Pet Food Experts acquisition

 Maureen Costello (left), president and CEO of United Pacific Pet, and Michael Baker (right), president and CEO of Pet Food Experts.

Pet Food Experts (PFX) will be expanding its geographic footprint under an agreement to acquire the operating assets of United Pacific Pet, a regional distributor of pet food and animal care products in the West. Pet Food Experts, which is based in Pawtucket, R.I., made the announcement in April.

“[The] announcement is a fitting tribute to Maureen Costello and Jim Butler’s exceptional leadership and legacy at [United Pacific Pet],” said Michael Baker, president and CEO of Pet Food Experts. “This will be a monumental acquisition for PFX as it will significantly increase our overall scale and footprint in the West region. We’re looking forward to bolstering the existing vendor portfolio and providing partners with sustainable growth as we have for generations.”

Founded in 1918 in Colton, Calif., United Pacific Pet currently serves about 1,500 independent pet retailers and pet professionals throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii with a broad assortment of high-quality pet foods and pet supplies. The company has 115 employees, a fleet of delivery trucks, and operates out of a 154,000-square-foot warehouse centrally located in Southern California’s major distribution hub.

The acquisition will advance Pet Food Experts’ position as a leading distributor of pet food and supplies in the U.S., servicing more than 6,000 independent retailers from its six distribution centers across 38 states, according to officials.

“Jim and I are very pleased to be joining the PFX family,” said Costello, president and CEO of United Pacific Pet. “Having known the Baker family for over 30 years, Pet Food Experts is a company that shares our history, culture, systems and commitment to the success of the independent retailer. Michael is a trusted business partner, and we have complete confidence that together, we will be better positioned to meet the fast-changing needs of our customers, vendors and employees.”

On United Pacific Pet’s website, Costello said that the same management team will remain, including herself.

The transaction, according to officials, is subject to customary closing conditions.

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