UPDATE: March 14, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.m
It's official, y'all! If you live in the cities listed below in Indiana, New Mexico, and Kentucky, you can finally find Blue Bell Ice Cream in grocery stores. Continue reading below for the specific cities and areas that Blue Bell is now distributing to, and don't forget to tell your friends and family in those parts the great news.
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The original article and city listing follows below.
As you know by now, Blue Bell ice cream in Brenham is a Texas staple. Found in freezers across the Lone Star State, Blue Bell once distributed in many more states and cities before the ill-timed listeria outbreak. The brand bounced back in the last few years with its seasonal flavor releases, even if it did sell out of Christmas Cookies ice cream before December even began. Oh to have a taste of that sugar cookie ice cream with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl again. We digress. Now, those out-of-staters who love Blue Bell have finally be able to get their fix.
The Texas brand announced that it would be extending its list of cities for distribution in 2018, and there are some major surprises.
1. New Mexico
Hello Albuquerque, New Mexico! Blue Bell Ice Cream is landing in your city and the surrounding areas beginning March 12, 2018. And, that’s not all! Blue Bell will be making its way to even more cities next year. Keep watching our social media pages to see where we go next! For more information visit www.bluebell.com. #bluebellicecream #bluebell #icecream #albuquerque #newmexico
New Mexicans, rejoice! No longer will you have to lug Blue Bell across state lines because as of March 12, 2018, the following New Mexico cities will receive Blue Bell Creameries delicious ice cream. From Chocolate Chip to Homemade Vanilla, Blue Bell promises the return of half gallon after half gallon of fan favorites, along with new flavor releases.
As Wayne Hugo, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell said in the press release,
"It has always been our goal to return to the Albuquerque area. Blue Bell has been available in parts of southeastern New Mexico since 2016. And now, with the addition of Albuquerque and its surrounding area, we are able to offer our products to even more stores across the state. We can't thank our customers enough for their patience."
The brand will reopen the distribution facility in Alburqueque and have begun hiring for the office there. While no store locations have been released, most can expect to find it on regular store shelves.
Here are the New Mexico cities that will be served by Blue Bell.
Much like New Mexico, Kentuckians will once get their Blue Bell fix on March 12, 2018 when Blue Bell releases its delicious flavors to supermarkets in the Louisville and Lexington areas. Local grocery stores will begin to carry the famous flavors after that date, including their classic strawberry ice cream, Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla, and everyone's favorite milk chocolate ice cream with Dutch Chocolate.
The brand will also reopen the distribution facility in La Grange, and have begun hiring personnel. Wayne Hugo also spoke on the importance of returning to the Midwest and not just the Southern states, like Alabama and Georgia.
"Our fans ask us all the time when our ice cream will be back in stores. We can't thank them enough for their patience."
Blue Bell will be found in the following Kentucky cities following March 12, 2018.
Kentucky's La Grange distribution facility will also serve Indianians near the following cities, making it a great day for those Blue Bell lovers who haven't been able to find their favorite cartons on store shelves.
Distribution in Indiana will begin on March 12, 2018 like New Mexico and Kentucky. Here are the cities and general areas where you can find Blue Bell.
Blue Bell promises even more expansions in 2018, so if your city isn't on this list, don't give up hope! We're hoping to see Tennessee and the entire state of Oklahoma on the next distribution release, along with Colorado. To determine if Blue Bell is sold near you, check out their Locator.