Long before Pet Food Experts established its reputation as a trusted partner for independent pet retailers, the company was founded by independent pet retailers! The Baker family’s love of the pet industry began in 1936 when Michael Baker's great-great-grandfather opened a pet store in the basement of his home, specializing in selling live fish. Over the next 80 years, the business evolved into a chain of independently owned pet stores, and grew into a distributor of pet products from coast to coast.
1936: Herbert "Salty" Baker opens a pet store in Rumford, Rhode Island.
1959: George Baker Sr. (2nd generation) opens Rumford Pet Center in East Providence, Rhode Island.
1971: George K. "Buddy" Baker (3rd generation) joins and continues to grow the business through the next decade.
1989: Pet Food Experts is founded as the Iams Company offers George K. Baker exclusive distribution territory in Southeastern New England. The company employeed 16 people when it was founded.
1993: Michael Baker (4th generation) joins Rumford Pet Center in a managerial role.
2000: Pet Food Experts home office and warehouse relocated to Cumberland, Rhode Island and acquires Sharon's Distributors, expanding footprint into Vermont and Upstate New York.
2003: Michael Baker is named President of Pet Food Experts.
2005: Michael acquires Pet Food Experts from his father, Buddy Baker and expands into Metro New York. With the acquistion of OK Pet Supply, 20 new vendors are added to the portfolio.
2007: Pet Food Experts discontinues relationship with major grocery brand, which results in a more diversified company.
2010: Pet Food Experts named Distributor of the Year by the Pet Industry Distributor Association.
2011: Distribution territory expands down the East Coast with the opening of a warehouse in Lancaster, PA, servicing seven states in the Mid-Atlantic.
2013: Pet Food Experts establishes its presence in the Midwest with the acquisition of Zeus & Company in Des Plaines, Illinois, adding 10 states to its footprint.
2014: Company voted one of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island for the 3rd time in four years.
2015: Pet Food Experts acquires Northpoint Trading Company in Fife, Washington, adding five states in the Pacific Northwest. New, larger warehouses in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest are opened to better service our customers. Pet Food Experts home office moves from Cumberland, Rhode Island to Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
2016: Pacific Northwest warehouse in Fife, Washington transitions to a larger facility. Pet Age Magazine names Pet Food Experts Distributor of the Year.
2017: Pet Food Experts is happily celebrating 28 years of service to our independent retailers in the pet specialty channel, with a team of 352 people in 29 states!
After four generations, the Baker family, along with our entire team is still passionately working hard to make our customers successful. Everyone at Pet Food Experts takes great pride in friendly and professional service, accurate and on-time deliveries, and a great selection of leading pet food and pet supply brands. We value and honor our close relationships with our staff, customers, vendors, and retailers. We look forward to a future of continued success as an industry leader and a trusted distributor partner. We firmly believe that When You Win, We Win!