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Founded in 2010, Raw Bistro is a small brand manufactured in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. They appear to manufacture their foods in their own facility.They claim their meats are all USDA inspected, human grade and that their beef is 100% grass-fed. The company also appears to do a reasonable job of keeping antibiotics to a minimum in their proteins. Their produce is also organic, which is a nice feature that keeps the score high.
Raw food fans should note that, at the time of writing, Raw Bistro does not use High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) as a kill step. This doesn’t affect their product score, but is definitely worth noting.
As a smaller brand, Raw Bistro is not as nationally available as some competitors.
Overall, Raw Bistro stacks up well to other raw and dehydrated foods. It would be good to see a bit lower fat content in the Beef and Lamb Entrees, but the beef is 100% grass-fed, which is desirable since this will offer a better balanced essential fatty acid content. The other proteins seem to be conventionally raised, which is typical due to price and limited supply. The company does say it makes an effort to find pastured animals and those with lower antibiotic usage.
The raw food line seems to be higher in protein than the dehydrated line, which is desirable. The food also features some organ meats, which is a good feature in a raw or dehydrated food. It features organic produce, which is a definite bonus since organic foods are not GMO and are low in pesticide/herbicide residues.
When it comes to ingredient quality, it’s worth noting that many of these foods contain safflower, a highly processed seed oil that can be inflammatory. It’s also worth noting that the food contains added vitamin D and minerals including copper. Dog foods are recalled every year for vitamin D toxicity, which can cause permanent kidney damage in dogs, so this is worth noting since many raw foods use whole food sources.
Like many other brands, Raw Bistro does not report the omega-6:omega-3 ratio of their foods. This is important to know since AAFCO allows a very high ratio of 30:1, which can be very inflammatory.
Some of the foods also contain coconut oil. This food is rich in saturated fats and lauric acid, which some studies show can increase gut inflammation and permeability.
Overall, Raw Bistro isn’t the highest ranking raw or dehydrated food, but it ranks well. It would score better without the seed oil and we would like to see lower fat levels in some of the foods and a whole food source of vitamins and minerals.
The average score of each Raw Bistro dog food line is listed below. Click on any line to view the individual foods and scores.
Raw Bistro’s raw dog food line is considered a low risk food. It averages 50% protein and 8% carbohydrate, as calculated on a dry matter basis. The ingredient quality score of these foods is high except the food loses a point for seed oil. The food safety score is perfect, thanks to the organic produce.
Raw Bistro’s dehydrated dog food line is considered a low risk food. It averages 43% protein and 5% carbohydrate, as calculated on a dry matter basis. The ingredient quality score of these foods is high except in the proteins that contain seed oils. Compared to the raw line, the dehydrated food does lose an ingredient safety point for the heating involved in dehydration.
To date, Raw Bistro has not had any recalls or voluntary withdrawals.