ROSEMONT, ILL. — Haribo of America, Inc., a division of Bonn, Germany-based Haribo Group, said it will acquire a property in Kenosha County, Wis., where it plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility. The company’s Gold-Bears brand is the No. 1 selling gummy bear brand in the country.
“The decision to build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin is of great importance for the Haribo Group,” said Hans Guido Riegel, managing partner of the Haribo Group. “Haribo of America is the fastest growing sugar confectionery business in the U.S., hence the strategic importance of our manufacturing facility to commence production in 2020.”
The company examined a number of sites over the past few years for its first manufacturing facility in the United States, said Rick LeBerge, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Haribo of America, Inc.
The family-owned company, now in its third generation, produces 100 million gummy bears daily globally at its 16 production facilities throughout Europe. Haribo Group employs nearly 7,000 worldwide.“As we are embarking on building one of the largest facilities in the confectionery industry this location provides ideal conditions to further grow Haribo’s successful business in the U.S.,” said Wes Saber, executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Haribo of America, Inc.