HARIBO Gummy Candy, a German-based confectionary company and maker of the popular gummy bear candies, said it will open in 2020 a U.S. factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
“On behalf of the state, I want to thank HARIBO for its decision to establish its North American manufacturing operations in Kenosha County, and I applaud the company for its commitment to Wisconsin,” Kenosha County. Governor Scott Walker said in a statement. “As a global company with products that are loved by millions, and a legacy that dates back nearly a century, HARIBO is a great fit with the many other iconic companies that already call Wisconsin home. The state’s business-friendly climate and strong fiscal management, along with our dedicated workforce and reliable infrastructure, are among the many reasons HARIBO decided Wisconsin was the right choice for this facility.This project would not have been possible without the outstanding partnership between the company, state government and local and regional officials, who have worked tirelessly on this project for months.”
The German gummy maker followed with this statement: “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 USA, hence the strategic importance of our manufacturing facility to commence production in 2020.”
“HARIBO has already been in the process of selecting a location for a first manufacturing facility in the USA for several years. In an elaborate process, we have examined many different sites. We are very excited to announce this important decision today“, states Rick LaBerge, executive VP and COO at HARIBO of America Inc.
“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 USA”, says Wes Saber, executive VP and CFO at HARIBO of America Inc.