Whole Dog Journal's Blog October 25, 2011

An Admirable Model: Lotus Pet Foods

Posted at 08:52AM - Comments: (4)

I’ve toured half a dozen dry pet food manufacturing plants, and to date, three wet pet food plants. In most cases, to secure the invitation for a tour, I am asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement, promising not to disclose anything that may be proprietary in nature for the owner of the plant or any information about which company’s products are made there. In the cases in which I was not asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement, I have been asked for my word about these issues anyway – which is fine by me. I’m not looking to become a pet food detective and spill company secrets; I’m looking for things that would be of some use to owners who want to know how to identify and purchase the best foods for their pets!

This is one of the reasons it was such a pleasure to be invited to a pet food plant with no strings attached. The owner and CEO of Lotus Pet Foods extended an invitation for me to tour their new (launched in February 2011) plant in Torrance, California. Could I bring my camera? Yes.  Could I take pictures and video of anything I wanted? Yes. Could I go through any door and see any label of any ingredient I wanted? Yes. Did I need to sign something? No.

One reason that the principals of Lotus are able to be so open: they do not yet produce pet food for other domestic pet food companies at their facility, so they don’t have to secure permission from anyone else.

Nevertheless, it was great to get to walk through a pet food plant and confirm that everything there looked exactly like how it’s described on the Lotus Pet Foods canned dog food label and on the company website.

Please check out our "2011 Wet Dog Food review" and our Web-only extra feature “How Canned Dog Food Is Made” and let us know: Were there any surprises? Do you still have questions about canned food?

Comments (4)

You are correct this is so different in a nice old fashion way, it is called honesty.. which in this generation of time 21st century is rare. If the word gets out on this it will take this company a long way... People that have a desire to do right by there pets are tired of all the hype. Also most of us would rather see less products clearly with the best for our pets in mine..
Thanks to WDJ and to Lotus...

Posted by: SHARON E | October 30, 2011 1:05 PM    Report this comment

It is helpful that Nancy tours the pet food factories. I would still like to know how she comes to conclusions since she is not a nutritionist.

Posted by: zippykay | October 28, 2011 10:09 PM    Report this comment

glad to see a truly honest company, but as you mentioned, "do not yet produce pet food for other domestic pet food companies"--similar to those companies (Wellness, California Natural, Innova etc etc..)who are packaged by Diamond Pets yet you continue to recommend.

Posted by: Aychee F | October 28, 2011 4:58 PM    Report this comment

My dogs love the Lotus food. I am so glad to see that the company procedures are as thorough as I had hoped. Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by: Karla S | October 25, 2011 1:42 PM    Report this comment

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