First off, a big thank you to Nutriment, we’re thrilled to have them on board for this little project. As we’ve started many times before; our aim is to help show people that raw feeding can be an easy and inexpensive alternative to kibble and to encourage people to make the change to raw. We would not be able to do this without your support, so thank you. To our readers, please remember this is just our opinion and our only aim is to promote raw feeding and help people choose the right supplier for them.With that covered, on to our fifth supplier: Nutriment.
Nutriment is the last of the big three suppliers that we will be trialling. Nutriment have been at the forfront of raw feeding since they opened in 2013, they produce a staggering 180 tonnes of raw products a month and their products are available in dozens of pet shops up and down the country. They pride themselves in buying British wherever feasible, working alongside like-minded local businesses for design, printing, copywriting etc. and supporting the local community in which they operate. Their long term relationships with leading breeders, vets and trainers mean they’re well versed in dreaming up, fine-tuning and preparing nutritious, well-balanced pet food brimming with appetite appeal. They’re constantly evolving their range of bold, fresh flavours and pioneering meal formats, appreciating that dogs come in different shapes, sizes and life stages.
Conducting the review, for those of you that aren’t regular readers, are Colin and Rhapsody. Colin is an 18 month old miniature poodle-border collie mix who weighs 10.1 kg, we have had him since October 2014 at just 8 weeks old. He has been raw fed since he was weaned off his mother’s milk and can be a little fussy about what he eats. Rhapsody is a miniature poodle weighing in at just 5.2 kg, we adopted her in January 2015 from Colin’s breeder. She has been raw fed since she was about a year old and I have never seen her refuse anything edible!
We received a selection of 500 g complete mince tubs in Beef, Duck, Chicken, Salmon and Turkey varieties and supplemented this with three 1.4 kg mince chubs and some meaty bones from our local pet shop.
Pup appeal: how much Colin and Rhapsody liked the food (9/10) – Nutriment mince went down very well in our house. The mince wasn’t the best we’ve ever had but it wasn’t too far off. They especially liked the Turkey and Salmon minces, thankfully the Salmon did not have the same windy effects of some other fish varieties we have tried! We have fed Nutriment bones since Colin was a puppy as they were available in our local pet shop and they continue to be a hit.
Poop rating: what it says on the tin, how good their poop is! (5/5) – I cannot flaw Nutriment at all based on the pups’ bowel movement. From day 1 they were nice and firm, we didn’t have a single loose stool the entire trial.
Packaging rating: how easy the food is to use/store and labelling (4/5) – Nutriment mince comes in either 500 g tubs or 1.4 kg chubs (big sausages of mince). The 500 g tubs are great, they stack well in the freezer and we had no leaking at all when defrosting which was great. If you do not use the whole tub in one sitting you can just pop the lid back on and put it back in the fridge. The chubs were a bit more of a challenge, once they are open you need to decant them into a plastic box which was interesting the first time but once you’ve got the technique down it’s not an issue! We defrosted them in ziplock bags as we assumed they would leak but we’ve had no leakage so far! Nutriment does not have specific bone percentage on their packaging which could make using their mince tricky for those that follow a DIY raw diet.
Price: value for money (8/10) – if feeding the 500 g tubs Nutriment works out to be in the middle of the field price wise; they range from £1.50 to £2.90. You can also buy multipacks of the 500 g tubs which work out at better value that buying individual tubs (10 kg for £32.00). The chubs are where Nutriment comes into it’s own, if you have multiple dogs or large dogs then the chubs work out at fantastic value, in fact we have only found one supplier online that can beat them on price per kg of meat. For a 1.4 kg chub prices range from £3.40 to £6.70, if you’ve got a large doggy family they are definitely worth trying! The bones from Nutriment are on the expensive end, they are of a good quality but a little too pricing for our liking.
Quality: quality of the mince; quality of bones (8/10) – the minces were generally of a high quality. We found a few of the varieties was a little too bloody for our liking but overall the minces were fairly chunky and did not seem over processed. Additionally, Rhapsody had suffered from a dry nose since we got her, we always just assumed that it was just the way she was but, three days into our Nutriment trial, her nose was suddenly nice and wet as it should be! Clearly she was missing something in her diet that Nutriment provided. The bones from Nutriment were fairly average, they were quite meaty but not the best we’ve had.
Variety of products (4/5) – Nutriment stocks a wide range of different proteins across their mince ranges. Their Adult range has nine different protein varieties including venison and duck as well as all the more widely available proteins and they also offer Puppy, Senior, Just.. and Dinner for Dogs ranges. Their bones are more limited in range, they have a variety of necks available but only four other bones.
Delivery and ordering: ease of ordering and quality of the delivery (4/5) – the Nutriment website is simple and easy to navigate. Shipping is determine by the weight of the food you order, 5-12kg is £6.50, 13-24kg is £9.00, 25-36kg is £11.00 and over 37 kg is free, all ordered are shipped for next day delivery. Their products are also available at dozens of pet shops around the country, their website has a retailer locator so you can locate the nearest Nutriment stockist to you. This is very useful if you do not have the freezer space to store large quantities of food!
Overall we were pleasently surprised by our Nutriment trial. Of the three main suppliers we found their mince to be of the best quality and, especially when feeding the chubs, it was also the best value. With the added bonus of Rhapsody’s dry nose clearing up, the pups thoroughly enjoyed the food that Nutriement had to offer and we would definitely recommend their food to friends and family. Nutriment is great for humans that want to feed their pooches a complete raw diet with as little faff as possible but I think it might be difficult for those experienced raw feeders that like to DIY due to the lack of specific bone percentages on their packaging.