This article needs additional citations for verification. 2013-09-02 Haribo-Zentrale, Hans-Riegel-Straße 1, Bonn-Kessenich IMG german letters for kids. German confectionery company, founded in 1920 by Johannes “Hans” Riegel, Sr.
It is headquartered in Bonn and the name is an acronym formed from Hans Riegel, Bonn. The Landesmuseum Koblenz created a traveling exhibition about the history of Haribo in 2006. Haribo made the first gummi candy in 1922 when Hans Riegel, Sr. World War II, his son, also named Hans Riegel, took over the company. Haribo was accused of using Jewish forced labor in its factories during World War II, but denies this.
Haribo’s key brands in the UK are Starmix, Tangfastics, Supermix, and Maoam, with Maoam being its own line of chewy sweets. They were once the distributor of Pez products in the United Kingdom, but this is no longer the case. Haribo had been imported into the United States for many years by German food importers and sold at German and other gourmet stores at “gourmet prices”, mostly in bulk. In Germany, Haribo was not an exclusive gourmet product, but a mass market candy. Once this was done and Haribo products in US-style packaging were introduced at confectionery and fancy food shows, Haribo became a popular item. 400 employee manufacturing plant in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, scheduled to open in 2020.