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Blue Bell ice cream coming to Indianapolis

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Ice cream lovers in Indianapolis can rejoice, knowing they will soon have another brand to consider.

Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries, whose roots in the Southern United States extend back more than a century, will have its products available in nine metropolitan area Meijer stores, as well as other grocers in the state, beginning April 5.

The ice cream maker is entering the Indiana market by leasing temporary distribution space in the Park 100 industrial complex on the northwest side.

The company plans to build a permanent, 12,000-square-foot cold-storage warehouse on a 2.9-acre tract, also in Park 100. Construction should start by summer and completion is set for the fall.

Blue Bell filed with the city for property-tax abatement on the $2.1 million building. The city’s Metropolitan Development Commission approved a five-year tax abatement for the facility at 8155 Allison Ave. It ultimately would employ 24 people, including drivers and salespeople.

A few drivers already have been hired to begin delivering the ice cream to several cities in Indiana besides Indianapolis, including Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, Lafayette, Richmond and Terre Haute.

The company touts a direct-store delivery program, which means only Blue Bell employees handle products from the time they are made until they reach grocery shelves.

Blue Bell entered the Louisville area a few years ago, so progressing into Indiana is a logical next step, spokesman Bill Weiss said.

“We started in Texas, but we’ve expanded slowly and inched our way more northward,” he said. "It just sort of makes sense for us to keep going.”

Dave Kellum, a sales manager for the branch office in Louisville, is moving to Indianapolis to head Blue Bell’s local operations.

Blue Bell is the nation’s third-largest ice cream maker, and its products are sold in 19 states in the South, Southwest and Midwest. Its ice cream also is sold at all Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse restaurants.

Blue Bell was founded in 1907 as butter maker Brenham Creamery Co. Ice cream was added to the product line four years later and, in 1930, the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries, after the Texas wildflower.
 

