Alan Payne is celebrating 33 years with the Bue Bell Ice Cream Co.  He has 10 years of service in Arizona.  The company was founded in 1907 in Texas and originally made fudge.  Some employees started making ice cream for themselves and it was so good that it rapidly became the main product line of the company.  He attributes the ad line "We Eat All We Can and Sell the Rest" to this fact.  The company is privately held and has never laid off an employee during downturns in business cycles.  
Blue Bell has 59 branches in 23 states. There are three in Arizona - East Phoenix (Apache Junction), West Phoenix and Tucson.  They are the #3 ice cream seller in the US (Dreyers and Bryers sell more).  They sell to Frys, Albertsons, Bashas, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, school districts, etc.
 
The favorite flavor is Old-Fashioned Vanilla followed closely by Cookies and Cream.  They rotate new flavors in for a 3-month window.  There have been some strange ones - Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cantaloupe and Caramel Kettle Corn were three he mentioned.  The flavors are suggested by employees of the company. 
 
Alan brought along dixie-cup size samples of Old-Fashioned Vanilla for us to enjoy and a $1 off coupon for Blue Bell.  Thanks Alan - we always like to have Blue Bell come and see us.