Newman's Own makes its pet foods from human-grade, organic ingredients -- and all profits go to animal charities. Dog owners say this is a brand they can trust.
Organic meat -- no grains. Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver has "Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food," notes DogFoodAdvisor.com's Mike Sagman. Another major plus, he adds, is that the "organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards -- standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics." The food is grain-free, with a high meat content. Minerals are proteinated, which means they have been processed in a way that makes them easier for a dog to absorb. These foods meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards as a complete, balanced diet for dogs.
Recall-free. Several dog owners say they switched to Newman's Own during the melamine tragedy of 2007, in which tainted ingredients from China were used in U.S. pet foods, sickening and killing hundreds of pets. Widespread recalls ensued -- but Newman's Own wasn't affected. In fact, Newman's Own pet foods are recall-free, a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website shows. Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver is certified 95 percent organic by Oregon Tilth (a well-respected non-profit certifier) and as a result carries the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal. That can give some comfort to dog owners concerned about artificial ingredients, artificial preservatives, pesticides and other questionable ingredients. The beef is sourced from Uruguay, a country with strict regulations prohibiting the use of growth hormones and antibiotics. Newman's Own Organics uses no genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. It does contains carrageenan (a controversial seaweed-based thickener linked to intestinal inflammation) and sodium selenite (a less safe selenium supplement than selenium yeast, PetsumerReport.com's Susan Thixton explains). The cans have BPA, but that's an issue that's near universal with canned dog foods, and especially those that are larger than 6 ounces.
All profits go to animal charities. Even though it's organic -- and grain-free -- Newman's Own Beef & Liver actually costs less than some "super-premium" foods that are neither, like Halo Spot's Stew Succulent Salmon Recipe (Est. $2.77 for a 13.2-oz. can). If you want to avoid carrageenan, though, experts recommend Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate (Est. $2.75 per 12 ounce can). Fromm Gold is meat-rich, grain-free, like Newman's Own, but it's not organic. Further, Fromm's otherwise spotless record was spoiled by a voluntary recall in March 2016 due to possible high levels of vitamin D, though most pet food advocates and dog owners give Fromm kudos for how it handled the recall.
Susan Thixton investigates many brands and individual flavors of dog food, including several varieties of Newman's Own. She points out which ingredients are good and which are bad, rating each brand and flavor accordingly.
Review: Newman's Own Dog Food, Susan Thixton, Not Dated
Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef & Liver dog food earns the highest rating here (5 stars). Its high meat content, freedom from any grain products, and use of ingredients that are certified organic all help to earn in an enthusiastic recommendation.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Grain Free (Canned), Mike Sagman, Updated Mar. 21, 2014
Newman's Own Organics makes this list of the best canned dog foods. Though discussion is nearly nonexistent, Mary Straus makes special note of the company's grain-free varieties, including Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef & Liver.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, May 5, 2015
Amazon.com hosts more than 340 reviews for Newman's Own Organics Grain Free canned dog food, including Organic Grain Free Beef & Liver. Overall, satisfaction is high. However, some owners say their dogs couldn't tolerate the food, or that they got a bad batch from Amazon. Comments reflect all grain-free Newman's Own Organics canned dog food varieties.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Chicken Grain-Free Food for Dogs, 5.5-Ounce (Pack of 24), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2016
We found more than 50 additional dog owner reviews of Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef & Liver at Chewy.com, where it earns a 4.4-star rating. Most (83 percent) say they would recommend the dog food, though some have reservations over the source of the beef, the food's smell, or say that it's too rich for their pet.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free Beef & Liver Canned Dog Food, 12-oz, case of 12, Contributors to Chewy.com, As of July 2016