Haribo Comes to America

Without doubt, one of my families favorite treats.

So with the announcement this week that Haribo would be opening a factory in the Unted States, its a good time to review the history of the company with some fun-facts:

  • 1920 — Haribo is founded in Bonn, Germany.
  • Haribo is an amalgam of the founders name and city of origin (Hans Rigel, Bonn).
  • According to legend the original company’s capital included a sack of sugar, a marble slab, a stove and a kettle.
  • 1922 — Riegel invents Tanzbär, or “dancing bear,” a bear-shaped fruit flavored gelatin treat.
  • 1925 — Haribo unveils a licorice-flavored Schwarzbär (black bear).
  • 1946 — Following Sr. Hans death in an American POW. Hans junior takes over the company.
  • 1960 — Haribo unveils its golden Gummibärchen (little rubber bear) which we now know as gummi bears.
  • Today – Haribo announces opening of factory in Wisconsin.

It’s been observed that Haribo candies taste different in different countries (the recipe and ingredients are modified locally), so it will be interesting to compare the American produced ones with its German cousins.


Haribo has been in court battles with Lindt, the swiss chocolatier factory over the exclusive right to use of the name “Goldbear,” in reference to Lindt’s gold foil wrapped chocolate bear. The most recent ruling was in Lindt’s favor.



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