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Newman's Own Adult Formula is a low-priced dog food with great quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. The food, however, has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat but does have excellent meat and fat quality. Newman’s Own has no recalls and was overall pretty transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
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The food has high carbs and low protein and fats, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.
To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more
Min. Protein 23.33%
Min. Fat 13.33%
Min. Carbs 55.56%
Max. Fiber 5.00%
Max. Ash 7.78%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 21.0%
Min Fat: 12.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 4.5%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 10.0%
397 Calories per Cup
This product has a somewhat high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Slightly higher calorie foods like this are typically best for fairly active dogs who need a moderate amount of daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.
Grain-Free Dog Foods
This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.Learn More
Chicken, Organic Barley, Organic Oats, Organic Peas, Chicken Meal, Organic Sorghum, Organic Soybean Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Rice, Organic Flax Seed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Organic Carrots, Natural Flavors, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Lecithin, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Biotin, Cobalt Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide (Source of Iodine), Sodium Selenite, Dehydrated Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product.
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. We are happy to report that this food has 0 controversial ingredients.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at a dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.
Newman’s Own did a great job on the ingredients in this dog food. Zero controversial choices!
Country of Origin
This dog food is made in the USA. This means the food manufacturer has to follow high quality and food safety laws, so it’s a good thing.
Meat & Fat Quality
Chicken, Chicken Meal and Chicken Fat are the meats and major fat sources here. All three are clearly labeled as to which animal source they come from, that’s excellent.
This product contains 0 controversial artificial preservatives - really great! Here’s a quick primer on this topic: It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.
No artificial colors, either. That’s how it should be, nice.
Last but not least, we didn’t find artificial flavors in this dog food. No controversial artificial preservatives, colors or flavors - we love when dog food brands skip all of them. Well done!
Newman's Own has a below-average number of recalls for their dog food.
We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.
How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
Newman’s Own did not respond to our first email, but did respond to the second. This longer response time was likely due to having their corporate veterinarian respond. All but one question was fully answered.
Does Newman’s Own have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
We have a team of consulting animal and veterinary nutritionists, including a board certified veterinary nutritionist, that develops our formulations.
(Follow-up email response)
Again, because of confidentiality agreements with suppliers and consultants, I can't provide specific names. Pet nutritionists generally choose to remain anonymous as they often consult for several companies.
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
See the previous answer.
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
We do not do animal testing, but all formulas are developed in accordance with the nutritional profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and based on NRC requirements.
What country are your products manufactured?
Our pet foods are manufactured in pet specialty cGMP facilities in the United States and Uruguay. The treats are made in the US, Canada and New Zealand. All facilities were inspected by our vice president of technical services, and the ingredients are validated by Oregon Tilth, an independent third-party organic certifying agency accredited by the USDA..
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
All products are manufactured to comply with standards for good manufacturing procedures, and macro and micronutrients are routinely analyzed for determined levels. Oregon Tilth validates the integrity of ingredients for incorporation into made with organic formulas.
Does Newman’s Own own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Our products are manufactured in pet specially facilities as described above. We do not identify these facilities for reasons of confidentiality.
Do any parts of your product come from China?
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.