Poppy’s Picnic is the newest kid on the block when it comes to complete raw dog food, they only opened for business a few months ago but we’d already seen great 5 star reviews on their Facebook page so when they asked if we’d like to give their food a trial we jumped at the chance! Based in Wiltshire, Poppy’s Picnic is the brainchild of Dylan and his miniature schnauzer Poppy. Having initially been fed highly processed commercial foods, Poppy was regularly having digestive problems and it was a struggle to find a food that wouldn’t upset her stomach, damage her teeth and cause irritation to her skin and coat. This was the impetus to create a brand new and balanced complete food that provided a natural diet, the way nature intended. After years of researching, developing and perfecting raw recipes with dog experts – including vets, a professional trainer and a Crufts winner – Poppy’s Picnic was born. Poppy’s Picnic is made from 100% natural ingredients; human-grade meat combined with liver, kidney, heart, ground bone and vegetables with added superfoods such as wheatgrass, green tripe and flaxseed oil.
We received a selection of minces from Poppy’s Picnic. We tried their Trial Hamper which contained 2 x Chicken & Tripe Complete, 2 x Chicken & Bone Complete, 2 x Beef & Bone complete, 2 x Beef & Tripe Complete, 2 x Lamb & Tripe Complete and 2 x Lamb & Bone Complete.
Pup appeal: how much Colin and Rhapsody liked the food (10/10) – Colin and Rhapsody loved their mince from Poppy’s Picnic. It was of an extremely high quality and we love that you can see the individual components of the food, it doesn’t just look like processed mush! (see picture below)
Poop rating: what it says on the tin, how good their poop is! (4/5) – overall there were very few poop issues which is always nice, a couple of off days but nothing to worry about in the long run!
Packaging rating: how easy the food is to use/store and labelling (4/5) – this is a tricky one as, at the time of sending us our Trial Hamper, Poppy’s Picnic has not finalised their packaging! However something they had finalised (and therefore the reason for 4/5 even though we have only seen the final packaging in pictures!) is their ingenious ‘blood-soaking sheet’ in the bottom of their food trays. ‘Blood-soaking sheet’ is definitely not the technical term for their clever invention but that is what is does; it soaks up all the excess blood from the food to ensure no nastiness for humans when feeding. Genius. We also LOVE that Poppy’s Picnic put the bone percentages on their labelling, essential information if you are feeding alongside bones or other protein sources – they are the first supplier we tried that have actually had this information on their labels!
Price: value for money (8/10) – Poppy’s Picnic currently comes in 450 g packs which range from £1.50 to £2.50 per pack. This works out about the same (or a little cheaper) as buying the smaller packs of food from the big suppliers although it is slightly harder to compare directly due to the different container sizes. As Poppy’s Picnic only offer the 450 g pack size it can work out a little more expensive, as with all small suppliers, if you have a multi-dog household as the bigger suppliers all offer larger pack sizes which work out cheaper per kg. Having said that, if you buy a hamper from Poppy’s Picnic then the price per kg does fall which makes them much more competitive against the big names. You can currently buy a Trial Hamper (5.4 kg), a Starter Hamper (10.8 kg), a Puppy Hamper (4.5 kg) or a Bumper Hamper (14.4 kg).
Quality: quality of the mince (sloppy vs chunky) (10/10) – As you can see from the picture earlier, Poppy’s Picnic mince is of a great quality. Due to the fact that they do not make up weight with blood (which a lot of suppliers do seem to do!) and the fact that it is not minced too finely, you can actually see all the ingredients in the food so you know exactly what you are putting into your precious pooch. Poppy’s Picnic hit the nail on the head with their mince. Chunky, fresh and not a gram of excess blood to be seen.
Variety of products (2/5) – Poppy’s Picnic currently offer six different varieties of food: Chicken & Tripe Complete, Chicken & Bone Complete, Beef & Bone complete, Beef & Tripe Complete, Lamb & Tripe Complete and Lamb & Bone Complete. This is really the only area that Poppy’s Picnic cannot quite compete with the big brands; as we’ve said with a number of smaller brands previously, they just cannot keep up with the variety offered by the big guys. As Poppy’s Picnic is still such a young company we have no doubt that their range will continue to expand as they do! They currently have plans for an ENHANCED superfoods range and an EXPERT range for raw feeders that prefer to DIY so watch this space!
Delivery and ordering: ease of ordering and quality of the delivery (4/5) – Poppy’s Picnic’s website is very easy to use and navigate; ordering is simple and delivery is next day if ordered bfore 11am. The food arrives frozen in a polystyrene-lined box that ensures it stays frozen on its journey from their warehouse to you. Shipping rates depend on the weight of your order (minimum order of 14 packs of food): 6 kg – 14.4 kg is £7.50, 14.4kg – 24 kg is £10, 24 kg – 40 kg is £14, anything over 40 kg is priced by weight or you can collect for free from Poppy’s Picnic HQ.
In summary we were big fans of Poppy’s Picnic. My favourite thing about their food was the so-called ‘blood-soaking sheet’. Despite having been raw feeding Colin for nearly two years now, I still do not really like touching raw meat so the less blood the better in my books! Their mince is of a superior quality to the big suppliers at an affordable price (even more so if you buy their hampers) and the pups just could not get enough. Two big thumbs (or paws) up from all of here at Adventures of Doodles HQ!
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