Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free product line includes three canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef
  • Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Liver
  • Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver

Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 56% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Organic beef, organic beef liver, organic beef broth, organic guar gum, carrageenan, potassium chloride, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron carbonate, copper proteinate, manganese iodate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis56%17%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis48%35%17%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes organic beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is organic beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is organic beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The fourth ingredient is organic guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

The fifth ingredient includes organic carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With one notable exception

This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Newman’s Own Organics
Grain Free Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because 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.

With that in mind…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free looks like an above-average canned product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 56%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 64% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 30%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of beef and beef liver as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of Newman’s Own Organics Dry Dog Food.

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Notes and Updates

07/04/2010 Original review
03/21/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Cindi

    Newman’s Own Beef Grain Free is not made in the USA and has caused my dogs to have black diarrhea with vomiting. Could you please review this product again as I believe they are huge problems with the product

  • Joe Swanson

    What is the breed on the canned chicken? I love its ears

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  • Tiffani Hallan

    I really like Newman’s Own canned, all the flavors work really well for my crew.

  • Divi

    Did I miss the part about probiotics?

  • Bonnie

    They do now have AAFCO labeling on their cans. Please update this review!

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    Common sense should tell you that when liver is eaten and digested it’s not going to work like it does when still in a healthy animal.

    Besides, haven’t you ever heard of people eating liver?

  • http://www.theholisticchatterbox.com/ Shawna

    The active ingredients in Angel Eyes is the included antibiotics. Beef Ingredients: 100% Pure Beef Liver, Tylosin as Tartrate. http://www.angelseyesonline.com/angels-eyes-product-details.html

    The beef liver is added for taste. Beef liver from healthy grass fed cows is very beneficial but beef liver from factory farmed ill cows can be quite unhealthy and even diseased.

  • http://www.theholisticchatterbox.com/ Shawna

    I disagree John, to an extent at least. Liver from factory farmed cows is likely not a healthy choice but liver from grass finished cows provides LOTS of benefit.

    They also know that feeding, or in human case, eating an organ or gland can actually strengthen the corresponding gland of the eater. Modern medicine refers to it as “Oral Tolerization”. They have reversed autoimmune heart disease by feeding heart as an example. The Chinese have been practicing oral tolerization, under a different name, for thousands of years.

    The New York Times has a great article on oral tolerization.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/18/science/hair-of-dog-tried-as-cure-for-autoimmune-disease.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.c.hanson Gayle Crutcher Hanson

    I thought beef liver,(as Angel Eyes for stain control is 100% beef liver), would be a good ingredient…….not a main ingredient, but in the canned wet food and I use a tablespoon on top of dry food……Nature’s Recipe Salmon…..as unable to fine Newman’s Own dry food anywhere…my zip code is 43026….How come I can not buy Newman’s brand food at Petsmart or etc here in Ohio? NOW, how do I get answers to my questions?

  • losul

    The best thing you can do for clues in these kind of discrepancies is to check the caloric content. Fat is much more calorie dense than either protein or carbs.

    I would say the caloric density of this food is pretty darn high- 575 calories per 12oz can. I think (not sure) most dog food comes in 13 oz cans. What I have on hand here is Mulligan stew 13 oz can 387 calories, and Tripett green beef tripe, which I already know is fairly high in fat – 465 calories per 13oz can.

    So yeah, probably the carb content is negligble in this food, and the fat content pretty darn high. It’s NOT DFA’s or Dr. Mikes fault.

    Next time you’re on the phone to the good Dr. Brown, maybe you should ask him why they understate the fat content so drastically.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    DFA uses the posted information from the company’s website. The posted protein and fat content of a food is only the guaranteed minimums so there is “wiggle room”.

  • Paul H

    Guar gum is the fourth ingredient. The head vet Dr Brown, says it’s negligible and has zero carb calories. DFA says 17% of the calories are carbs. Big discrepancy! Who to believe?? Maybe DFA will talk to them directly again, as Newman’s is a name with integrity and zero carbs wth full nutrition is appealing.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Try contacting the company and see if they will give you a “typical analysis” versus the “guaranteed analysis”.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Then they have severely under reported their minimum fat percentage.

  • Paul H

    The vet from Newman’s tells me this product has zero carbs and that the guar gum is negligible??

