Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla will be first flavor to return to stores

Blue Bell ice cream on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kansas in April 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Blue Bell announces its Homemade Vanilla will be first flavor to return to stores next week.



The ice cream will be sold in limited markets, including Houston, on Monday, August 31.

The ice cream that will make it to retail shelves is being produced at Blue Bell's Alabama facility. The Brenham Creamery remains closed to production. No word yet on when it will be cleared to resume making ice cream. Product imported from Alabama is being kept at the company's five distribution centers in the Houston area. A plant in Oklahoma remains closed as well.

A company spokesperson says the product will be on the retail shelves where it was sold in the past.

Production for now remains limited, so the flavor selection will be smaller, until other facilities reopen.

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