Haribo made the first candy in 1922 when Hans Riegel Sr. made the first bear. After Hans Riegel Sr. died during World War II, his son, Hans Riegel Jr., took over the company.
Haribo expanded its operations, taking over many local sweet manufacturers in countries all over the world.
Haribo is the biggest manufacturer of gummi and jelly sweets in the world, with its products mainly consisting of gummi bears, other jelly sweets and liquorice. There are five factories in Germany and 13 throughout the rest of Europe. There are sales offices in almost every country in Europe as well as in the United States and Australia.