Nature’s Table Dog Food Review

Nature’s Table is an offering from Mars Petcare, and by the looks of it is their response to Nestle’s Purina Beyond.

Let’s see if it’s any good in our Natures Table dog food review…

Nature’s Table dog food review

You’ll notice the elegant packaging tells you the food is premium and natural, and the prairie-esque scene looks beautiful, but this is just marketing and needs to be overlooked. “Premium” is on most foods as a meaningless marketing word. Is all dog food premium these days?

Nature's Table Dog Food Review

The first ingredient in the Chicken with Farm Vegetables formula is chicken. This is what we’d expect given the packaging states “Chicken is the 1st ingredient”, but again this is deceptive marketing. It may be the first ingredient but it doesn’t make it the most significant ingredient. Chicken is 70~80% water, so once cooked at high temps into a kibble will whittle down to insignificantness. In truth it’s the ingredients we find in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th which make up the bulk of the food, and these are all grains.

When it comes to grains it’s wheat which is the most problematic, especially with allergies and itchy skin. Corn is regarded as one of the cheapest inclusions to bulk up protein in a food in the absence of more easily digestible meat proteins. Another cheap grain inclusion is the starchy sorghum. We find all these making up the bulk of the food, which makes it a cheaply made grain-based food. Corn gluten, or CGM, is another way to bulk up protein in a food, and we find that too.

Nature's Table Dog Food Review

Natural flavour is an ambiguous term often used to conceal a real ingredient which could put you off buying a food. It’s likely animal digest which we find in many foods, a broth from cooking up animals in a vat, and not as natural as the labelling would suggest.

The farm vegetables are a mixture of powders, of which we find carrot, pumpkin, tomato, and pea powders. These trace ingredients are all listed after salt.

Overall the food is grain heavy, and they’re not decent grains either. Carbs are estimated at a high 44% which isn’t great, and the bulk of the 25% protein will come from the corn and not meat. Purina Beyond is the better of the two if you’re looking for a major corporate brand of dog food, or better yet you can check out the best dry dog food shortlist.

Where to buy Nature’s Table

Nature’s Table dog food is available to buy at Woolworths.

Good points…

Beautiful packaging…

Bad points…

Grain heavy, grain proteins and not meat proteins.

* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).


Chicken, Corn, Wheat, Sorghum, Chicken Fat, Corn Gluten, Natural Flavour, Beet Pulp, Salt, Minerals, Natural Antioxidants, Citric Acid, Vitamins, Carrot Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Tomato Powder, Green Pea Powder, Yucca Extract.

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Lol I went looking for reviews because some days I just have a mood to look at reviews, can say I’ve officially lost the mood after visiting a Facebook page full of your dog should have kibble for his teeth and that wet or raw food only will kill your pet … I think I’ll go watch some Dragon Ball Super instead and release this pent up anger haha.

    • I grew up with Dragon Ball Z. Is it anything like that? Although I don’t have the time to guilty splurge on shows anymore. Being an adult is hard.

      • I grew up with it as well, it’s the best thing ever for anger or loss, man it’s helped me so many times, my number 1 fight that nothing could ever top was the Goku vs Frieza the whole 4 hours of it haha. I can say that Super actually topped that fight at one point, I had so much fun, the emotions I felt during that fight were amazing! but only that fight, I finished it yesterday decided to just watch it in Japanese as the English was taking too long to catch up.

        The ending was fun as well, had some epic shivers and that other feeling I get I can’t explain it because it’s unexplainable just know when I get that what I’m watching must be amazing because it only happens when I’m amazed or really into what I’m watching or reading even.

        I think when you have time you should definitely watch it, I thought I was going to hate it at first, but it gets better and eventually I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode. I was going to guess the episode but I won’t because I’m really not sure, I’d just start from 1 and reach 131 in your own time, each episode is around 20 mins.

  2. Got a free sample from Coles today, the little tray size.. Now i have a very fussy dog.. but non the less decided I would open it to see if she would even sniff at it.. she had gobbled it up before the grocery truck had even left our house. then she started to sniff the grocery bags to see if there was more.

  3. Same with what Susan has said I’ve been keeping my eye on the stock of these newly added foods and some older ones as well and they are not doing so well, people are smart and their not falling for it, but there’s still plenty of buy outs of the regular Pedigree and Purina in trolleys.

    Natures is on special for $13 after 2 weeks only 2 bags appeared to be sold. The cans are not selling all that well either maybe 6 were sold.

    Purina Beyond just sits there on special no one really cares about it.

    Farmers Market is just sitting there now as well, packed to the rim no ones buying it.

    I guess I also forgot that a lot of people buy online now as it’s cheaper and easier to deal with the bag and you can buy more and have it all in one simple box that you either pick up yourself or have delivered to your door, so I could see that as being the reason as well.

  4. Purina Beyond mustn’t of sold well cause its in the Clearance section at Woolworths Newcastle this is where Natures Table will end up ín 2-3 months the price is unbelievably high at $17 for a bag of corn, wheat & sorghum & wet tin also high in price at $2.60… Purina Beyond had better ingredients & was cheaper didn’t sell too well the same will hapen with Natures Table..
    Pet food companies must bank on people seeing the nice packaging cause thats what I notice straight away then I looked for the ingredient list & it was right down the bottom of the side of the bag you just could see all the bad ingredients I was so disapointed, it’s 2017 & we still have foods like we were getting in the 90’s you’d think they’d bring out another grain free brand like Applaws kibble with really good ingredient list, Applaws seems to be picking back up & always has a few bags missing from the nicely packed selves at Woolworths when I check out all the supermarket foods…Woolworths brand Baxters has stopped taken over 1/2 the selves & just has a little section now & is the first dry kibble on the left in the bad section Woolworths arranges all their pets foods bad on the left up to good on the right..

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