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09th Oct 2023

John Burns awarded Life Time Achievement Award PetQuip 2023

by Burns Team Writer

John Burns …Life Time Achievement Award PetQuip 2023

Burns Pet Nutrition and The John Burns Foundation are delighted to announce that John Burns, MBE, BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and founder of the leading healthy pet food company received the highly regarded Lifetime Achievement Award as a Gold winner.

The award recognition falls as Burns celebrate their 30th anniversary, having been trading as the UK’s first natural and chemical free pet food company since 1993.

Held alongside and in association with PATS Telford, the PetQuip Awards cover Supplier, Retailer, Product, Export and Lifetime Achievement categories, with Gold, Silver and Highly Commended prizes for most categories.

Mr. Burns, who attended the ceremony where he was awarded this huge honour is a natural food pioneer and continues to be a driving force at Burns Pet Nutrition. His focus remains on campaigning for positive change in the pet food industry, be it through the charity, nutritional education, or award-winning products.

Mr.Burns commented on his award win…

“I am absolutely delighted to be recognised for this Award by the team at PetQuip and PATS Telford. It’s a huge honour, though needless to say, everything that has been achieved here is the result of the combined efforts and dedication of many colleagues working as a team, and I would like to record my thanks to them all”.


Burns Pet Nutrition is a family run business based in Kidwelly, South Wales. The natural pet food company has been feeding healthy and happy cats and dogs since 1993 and is helmed by John Burns.

All Burns products are natural, hypoallergenic and designed to suit all dog and cat breeds at all ages. Mr Burns is an advocate of healthy eating and believes that many of the health problems affecting pets are diet related and can be avoided with the correct nutrition.

Having been trading for 30 years this year, Burns Pet Nutrition is also an accredited Living Wage Employer and became the first UK pet food business to pay the real Living Wage. The company employs over 140 people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, as well as 13 members staff who work for the charity John Burns Foundation.

Burns continues to support over 30 charities long term and contributes multiple donations throughout the year. The aforementioned in-house charity, The John Burns Foundation, runs multiple community initiatives, such as Burns by Your Side, a scheme that helps school children improve their literacy and communication skills with the aid of trained volunteers and reading dogs.

Mr Burns has always aimed to ensure that the brand is not only to be known for natural pet food, but also for establishing and maintaining a legacy of good causes in the community. As such, the John Burns Foundation was set-up in 2006. The focus, rather than being solely animal based, has been a mix of constantly developing projects and partnerships.

The Foundation aims to help enhance the lives of disadvantaged people, by offering practical recreational facilities and life skill opportunities, as well as using the arts, the outdoors and events to bring enjoyment to the whole community. The charity has recently moved to its flagship new home, at Canolfan John Burns Centre, Kidwelly.


Last year, John was also awarded an MBE for services to business and the community in West Wales.