  • EvesHumanMom

    I think it rates up there with real kimchee  and fish, but not as bad as durian, if that helps.  I only use about a tablepoon per meal (Evethedog is only 8kgs) but she loves the stuff and is even more excited about eating (she is a rescue, so I didn’t realise she could get even more excited than she already was!)  Now I reconstitute K9 freeze-dried because of the small quantity that I use (it smells about the same as the Tripett tripe.)  I use it about once a day, at breakfast and top with canned at night, at the moment.

  • Chris

    Absolutely!  A non-AAFCO compliant food may lack essential nutrients for dogs.  I believe non-AAFCO food COULD cause serious health concerns for your dog.  It’s why I don’t make homemade food for my dogs.  I know that there are certain things that must be included for longterm good health of your dog.  There have actually been cases where dogs died due to a lack of required nutrients left out of a homemade diet.  UC Davis (California) School of Veterinary Medicine has a nutrition department which is very informative.  You can actually call them and ask dietary questions.  They have the essential requirements for dog foods, too. Especially for those interested in making homemade food for their dogs.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    It’s probably as strong as a can of sardines but smells like stinky sneakers and the sewer combined!  The worst one is the plain green tripe.  The one with tripe/duck/salmon is not as bad.  Merrick canned green tripe is not as bad as well and it is complete and balanced but a little soupy which is fine with me.  Makes mixing in powdered supplements easy. I split one can between 3 dogs but I use various canned foods, not just tripe.  During the summer time I use canned food toppers regularly for the added moisture.

    Actually the canned tripe is only half as stinky as raw fresh/frozen tripe. The raw tripe I cut and serve outside in the backyard!

  • Chris

    Very good point.  Got some canned Tripette last week and did read the label.  Found out it is not a complete/balanced food, but a “topper”. It’s supposed to be nutritious, but not a complete/balanced diet which is important!

  • Chris

    Honest Kitchen’s “Preference” isn’t complete/balanced as no meat/fish is added.  It says on the label you need to add the protein source & amt. by dogs weight.  There are now a few foods like this – meat/protein must be added.  I add several protein sources to each meal (2 meats or meat & fish & either yogurt or tofu (use Greek yogurt as it’s higher in protein.)  Just use the “PLAIN” (none of the good flavored & high in sugar kind for the dogs).  My dogs love it plus tofu & cottage cheese, too.  All have good protein % plus calcium & other good nutrients.  

  • Chris

    How smelly is it?  Does the dog smell for very long after eating it?  I got a can to give my dogs with their regular food, but heard about the smell and haven’t been excited to open & use it yet. I’m pretty sensitive to some overpowering smells.  For example, some fish about makes me ill.  How much and how often do you supplement?  Thank you, Chris

  • BryanV21

    I love that our computer systems save the information regarding what people have bought, because so many of them can’t remember, and we end up looking it up for them.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Tripett – a pretty awesome & stinky supplemental food :)

  • melissa

    I can’t recall a dry food in recent history that lacked an AAFCO statement at least on the bag itself-anyone??

    Truth be told, when I first started supplementing with commercial raw, and feeding it to one completely due to oral issues, I was a little surprised to see that some lacked the AAFCO and were the mixes-I just kind of assumed most of them were sold as complete and balanced. Now, I take an annoying amount of time(to salespeople, lol) reading over the containers before purchasing anything new : ) Hubby on the othe hand shops by bag color.  I say pick up a abag of Acana Grassland, and he says “is that the green bag or the brown one?”

  • BryanV21

    Thanks.

  • melissa

     Bryan-

    The problem is they do not specify “toppers”-that is the term I am giving to them : ) The cans normally appear in the ‘canned food aisle” of the stores and unless an owner is observant, they may end up with one that is  not intended as a sole source of food. They are still called ‘dog food”(because that is what they are) but they lack the AAFCO statement, and say things like ” intermittent or supplemental feeding only”-in small print on the back of the cans.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Another raw food sold commercially that (to my knowledge) dosn’t meet AAFCO nutrient requirements: Rawhealth. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    None of Nature’s Logic’s canned foods are AAFCO compliant either.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    It’s always been my understanding that AAFCO compliance is NOT a requirement for any pet food – unless a manufacturer claims a particular product is “complete and balanced”.

