Emergent Cold, Dallas, Texas, acquired New Orleans-based New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS). The acquisition marks Emergent’s entry into the United States and lays the foundation to build out a comprehensive network of regional distribution and import/export port facilities across North America.

Operating from four key port facilities on the Southeast seaboard and Gulf of Mexico, NOCS offers a one-stop export process, including transportation to the port, blast freezing and warehousing, certification and documentation, and stevedoring. 

Upon completion of the acquisition, NOCS will continue to be led by Mark Blanchard, chief executive officer, and the current management team. Emergent Cold will leverage the long-term relationships and service provided by NOCS to build out a complete North American network. 

“Through this transaction, our 133-year-old company will enter into an exciting new chapter,” adds Blanchard. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our associates as well as our customers. We hope to bring the level of customer service and customer relationships, which NOCS is known for to many more locations throughout North America, and to support our existing customers with the same services globally.”

“We are ecstatic to enter North America with this investment in NOCS,” says Neal Rider, chief executive officer of Emergent Cold. “NOCS perfectly fits our objective of serving global customers with the highest quality of service and care. We will work with Mark and his team to grow the NOCS network of cold stores and services to be an even more valuable partner to both NOCS customers globally and Emergent’s global customers into North America.”