After a successful launch of their award-winning No-Hide Wholesome Chews through an exclusive partnership with Pedigree Wholesale, the company is determined to establish itself as a leading light in UK specialist pet retail through its mission to create more natural, humane, sustainable and effective ways to change things for the better, one Earth Animal at a time.
To that end, it has just appointed UK-based Will Baggaley as its first international sales and marketing director and Liz Green as a full-time brand manager at Pedigree Wholesale.
Will joins Earth Animal having initially launched the brand into the UK as head of marketing for Pedigree Wholesale where he also worked on market-leading brands, including Chuckit!, Walter Harrison's and Hurtta, along with the overall marketing of Pedigree's broader business and the relaunch of the specialist pet retail chain, Just For Pets. Now with dedicated focus Will can support further growth for Earth Animal not only In the UK but further afield with the Nordics being slated for the launch in the near future.
Liz is excited to join the UK team following a period working as a brand manager in Australia, and prior to that in global product development in London at similarly passionate brands, such as The Body Shop Int'l. As brand activation manager at Pedigree, she will focus on the marketing and commercial activation of the brand in the UK, ensuring the momentum of the launch is maintained throughout 2020 and beyond.
This builds further on Earth Animal’s transatlantic ties, as Stewart Shanley, CEO of the company and Sam Noble, head of international, are both British.
“We’ve made a cracking start in the UK with our partners at Pedigree, securing distribution for our category-busting ‘No-Hide’ Chews in 500 wonderful pet stores around the country in short order and we’ve just had a brilliant debut at Crufts, but this is just the start of a really exciting journey for us in the UK”, says Sam Noble.
“We have exciting plans to expand the range this year and will be investing heavily with Pedigree and our retailers to make the most of it. In addition, we really want to help consumers to get to know and share in the passion and purpose that makes us so much more than a provider of great products. We want them to become a part of the Earth Animal family. Will and Liz’s appointments will be key to that.”
Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein — pioneers in the field of holistic and integrative veterinary medicine — set up the company in 1979 with the heartfelt belief that every day should be filled with wholesome goodness and a whole lot of fun. That our animals should live healthy and love-filled lives every single day they grace the Earth. They are still at the heart of the Earth Animal family today.
That sense of shared purpose with animal lovers has seen the company grow exponentially in the last few years in the US. 2019 saw annual sales of $50m. But the business has not lost its family feel nor its purpose. It still commits to putting 1% of its annual net sales revenue back into sustainable initiatives and programmes inside the company and with its supply chain, distribution and retail partners.
“That’s the most special thing about it.”, Sam Noble says. “It’s a business that is genuinely dedicated to finding Another Way, a better way of doing business and a better way for all of us to fulfil our responsibilities as pet parents.”
No-Hide Wholesome Chews are part of Earth Animal’s range of vet-formulated pet products, which have all been innovated to ensure the health and happiness of dogs and cats. They are exclusively distributed in the UK by Pedigree Wholesale — one of the leading distributors of pet and aquatic products into the UK independent pet retail sector. They are available to purchase now from pet specialist stores across the country and online, too, including Pets Corner and Fetch.
For more information about Earth Animal, their products and where to buy them, visit www.earthanimal.com or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.