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  • Blue Bell Ice Cream
    Will Wal-Marts in West Virginia ever start selling Blue Bell Ice Cream??!
  • When will Blue Bell come to Toledo, Ohio??
    My son is visiting us in Sarasota and every night we have had Blue Bell Ice Cream, either Millenium or Homemade Vanilla. He can't get over how good it is and wants to know when he will be able to get it in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Now in Fort Wayne Area
    Blue Bell is now available in the Fort Wayne area at all Meijer and Wal-Mart stores. Also at all Lance's New Markets too!
  • nancy
    I buy usually on a weekly bases the little cups of ice cream...At least one out of the twelve is nothing but ice. Last week we had 2 cups..is this a thing that you have had complaints with. I would just like to know the reason for this. Are they kept in the store too long? Love Blue Bell ice cream but it is frustrating when you go and open it and have to throw way....
  • Wits end
    We miss Blue Bell since we moved to Toledo Ohio from Florida. Now they have nothing even close, it's very frustrating. My brother lives in Indy so we only get it when we visit him. We are trying to find another brand that measures up, since it probably won't be in Ohio for a long time. Any ideas?
    • Blue Bell Great
      Blue Bell ice cream is fantastic. They have innovative flavors and there is no other brand that compares.
    • Bring Bly bell to Merrillville, indiana's Meijers
      Blue bell is wonderful. I'm originally an Alabama girl. I live in Merrillville, Indiana. Glad to here it's moving this way. I buy dry ice and drive back with as much as I can haul, but the cost of ice is more than the ice cream. Lafayette is closer than the 600 mile transport, but still need dry ice. Hurry to Merrillville. We have a Meijers.
    • Brenham
      I am from the home town of blue bell and I am so excited to know that you are just as excited as i am.
    • no tin roof
      not the same cows, milk, cream content as Brenham, TX
    • Blue Bell Ice Cream In Chicago
      WHEN,how long. I hope soon. Maybe Jewel's, Walmart, Save A lot, Food For Less. Any Store how long. How about that. Thanks
    • yes its the best!
      i moved to memphis from chgo and when i taste how good blue bell ice cream its way better than any up north i wuz so happy and now jack pirtle is not the only reason i move to memphis.
    • kentucky delight
      I VISITED MY BROTHER IN TEXAS AND HE TOOK ME TO THE PLANT HAD A GREAT TIME. LOVE THE ICE CREAM AND VERY HAPPY TO SEE IT'S IN INDY. I LOVE THE KENTUCKY DELIGHT ITS MY FAV, BUT CANT FIND IT I SHOP AT HARRISON VILLAGE COMMISSARY ON THE FT BEN BASE. WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND THE KENTUCKY DELIGHT FLAVOR ????
    • I miss Blue Bell
      I'm originally from the Dallas area. I wish we could get it in Illinois.
    • The Best Ice Cream In The World
      I moved to Indiana several years ago from Shreveport, Louisiana. When I heard that Meijers Stores were going to carry Blue Bell, I ran as fast as I could to get some. I raved over the ice cream to one of the store managers. I am so happy Blue Bell is in Indiana. It truly feels like home. I have missed my Blue Bell Ice Cream. I have been spreading the word that Blue Bell is the best ice cream anyone will have the pleasure of eating.
      • Help.....
        Lulu, the Meijer in Kokomo now sells Blue Bell...As does the Meijer stores in Lafayette, Marion, Muncie, Anderson, and Richmond.
      • Help.......
        Please tell me what stores in the vicinity of Kokomo,IN that carries Blue Bell. Can't find it. Southern blackberry cobbler is to die for.
        • what stores in Indianapolis
          Sherrie, Blue Bell is available at all Indianapolis Meijer stores, Indianapolis Super K Marts, some Safeway stores, and some Walgreens.
        • what stores in Indianapolis
          Does any one know what stores in Indianapolis or surrounding cities are going to carry the blue bell i have lots of 1.50 of one half gallon coupons that i want to use.
          • Welcome to Indiana!!
            Blue bell is not available in Columbus at this time. The closest store to you that has it is the Brown County IGA in Nashville.
          • western states
            My home town is Shreveport, La and I miss Blue bell ice cream. I say Blue bell is the best in the world and I have been all over the world. Is there anywhere in southern California where Blue bell is sold?
            • Coffee Icecream
              I live here in Gulfport, Mississippi and I have a hard time finding Coffee ice cream. It is sold out and not restocked properly. I usually shop at I-10 & highway 49 WalMart. Also, not stocking enough Coffee ice cream at the other stores. Please fix.
            • Coffee Icecream
              I live here in Gulfport, Mississippi and I have a hard time finding Coffee ice cream. It is sold out and not restocked properly. I usually shop at I-10 & highway 49 WalMart. Also, not stocking enough Coffee ice cream at the other stores. Please fix.
            • Welcome to Indiana!!
              Where will Blue Bell be sold in Columbus, IN?
              Love the fact that we will have our own Blue Bell site. Can't wait!!
              • WOO
                I have missed it. I am originally from Beaumont, TX.
              • Moooove over Bunny
                After many prayers and wishes finally Blue Bell has arrived on Central In. I am thrilled my friends will get tp try it ! Maybe now they'll understand. No more waiting to go to La.( please deliver lots of (Moolenium Crunch).the Billboards working!
              • Southern Hospitality
                Blue Bell is the best Ice Cream, hands down (or close to mouth, with a spoon). I am originally from Lake Charles, LA and I cannot wait to get back home to find out what new creation they've come up with. My favorite is Cookies and Cream but that Mardi Gras had me reeling over Christmas. Yay for Indy!
              • Yessss!
                Im originally from Indianapolis, but we've lived all over the country. With the exception of homemade hand cranked ice cream, Blue Bell is the best mass produced ice cream I have ever tasted. Now I just have to locate a store...
              • Woohoo!!
                This is SO exciting!! We just moved from Texas a few months ago and missed our blue bell desperately!!
              • Waiting for Blue Bell
                I moved to Indianapolis from Houston 8 ytears ago. I am so happy to get BlueBell.
              • It's About Time
                I moved to Richmond, IN from Joplin, MO last July and have missed my Blue Bell for the past 9 months. I even made a trip back and brought 9 containers back--it cost as much for dry ice as it did for the ice cream. There's no point in having any other brand-no comparison--my husband and I are experts!

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