Our History

Our story started in 1947 in the East Side of Manhattan, when Nat Colby, Mike Goldfarb and Carl Zoll, two pharmacists and a holistic physician, acted upon a shared belief that it is better to prevent diseases with vitamins and minerals than to treat them with pharmaceuticals.
Since then, we have had one mission: To provide consumers with the highest quality nutritional products sold by educated retailers to help promote optimal health.

Our attention to detail at every stage from manufacturing to distribution has enabled Solgar® to set, maintain and raise the 'Gold Standard' for quality and attention to detail in a constantly evolving and competitive industry. Therefore we focus on the following areas.




Researched, Science-Based products 
Solgar® is renowned world-wide for its innovative, science-based product line, and our expert-led Research & Development department ensures that every product is thoroughly researched. Indeed, Solgar® also supports and encourages research on both existing and potential new products by donating funding and product to existing research studies.


State-of-the-Art Manufacturing 
Our state of the art manufacturing facility is completely up-to-date in both design and function, complying with dietary supplement Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and meeting pharmaceutical standards for machinery, procedures, quality control and environmentalism. This actually exceeds the standards required by the supplement industry but ensures that Solgar® quality is not compromised at any time during the manufacturing process. Indeed with our own quality control laboratory and distribution facilities, we can guarantee accountability throughout the entire process.


Quality Control 
We strive for excellence and have the highest standards for quality. We employ a rigorous system of quality control measures within our on-site laboratory (a rarity within the industry) to test products at every stage of manufacturing, from raw material to finished product. All raw material entering our manufacturing facility is subject to stringent tests to ensure they are of the highest quality and purity. Any raw materials not meeting our exacting standards are immediately rejected and returned to suppliers. No product leaves our facility without meeting our 'Gold Standard' for excellence.




USP Water Purification System 
Our facility benefits from a state-of-the-art USP reverse osmosis water purification system. This $1 million filtration technology is not required by Good Manufacturing Practice but it is part of our overall commitment to manufacturing excellence.


Recyclable High Quality Amber Glass Bottles 
Solgar® is known for our 100% recyclable, non-leaching, non-porous, and odourless glass bottles. Although these "old style" medicine bottles are more expensive, we use them because they protect against heat, light and moisture, thereby preserving nutrient potency.


Product Information 
To help retailers, healthcare professionals, pharmacists, journalists and consumers understand how supplements work, Solgar® provides a team of nutritional experts to answer technical questions by phone, mail or e-mail.




HEPA Air Filtration System 
As part of Solgar®'s commitment to purity, this air filtration system is utilised in our manufacturing facility to filter all the air that circulates, removing 99.9% of all airborne particles. Samples of both air and water are also routinely tested in our quality control laboratory.


Workers at our manufacturing facility routinely disassemble and clean every piece of machinery after each formula change. The equipment is broken down into hundreds of parts and may take up to eight hours to clean and reassemble. In fact, many of our machines spend longer being cleaned than they do making products. We also use food-grade, environmentally friendly cleaners to sanitize equipment between batches.


Kosher Certified 
Solgar® selected KOF-K Kosher Supervision to certify our products. This international organization follows the strictest laws of the kosher observance.


Halal Certified.
Solgar® chose the Halal Food Authority (HFA), a U.K.-based organization that adheres to the strictest laws of Halal, to certify our products.


Aqueous Coated Tablets 
Solgar® was one of the first in the Natural Products Industry to stop using shellac, a solvent-based tablet coating agent, and to introduce a natural, water-based coating instead for all of our coated-tablet products. This natural, water-based coating improves disintegration and dissolution, providing better absorption of the nutrients.


Globally Recognized 

Solgar® is distributed world-wide in over 50 different countries, with affiliate offices in the U.K., Spain, South Africa, and New Zealand.