For 80 years now, J.L. Freeman S.E.C. has been a part of the smart shopper's food cart across Canada. Committed to importing, producing, distributing, and marketing both household products and top-of-the-line products, our company is as well-established as any of the famous brand names it represents.
In 1928, John Lloyd Freeman foresees the major benefits in the branding and marketing of products, establishes a distribution network to represent well-known brands, and founds J.L. Freeman Inc., with a head office at the Place Royale in Old Montreal. The company associates itself with many famous brands such as Uncle Ben's, Kellogg's, Carnation, Papiers Scott, and S.O.S.
In 1962, Mr. Lloyd Freeman sells his company to ten of his employees, including Mr. Roland St-Charles who became the president of the company in 1981. In 1990, his daughter Carole St-Charles took over as president and engaged in a period of record-level growth.
Today, J.L. Freeman S.E.C. has four divisions and consists of 80 dedicated employees, which in some way are part of every family's daily life. Whether it's a child's favorite breakfast juice, the cough syrup to sooth a sore throat, the wine and cheese served amongst friends and family, or a cream to sooth dry winter skin, J.L. Freeman S.E.C. has been taking great care of its customers for many generations.
Dates to Remember
1992 The launching of the health and beauty division.
1994 The acquisition of the Société Commerciale Clément Internationale inc.
1997 The beginning of direct distribution in supermarkets.
1998 The acquisition of Novartis (line of Webber vitamins and Glycerodermine skin cream).
1999 The acquisition of the Pro-Servex Inc. distribution center. The launching of the real estate division.
2001 The construction of the refrigeration plant for cheese products. The acquisition of the Nilodor de Cusson UK line of products.
2002 The opening of a new head office in Boucherville.
2006 The implementation of a state-of-the-art ERP system.