Ger­many firm to make gummy bears in U.S.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Staff and wire re­ports.

Ger­many’s iconic BER­LIN — gummy bear will soon be “Made in the USA.”

Bonn-based Haribo, the com­pany that in­vented the gummy bear nearly a cen­tury ago, said Fri­day it would open a U.S. fac­tory in Wis­con­sin in 2020.

Haribo, founded in 1920, has had a pres­ence in the United States since 1982 with a sales op­er­a­tion, and is al­ready the top seller of gummy bears in the coun­try, but says it wants to grow fur­ther.

Com­pany head Hans Guido Riegel said: “Haribo of Amer­ica is the fastest grow­ing con­fec­tionary com­pany in the U.S.A., there­fore the step of start­ing our own pro­duc­tion there from 2020 is im­por­tant for us.”

The $242 mil­lion fac­tory near Kenosha is ex­pected to cre­ate 400 jobs, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

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