ZIWI® is committed to the health and well-being of pets, and continually strives to produce premium foods that provide the best and most natural nutrition possible.
Over the past several years, we have received numerous requests from consumers to remove tetrasodium pyrophosphate (TSPP) and agar agar (binding/gelling agents) from our canned recipes. As an innovative leader that values consumer feedback, we actively began searching for healthier alternatives to these ingredients. Part of the research involved feeding trials, which determined that most pets prefer canned foods with loaf-like texture. To achieve this consistency in canned foods containing large amounts of meat some type of binder is required.
After evaluating many different binding ingredients, our extensive research indicated that the healthiest solution was using a small amount of chickpea. Chickpea has natural binding properties, is high in protein and provides digestive benefits for both dogs and cats. The inclusion of chickpea has only increased the carbohydrate content by an average of 1.8% on an as-fed basis, and only half of the total carbohydrate content is from chickpea. The remaining balance of the carbohydrate are provided by our meats and kelp.
Dogs and cats thrive on a high-meat diet, so we have increased the overall meat content in our cans. ZIWI® Peak canned recipes now contain a minimum 92% meat, organs, bone, and New Zealand Green Mussel (on DM basis). The net result of these changes is an improved and healthier formula, which we’re sure your pet will love!