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Blue Bell returning to Albuquerque area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Blue Bell Creameries announced Wednesday  it will expand distribution to the Albuquerque area in March.

“It has always been our goal to return to the Albuquerque area,” Wayne Hugo, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell, said in a news release. “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 company said has begun hiring for its distribution facility in Albuquerque.

The company curtailed production and distribution in 2015 after its products were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. Production plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama underwent an extensive cleaning and decontamination process.