We’re super excited to welcome a new supplier to the Cannings family – Ziwi Peak; a company whose love and compassion for pets extends to how they source the meat for our four-legged friends.
As a producer, they staunchly refuse to be involved with practices that engage in inhumane or harmful treatment of animals. Ziwi Peak demonstrate this by sourcing only free range meat and conduct all feeding trials & research programs using low-risk in-home testing protocols, often recruiting the voluntary services of their own employee’s pets, as well as the pets of their loyal customers – which goes to show their confidence in what they create!
Ziwi Peak products achieve the highest level of MPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) export certification because their meat is farmed in New Zealand by farmers they know and trust. There is a commonly held misconception that animal food should be lesser in some way than human food – which is fundamentally flawed. Yes the dietary requirements and palate differs greatly between humans, cats and dogs – but that doesn’t mean that one’s food should be produced with less care or less quality than the other – this is why Ziwi Peak’s products are human-grade – not so you can snack on Mackerel and Lamb pellets (the texture and flavour is much more nourishing for a cat) but because this is a great metric by which to ensure the quality, safety and reliability of their output. There’s no factory-farmed offcuts here!
Ziwi Peak’s lamb, venison, and beef are raised outdoors, in large open spaces all year round. They are pasture-raised and grass-fed with no added hormones or growth promotants, and are free of antibiotics. They are also GMO free. Their farms are owned by New Zealand families, with a strong culture of hard work, honesty and integrity. Can you see why this is ticking a lot of boxes for us? It’s not just the quality of the raw materials – it’s the integrity of the production process that impresses us too.
Pet owners everywhere have been getting on the raw food train recently – and why wouldn’t they? Raw food is often touted as the most nutrient-dense, digestible type of pet food and while this all sounds great in theory, there is one major drawback. Raw food goes bad…quickly! Not to mention, its premium price tag which is not economical when you have a large or multiple dogs. Kibble, while less expensive, is packed with potentially harmful preservatives and virtually void of nutrients; not exactly a stellar option for a concerned pet parent. So what do Ziwi do?
Cradled in North-Island New Zealand’s aptly named Bay Of Plenty, Ziwi’s operation utilises over 95% fresh meat, organs, bone, and seafood and are free from low-cost fillers like grains, corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice. What’s more, you won’t find any harmful, artificial preservatives in these products because Ziwi uses air-drying, a technique that has been used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, to preserve their treats, and cooking and to preserve their tinned foods. With these processes, they’re able to fend off bacteria such as e.coli, salmonella and listeria, while keeping the key nutrients intact.
What Ziwi Peak represents to us is very exciting – because they are an extension of the welfare ideal – but integrated into broader parts of our lifestyle. The standards that we strive for shouldn’t just be constrained to food for human consumption but that of our animals – and contributing to a lifestyle that is conscious of the harm and sacrifice that can go into making our consumer goods and giving us the perspective to demand something better.
- All Ziwi air-dried recipes are nutrient dense and 95% digestible.
- Free Range, Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished Farming.
- Mandatory Testing- verified by MIP of New Zealand.
- No Antibiotics or growth promotants
- No Artificial preservatives, sugars, glycerins, soy, potatoes, rice, wheat or rendered meals.
- Air-drying eliminates pathogenic bacteria- e: E.coli, salmonella and listeria.
- 21-months shelf life UNOPENED
Find them in-store or online here.
Images courtesy of Ziwi Peak.