The company dedicated most of its years to the manufacture of butter and ice cream. To keep up with demand, butter production was eventually abandoned, and the manufacture of ice cream was expanded. Headquartered at the "Little Creamery," the company continued to grow and expand facilities throughout Texas and several other southern states.
How to Order Blue Bell Ice CreamAccording to Blue Bell's website, ice cream is shipped via UPS and will arrive at your door the next day if ordered by 2 p.m. Customers can place an order by telephone, yet Blue Bell only ships on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Since problems can happen with shipping, the company is not guaranteeing next day delivery, however.
Even though some may perceive the price somewhat high, Blue Bell is expecting ice cream delivery to be extremely popular with a heavy volume of orders. Due to the expected number of calls, they will only fill a limited number of orders per day and shipments will be handled on a "first come, first served basis."
Now, anyone in the U.S. can satisfy an ice cream craving without leaving home. Blue Bell ice cream delivery is now available to cure your hunger as long as you can wait at least one day.
Now, many are wondering if shipping ice cream will become widespread and other companies will do the same. Would you pay $129 for Blue Bell to get ice cream shipped to your home?
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