Pedigree Wholesale Mourns the Passing of Co-Founder Derek Slater


He was one of the four founders of the business

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With great sadness, we announce the passing of our esteemed co-founder, Derek Slater. Derek, alongside his wife Carol, were one of the original co-founders of Pedigree Wholesale, alongside Terry Brown and his wife, Wendy. The four of them worked tirelessly together to found Pedigree Wholesale in 1972 and built the foundations of the business we know and love today.

During this difficult time, the Pedigree Wholesale family extends its deepest sympathies to Derek's family and friends. Whilst we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life and remember the influence his collective vision has had not just on Pedigree Wholesale, but on the entire pet sector. We are grateful for his leadership, his wisdom, and the lasting legacy he leaves behind.

Under Derek and Terry's guidance, Pedigree Wholesale has grown significantly over the years, and Derek's legacy will be forever embedded in the company's values. He instilled a sense of pride and commitment in everything we do, encouraging us to be courageous in our work, focused on our goals, and accountable for our actions. Derek stepped down as joint Managing Director in 1997, after 25 years of dedicated service, but his vision continued to guide the company. He created a connected community within the company and with our customers, reflecting his passion for pets and his dedication to helping retailers deliver the very best to their customers.

We extend our deepest condolences to all those who knew Derek, and details of his funeral to celebrate his life and achievements will be shared in the coming weeks.