Ice Cream Maker Blue Bell Creameries to Cut Jobs, Salaries

Blue Bell Creameries said it would lay off about 750 full-time and 700 part-time employees, nearly a month after the ice cream maker voluntarily recalled all its products and stopped production due to bacterial contamination. The cuts will affect about 37 percent of the Brenham, Texas-based company's total workforce of 3,900, a decision Chief Executive Paul Kruse described as an "agonizing" and "incredibly tough" in a video posted on the company's website on Friday. Blue Bell also said it would furlough about 1,400 employees, cut salaries and suspend operations at some distribution centers.