    Here’s the actual FDA explanation

    “Any claim that a product is ‘complete,’ ‘balanced,’ ‘100% nutritious,’ or claims of a similarly nature that suggests a product is suitable for sole nourishment when it is not, in fact, nutritionally adequate for such purpose is a potentially unsafe product. For this reason, an AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement is one of the most important aspects of a dog or cat food label. A “complete and balanced” pet food must be substantiated for nutritional adequacy…”

    Hope this helps clear this issue up.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Add Oma’s Pride to the list.

  • dugitup – dog food guide

    Bryan

    Halshan is a raw dog food that is commercially available and is not AAFCO compliant.

    http://www.halshan.com/

     

  • Shawna

    There are actually several I am aware of and probably more I am not.

    Bravo has a line of AAFCO compliant foods that it just came out with a few years back.  It is called Bravo Balance.  They also have incomplete products that are sold at all four of the pet health food stores in my ares.  The buffalo, venison and salmon are all meat only.  The duck and rabbit is meat and bone only.  Then they also have beef, turkey and chicken that are meat/bone and veggies but are not AAFCO compliant.

    Primal has their AAFCO balanced line called “Formulas”.  They also have their “Mixes” which are meat/bone and a few veggies/fruits but are not AAFCO complete and balanced.  Their “Grinds” are meat/bone and organ only.

    Answer’s raw food is also not AAFCO confirmed compliant.  I spoke with their VP and she said they actually exceed AAFCO recommendations (and the data is on their website) but they have not applied for the AAFCO paperwork (or whatever is done to get confirmation via AAFC0).

    I believe Aunt Jeni’s is the same as Answer’s — meets or exceeds AAFCO guidelines but is not confirmed by AAFCO as complete and balanced.

    There is another that I’m thinking of but can’t remember the name — grrrrr…

  • BryanV21

    well in that case toppers are not “food”, so this I understand. If the topper said “dog food” on it, then wouldn’t that be illegal?

  • BryanV21

    What commercial raw diets, meaning raw foods one could legally sell, are not AAFCO compliant?

  • Shawna

    Not all commercial raw is AAFCO compliant either.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    nothing I feed my dogs meets AAFCO requirements lol

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Mezquic,

    Unfortunately, as I mention in the review, the company does not report WHICH of the 2 AAFCO nutrient profiles the food meets. So, I’m unable to report life stage recommendations.

    Hope this helps.

  • melissa

    Uhm…it could if labeled for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. This I usually see in canned toppers that people mistake for a complete and balanced canned dog food..

  • BryanV21

    If a dog food doesn’t meet AAFCO requirements then it can’t be sold in the US. AAFCO is like the FDA for dogs. 

  • Mezquic

    I went to the website for the company and they do a have section stating their food meets the nutritional levels established by AAFCO, under FAQ for all their pet foods.

  • LillyPie

    That’s right, never feed an adult dog to a puppy. ;-) Totally teasing you

  • LillyPie

    I realize that this was composed several years ago, but I did want to point out the Newmans Own grain free mixes all say on the can that they are AAFCO approved for all life stages. Just wanted to point that out! Cannot speak for the other variety only because I have never personally purchased it before.

  • http://twitter.com/GreenzLiving Greenzliving.com

    Great article, readers can also stock up on Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free (Canned) at http://www.greenzliving.com they offer free shipping and is currently giving 15% off on orders use code:NEWGL

  • Sandra

    oops wrong place but cant find how to delete the post 

  • Sandra

    well i was looking on the website and beef liver is not listed anymore. its just beef and beef broth. wonder how that will affect the food. 

  • Johnandchristo

    HI Sandy…..

    No, but I’m gonna look into it. I’m always looking for 
    something good for Christo. I did however see
    that picture you posted, pretty cool. Like mike S said its nice to put a face to a fellow poster.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Have you seen Weruva Human Style food?  I’m almost tempted to eat it myself.  And it’s made in a human food facility.

    http://www.weruva.com

  • Johnandchristo

    To all……

    I mix one can of beef, or beef and liver in Christo’s Brother’s
    Twice a week, He goes nuts . Loves it. I have not seen 
    a wet food, as good as this. Just wish they had different 
    kinds of meat.

  • Judy

    I’ve been buying Newman’s for a while and yes, it does have a soupy consistency. I use it as an enticement to get my dogs to eat Wellness – I just spread some of it on top of the Wellness. It works find.

  • John

    Sorry for the typo….

    Liver is a filtering organ….As in filtering toxins. Common sense says to avoid such organs in dog food. IE kidneys or liver.

