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TransCold Distribution Ltd. & Inc.
TransCold Distribution is the premier wholesale supplier and distributor of ice cream, frozen, and dry foods throughout the West Coast of North America.

As a Unilever Master Distributor, TransCold provides exclusive access to the most recognized and popular ice cream brands and frozen goods in the world: Good Humor, Breyers, Magnum, Klondike, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle and many more. From national grocers, to local convenient stores, to corporate events and everything in between TransCold offers quality, consistent service & the best product variety around!

TransCold Distribution also offers a variety of storage and warehousing consolidation services at our first class facilities for both frozen and dry goods with multiple locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State, Oregon, & Southern California TransCold Distribution has the logistical reach to supply all regions across the West Coast of North America.

A lot successful people in the world of business will tell you they grew from small beginnings.  John Coughlan, CEO of TransCold Distribution Ltd and Inc. is no exception to the rule. John loves ice cream, plain and simple. His history with the cold stuff goes back many years, but it all started after he moved to Canada from Limerick, Ireland in 1982.

He settled with his family in southern Ottawa where he acquired a Dickie Dee Ice Cream vending franchise, starting with only 8 ice cream tricycles.  Seeing the friendly ice cream tricycles putting smiles on the faces of kids on a hot summer day was one of the things John loved most about the business.

In 1987 John Coughlan transferred his business from Ottawa to Kingston and grew from 8 ice cream bicycles to 25.  He was quickly becoming one of the largest mobile vending bike operators in central Canada.

Years later, John served with excellence as the Distribution Manager for Western Canada for Unilever. In 2002, when Unilever made the decision to contract its distribution services, they turned to John to handle distribution for Western Canada, forming TransCold Distribution.

Since forming TransCold Distribution, John has not stood still. Rapidly expanding throughout Western Canada and into the United States, John has kept TransCold moving onwards and upwards. Since launching in 2002, TransCold has grown by over fifteen hundred percent.

Since 2002, TransCold Distribution has developed into one of the premier wholesalers and suppliers in the ice cream and frozen goods industry with rapid expansion throughout Western Canada. The Lower Mainland of BC, Vancouver Island, Calgary and Edmonton has all seen new TransCold Distribution facilities established over the years.

TransCold Distribution expanded its operations over the border and into the United States in 2007 setting up multiple TCD locations in Washington State and Oregon. The broadened international distribution network has allowed TransCold’s product offerings to grow while also seamlessly integrating the best of both countries’ ice cream industries. In December of 2015 John obtained the master distribution rights for the Southern California region which resulted to the addition of two depots in Chino and National City, CA.


Our Core Values

After 30 years in the business, I’ve come to understand the needs of my customers better than most out there. Our mission here at TransCold is pretty simple, to continue to be leaders in frozen food distribution across North America. We do this by placing a considerable amount of importance on forging strong supplier partnerships as well as long lasting relationships with our customers. Large or small, local or national, we pride ourselves in building trust and reliability in each and every one of our customers.

John Coughlan


Executive Team

Founder & CEO

John Coughlan


Melissa Leung


Curtis Wright


Lindya Tjondrosetio


Teri Hanson

Managing Director of Human Resources

Emelda Thompson

Senior Sales Team

Senior Sales Manager

John Garrison


Senior Sales Manager

Michael Cadrin