Our values sit at the heart of our business and what we want TransCold to stand for:
Our founder, John Coughlan, emigrated from Ireland where he had operated a small grocery store. He began in the ice cream industry with 8 bikes in a Dickie Dee franchise in southern Ottawa.
John launched a new business, “The Ice Cream Man”, to distribute wholesale ice cream to a large territory centring around Kingston, ON. He continued his Dickie Dee franchise and expanded to 25 bikes after moving to Kingston the previous year.
John moved to British Columbia to join Unilever as District Manager. His family continued to run their Ontario business while John built their network in BC.
On December 1st, 2002, TransCold Distribution Ltd was founded by John Coughlan to become Western Canada’s Master Distributor of frozen goods for Unilever Canada.
Our first frozen warehouse was built in Delta, BC! Construction was finished in January.
We expanded our logistical network into Alberta through acquisition of a Southern Alberta distributor in February 2007.
Our first international location was Kent, WA. We began serving Washington State and Oregon in November of 2007.
TransCold acquired Bendick’s Ice Cream Factory, the manufacturer of Sara’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cakes and white label products. Sara’s can be found in multiple national grocery stores.
Island Farms joined our product portfolio in August. They were the first of a massive product expansion we have continued ever since and now have over 40 brands available.
TransCold Distribution® Inc opened our 1st Southern California warehouse in Chino, beginning with 7 routes in December. Our 2nd location followed just a few months later in San Diego and our 3rd in Palm Springs 18 months later.
Melissa Leung was appointed President of TransCold Distribution in December, having been with TCD since our inception, and prior to that, Unilever. In her former role as Vice President, we experienced tremendous sales and operations growth.
Our American business grew enough to demand a new role of General Manager, filled by our seasoned Director of Operations, Henry Heatherly. Our management structure was reformatted to focus more time on the needs of our customers.
Our department leaders are supported by a team of over 250 incredible people who are constantly innovating and driving us to be better every day! Combined, we have a deep understanding of frozen sales, distribution, logistics and customer service with many years of experience.
Founder & CEO
Director of Human Resources
Director of IT
Director of Finance
General Manager, USA
Director of Sales, USA
Senior Operations Manager, Canada
Director of Supply Chain, Canada
Marketing & Communications Manager