New Zealand Pet Foods was founded in 1987 by Russell and Karen Gawn primarily as a farm based processing operation providing local farmers with Real Meat Dog Tucker.

By 1989, demand had increased to include South Island wide sales to supermarkets, pet stores, and butcheries. This resulted in the need to relocate to larger premises in order to increase capacity and establish an injured stock procurement / processing service. In 2000, the company moved to Adair Abattoirs, inland from Timaru.

As demand for New Zealand Pet Foods products increased, and the processing operation proved successful, it was decided in 2005 to split the company into two divisions. Stock procurement and processing at Adair, whilst manufacturing, sales and marketing were relocated to a new purpose built facility in Timaru. This current structure allows for complete control over every aspect of procurement and both primary and secondary processing of raw materials.

Adair Abattoirs now run three stock collection trucks throughout the Mid Canterbury to North Otago region, which enables them to offer a quick and simple pick up service for farmers. It also has a number of NZFSA approved shooters contracted to supply rabbits, hares and wallabies. Stock that is processed through the abattoirs includes cows, calves, horses, alpaca, goats, wallabies, hares, rabbits and sheep.

Currently New Zealand Pet Foods provides a range of chilled and frozen raw meat petfood products to most supermarkets in the South Island. There are also Factory Shops, one at 32 Redruth Street, Timaru and the other at 16 Ouse Street, Oamaru, which sell a large range of pet food products for cats and dogs as well as treats and toys. These products are also freighted to a number of direct customers and shops throughout New Zealand.


General Manager of New Zealand Pet Foods and Adair Abattoirs
Stephen Allington

Sales, Marketing and Administration:
Kyla Welsh & Shelley Sisson

Timaru Shop Sales:
Kathryn Richmond, Naketa Ennis & Katelyn Sisson

Oamaru Shop Sales:
Kay Tavendale, Noeline McLean & Amanda Bugden 

Processing Team at Adair

  • Allan Hall
  • Sam Richardson
  • Mike Hamilton
  • Brad Bower
  • Karl Turner

Processing Team at New Zealand Pet Foods

  • Brendon Hand
  • Reese Patterson
  • Shane Gordon
  • Richard Willett
  • Sonia Ennis
  • Matthew Peebles
  • Sarah Ladbrook
  • Jeremy Taylor
  • Andrea Gordon
  • Lance Palmer
  • Corbin Gillespie
  • Tamara Mennie Sell

Jed and George

dogsJed and George are the New Zealand Petfoods cat food range taste testers. If they like it then it must be good as they are two fussy cats! Jed is a rather large male Tabby with a coat as soft as possum fur. George is a super fluffy ginger male who can regularly be seen chasing the dogs around the back yard. Both are solely fed a diet of New Zealand Petfoods products, with the Steak & Rabbit variety being the favourite.

Boston, Maddie, Billie and Lucy

Boston, Maddie, Billie and Lucy have our dog food range covered. Boston is a Golden Retriever who is water obsessed (he is wet in the photo as he has just been swimming) Give him food, a walk and a swim and he is one happy boy. He used to be a little chunky but since he has been fed Premium Dog and Ultimate Dog, we have discovered that he does in fact have a waistline. Maddie is a Alaskan Malamute who is in amazing condition. She has bright eyes, great teeth and the softest coat you will ever feel on a Malamute. Billie is a bit of a mix. The nature of a Lab with the look of a farm dog and the colour of a Staffy. Like Maddie, Billie's coat is soft and sleek and her overall health is fantastic. Maddie and Billie love the Ultimate Dog, Active Dog, meaty beef neck bones and the occasional cattle ear as a treat. Lucy is a Jack Russell with attitude galore. She is currently fed the Ultimate Puppy and loves a good raw chicken neck as a treat.