Family Owned and Operated. From the beginning, Lotus has always been family owned and operated. In 2003, we created Lotus because of our love for pets and because we knew we could make something better. We also wanted to be very hands-on owners by learning and doing all aspects of making dog and cat food. We decide how our foods are made (small batches of kibble that are oven-baked and small batches of cans that are made in our own micro-cannery), and what ingredients go into them, which we feel are the very best. There is no multi-national conglomerate or private equity company telling us how to make our food.