Updated 31 Jul 2017
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Butternut Box

Type of food Fresh complete
Dog types Pet dogs
Breed sizes
Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff
Dog ages From 12 months to old age
Pack sizes 125g, 200g, 300g & 400g pouches
RRP 400g pouches = £2.14

Nutritional rating

94%

At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
High meat content: Contains at least 30% meat (on a dry matter basis)
Hypoallergenic: Free from all ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs like wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
Clearly labelled: Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredients

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Nutrition

Ingredients List

Fresh Minced Beef (45%), Ox Heart (10%), Ox Liver (5%), Carrots, Sweet Potato, Pre-Soaked Green Lentils, Pre-Soaked Red Split Lentils, Peas, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Organic Ground Flaxseed, Cold Pressed Linseed Oil, Rosemary, Brewer’s Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide and Minerals.

Energy

140.0 kcal/100g

Typical Analysis

Crude Protein 15.44%, Crude Oils and Fats 4.67%, Crude Fibre 0.68%, Crude Ash 1.69%, Moisture Content 69.3%.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 1500IU, Vitamin D3 150IU, Vitamin E 40mg, Iron (as Iron (II) Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates) 25mg, Zinc (as Zinc Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates) 25mg, Manganese (as Manganese Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates 2.5mg, Copper (as Copper (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 2.5mg, Iodine (as Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.25mg, Selenium (as Organic form of Selenium produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3060) 0.02mg.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.

Pricing

400g pouches RRP

£2.14

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

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Made by: Butternut Box 44 Butternut Box foods listed
Company HQ: London, UK
Manufacturer's product description

" Super fresh meals for your dog. Made by hand. Delivered to your door.

Why we're the best thing since belly rubs:

- Developed alongside nutritionists and approved by vets.

- All our meals are tested on humans to ensure they're dog damn delicious.

- Made by hand in the UK with ingredients that are fresher than winter walks.

- No grains. No mystery meats. No preservatives.

- Perfect for fussy eaters or those who suffer from pupset stomachs.

- Everything we do feeds back into our company motto, 'Real good food, Real good times'.

How it all works:

1 - Introduce your dog - We tailor a box of delicious, pre-portioned meals to suit your pup's individual needs.

2 - Cooked to order - We source the freshest ingredients and make all of our meals right here in the UK.

3 - Super special delivery - We deliver in refrigerated boxes so you never have to hang about for our delivery guy.

4 - Happy Dance Guaranteed - Then it's just a case of opening, serving and setting their tails to "wag." "

Nutritional rating

94%

Review

high meat content

High meat content

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

natural

Natural

clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

Butternut Box is pretty remarkable stuff. What started as a couple of guys cooking for their own dogs has turned into one of the highest quality, most nutritionally sound complete dog foods in the country. While Butternut Box certainly ticks all of the usual boxes (natural, hypoallergenic, high meat content, no fillers or added nasties), the two things that really make it stand out are the impeccable sourcing of top quality ingredients and the gentle, low temperature (90℃ for one minute), small batch cooking that helps ensure those ingredients retain their benefits.

Having spoken at length with the two founders of Butternut Box, it is impressive to see how seriously they take nutrition. They have spent a huge amount of time and money carrying out tests and consulting some of the top experts in veterinary nutrition to really make sure that they are doing everything right. This may seem like the obvious course of action for a start up pet food company but from my experience this level of commitment is actually very rare.

The range is made up of four varieties, each with a different single meat source. All four contain 60% meat which, while not as high as some other foods on the market, is plenty by anyone's standards. Again though, the quality really stands out with all of the meat coming from Smithfield Meat Market in London (the same place many of the city's top restaurants source their meat) which must make it some of the highest quality meat found in any commercially produced pet food out there.

The veg portion is made up of carrots, sweet potato, peas, cauliflower and broccoli, all of which are brimming with natural nutrients and are excellent choices for dogs.

Lentils, particularly the split red variety, also make great options as they provide a good array of amino acids and fibre as well as a number of essential minerals.

Even in the fairly ubiquitous supplements lower down the ingredients list, Butternut Box go that little bit further by opting for organic flaxseed and cold pressed linseed oil.

The macro-nutrient profile is fairly standard apart from a fairly high protein content but since the protein primarily comes from very high quality meat sources, that shouldn't be an issue for any but the most protein-sensitive dogs.

A quick note about storage: Because no preservatives are added at any stage and since the food hasn't been pasteurised at the normal very high temperatures, Butternut Box does need to be kept refrigerated even when sealed. In the fridge it lasts up to 10 days so the company suggest receiving deliveries every few weeks, keeping several pouches in the fridge ready to go and the rest in the freezer.

And how about the price? At £2.14 for a 400g pouch and a reasonably low recommended feeding amount, Butternut Box isn't as expensive to feed as you might think. In fact, for a mid-sized dog, it's currently the least expensive 5 star wet food on the site!

So, what's in the bowl? One of the best all-round foods available at a very attractive price. Butternut Box might just be the next big thing!

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