  • John

    “The second ingredient is organic beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal. So long as it’s not over-weighted in a dog food, beef liver is a beneficial component.”

    Liver is a filtering organ….As in filtering toxins. Common sense says to avoid and such organs in dog food. IE kidneys or liver.

    I love Newman products and use them frequently. His products are truly outstanding. However, do a little research on this and you’ll find it is something to consider when feeding your pup.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    HI Lauren… Not sure what’s caused that texture or if what you’re seeing is a normal mixture for this product. It would be better for you to wait for a call back from their customer service. Wish I could be more help.

  • Lauren

    I bought the Newmans Own Organic, canned Grain Free Beef and it is all soupy and mushy. Is this dangerous? Should I be concerned? I called Newman’s Own Organic Division and had to leave a message…couldn’t talk to anyone.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Daria… When properly designed (to be complete and balanced), a home based diet can be a healthy eating plan. However, when improperly designed, there’s probably nothing worse. To see what I mean, please be sure to watch the video, “The Best and Worse Types of Dog Food” by Dr. Karen Becker.

    Then watch this video about homemade pet food by Dr. Becker.

    Hope this helps.

  • daria

    hi there.
    i have a cockapoo 2,5 years old. he is pretty active dog and not fixed.he is about 28Lb. i was wondering if its ok to feed him a cooked oatmeal about a cup mixed with ¼ of a can of that canned meat twice a day with some boiled meat(no spices)…
    thank you…

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jake… Unfortunately, I haven’t yet reviewed Royal Canin Veterinary SO. Please see our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Specific Health Problems” to see if that offers any help. Since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot offer specific product recommendations for your dog’s bladder problem.

  • Jake

    My 3 year old Bichon/Brussel has had a history of bladder infections and the vet recently found some crystals. we have gotten rid of the crystals and she is now on an antibiotic. They have also given her Royal Canin SO (canned) to eat and she won’t touch it. Judging by the ingredients it doesn’t seem like a quality product. what are your thoughts on it? Also, is Newman’s Organic Grain Free a better alternative? (I read that low-proteing, grain-based food could be part of the problem)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Karla… Here’s an article I posted that includes a link to our list of suggested puppy foods. As far as how much, simply follow the instructions on the package. Hope this helps.

  • Karla

    Hi
    I am getting a mini dachshund. Do you have a puppy food? How much should I feed her?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dave… That sounds like a fairly reasonable feeding plan. However, since each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way, it would be impossible for me to assure you feeding your dog this combination would be the best choice for your particular pet. Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves some trial and error. Wish I could be more help.

  • Dave

    I have a 7 year old shiba inu. Is this a proper food for senior dogs or should I find something more suitable. I have been mixing the newmans with nutro seinor formula kibble, is that ok?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Wesley… How much you feed him depends on a lot of issues. Age, weight life stage, lifestyle, breed, activity level, etc. Without knowing a lot more, it would be impossible for me to advise you on the amount to feed your dog. Try using our dog food calculator or just looking at the dog food package for a place to start.

  • Wesley

    Hi, I was just curious. I have a Collie (Radar) and I was wondering a couple things. Would this be good for him? How much of it would he need and what is the cost for it?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brittany… Puppies should be fed dog foods specifically designed to meet AAFCO nutritional profiles for either “growth” or “all life stages”. It’s generally OK to feed a puppy food to an adult dog but not OK to feed an adult dog to a puppy.

    Since the Newman’s Own website claims it’s OK to feed their foods to pregnant and lactating females, the product you mention may be OK for puppies, too. It might be a good idea to contact Newman’s Own on their website to confirm the food is rated for puppies. Hope this helps.

  • Brittany

    I just got a 11 week old Brittany pup a couple of days ago, and couldn’t figure out why he was not eating much (or pooping!) until I noticed he likes to throw pieces of his food into his water dish, and then try to eat them, which does not work very well! So I began to add a little water to his food and he LOVES it! Now, for some reason his breeder had him eating Pedigree (yuck!) and am slowly, but surely, switching him to Halo Spot’s Stew puppy kibble (chicken variety). I would love to give him some variety though, by adding a couple tablespoons of high quality canned dog food.

    This looks like a GREAT choice for mixing in, but I am concerned it would not be suitable for a puppy, I also do not know if upping the protein is good for a puppy. Any thoughts?

    By the way, he is very active. He gets two walk/jog/runs a day and loads of playtime. This Brittany doesn’t stop!