How did I miss this sweet morsel before now? Haribo of America — you’ll know them best as the brilliant inventors of gummi bears, but they also make licorice and marshmallows — is based just down the road in Woodlawn, and has been since 1989! A Gen-Xer who grew up eating tons of gummis, I find this late discovery, which I just came across reading Sunday’s Baltimore Sun, kind of delicious.
Nice to know Baltimoreans can claim ties to the cool German company (named for founder Hans Riegel and the city where he launched his brand in 1922, Bonn); reassuring to read of their super steady financial growth. Haribo of America’s sales increased by more than 20 percent last year, Christian Jegen the U.S. division president told Lorraine Mirabella of The Sun. Their top seller: g. bears, which are distributed to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean by 14 Woodlawn worker bees.
Intriguing factoid: Did you know that 65 percent of candy consumers are adults not kids? Mirabella’s report suggests further that 30-somethings, especially, often opt for the gummi treat they grew up gobbling–and yanking out of their teeth. No massive surprise for this cavity-and-root-canal veteran.