Our Story

In 1995, four pioneers made their dreams a reality by founding Shanghai Freemen Life Sciences. Led by David Zhang, the courageous group of ingredient innovators first introduced glucosamine into the U.S. market, and has since grown Shanghai Freemen into a globally recognized manufacturer and distributor of specialty food and nutrition ingredients.

Flash-forward to today, Shanghai Freemen is a team of dedicated, expertly trained individuals with operations in four countries. We draw on our 20 years of global experience to deliver high quality, competitively priced products. Although we have grown since our humble beginnings, our foundation remains ingrained in everything we do – quality ingredients, unparalleled market knowledge, and a commitment to exceptional customer service.

Our Values

Although we’re an international company, we still practice authentic, old world values.
  • We act like owners and operate with integrity to build trust and close partnerships with each of our customers and suppliers.
  • We are transparent and inclusive throughout our entire supply chain. We would never sell you an ingredient we wouldn’t use ourselves.
  • We believe customer service ensures business success, which is why we provide each of our customers with a dedicated representative.
  • We hold ourselves accountable, and invest heavily in our Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Research & Development departments.
  • We strive to be market experts. With global headquarters in Shanghai, China, and a team of dedicated product managers, we are able to quickly act on our fast paced, ever-changing market.

Our Mission

From product conception through production and delivery, we are focused on supporting our customers by:
  • Supporting global requirements with the highest quality nutraceutical ingredients.
  • Identifying innovative ingredients to provide a first-to-market advantage.
  • Connecting customers with our best-in-class Chinese-based partners to make their products and vision a reality.

Our founder, David Zhang has been referred to as the “Glucosamine Godfather” because he was one of the first individuals to import Glucosamine and Chondroitin into the US.

Our Introduction

We invite you watch our video introduction of Shanghai Freemen, a visual and descriptive overview of our company. A company with the relationships, market intelligence and experience to understand and manage the full supply chain and provide full transparency on all of the ingredients it provides.

Our History

Our history is based on knowledge, experience, and the desire to bring the highest quality ingredients to the world.

1995

Four founders started Shanghai Freemen International and quickly became a leading manufacturer and global marketer of Glucosamine.

1997

David Zhang (CEO), aka “Glucosamine Godfather” became one of the first individuals to import Glucosamine and Chondroitin into the US.

1998

Introduced Glucosamine into the Japan market.

2003

Established US Headquarters in NJ to support US customers.

2005

Formed Shanghai Freemen Chemicals with a focus on agricultural chemical intermediates. Reached sales revenues of US $100 million.

2007

Invested in and started to produce Glucosamine in both China and Vietnam.

2008

Shanghai Freemen Group earned “Top five largest private export & import chemical enterprises in Shanghai” title.

2009

Invested in ZCHT (Zhucheng Haotian), a Stevia manufacturer and the largest manufacturer of Inositol in the world.

2009

Established Shanghai Freemen Japan in Tokyo.

2010

Moved Shanghai Freemen LifeScience to its current headquarters in Shanghai.

2012

Began tea partnership with Chengdu Wagott Biotech.

2014

Established Shanghai Freemen Europe in the Netherlands.

2014

Began Joywin Global Exclusivity partnership.

2015

Exclusively partnered with Innobio Global.

2015

Established Shanghai Freemen West Coast office in Brea CA.

Our Locations

With strategic locations around the world, we are able to provide our customers what they need, when they need it.

US Headquarters

Shanghai Freemen Americas, LLC.
377 Hoes Lane, Ste.240
Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
+1-732-981-1288
info@shanghaifreemen.com

Global Headquarters

Shanghai Freemen Lifescience Co., Ltd.
2500 Xiupu Road, Building 19 Pudong
Shanghai 201315 China
+86-21-6118 3110
sfls@freemen.sh.cn

Europe

Shanghai Freemen Europe B.V.
Prinses Margrietplantsoen 33
2595 AM The Hague, The Netherlands
+31-85-4854488
info.europe@shanghaifreemen.com

US West Coast

Shanghai Freemen Americas, LLC.
259 S Randolph Ave, Ste 270
Brea, CA 92821 USA
+1-732-981-1288
info@shanghaifreemen.com

Japan

Shanghai Freemen Japan Co., Ltd
Umemura Bldg Hatagaya 3F, 2-6-5, Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0072, Japan
+81-3-5333-0890
sfls@freemen.sh.cn

Warehouses

US Warehouses
Anaheim, CA – Kent, WA – Erlanger, KY
Cranbury, NJ – Salt Lake City, UT
Global Warehouses
Europe – Netherlands, Japan – Tokyo

Coming Soon

Australia