Fortune International, LLC announced the acquisition of Neesvig’s, Inc., which also operates Empire Fish, a Wauwatosa, Wis.-based retail store and a state-of-the-art fulfillment operation in DeForest, Wis.
Already one of the nation’s largest seafood and specialty food processors and distributors, this acquisition further expands Fortune International’s Fortune Fish & Gourmet brand with its first designated meat processing facility. The addition of Neesvig’s positions Fortune Fish & Gourmet to better service the upper Midwest with expanded distribution capabilities, and the rest of the nation with a state-of-the-art fulfillment operation specializing in direct-to-consumer e-commerce fulfillment services.
The processing and distribution facility will be enhanced with the conversion to Fortune’s state-of-the-art ERP, inventory management, and routing software. Neesvig’s fulfillment center is already equipped with best in class software utilizing voice-picking technology and automated sort and ship.
Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune’s President & CEO, stated, “We are excited to strengthen our meat program with our own processing facility and continue to grow the fulfillment operation with additional locations. We are delighted to welcome the gifted Neesvig’s and Empire Fish team to the Fortune family.”
James Meyer, CEO of Neesvig’s, “Margaret and I could not have selected a better partner than Fortune Fish to carry on the proud history of Neesvig’s. We have enjoyed 32 years as owner / operators of Neesvig’s and want to thank every member of the Neesvig’s family, both past and present, for their tireless efforts over the years. We know that we are leaving the company in great hands with Sean and his team and we look forward to watching the companies prosper in the years to come. We also want to thank our wonderful customers for the opportunity to serve them throughout the years.”
Neesvig’s represents Fortune International’s ninth (and largest transaction) since launching its acquisition strategy in 2012, which has been further accelerated since entering into a partnership in 2020 with Investcorp, a leading global alternative asset manager.