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Haribo Boss Hans Riegel Dead At 90

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A spokesman for Haribo says that the business’ chief executive, Mr. Hans Riegel, died Tuesday. Mr. Riegel had undergone brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last year.

Deutsche Welle reports: Mr. Riegel and his younger brother, Paul, rebuilt their father’s company together after World War II. Founder Johann Riegel was known as Hans, and had named his company after the first letters in Hans, Riegel, and the business’s home city, Bonn (HAns, RIegel, BOnn).

The business grew to be world-renowned for its wide array of candy and sugary treats, not least its Gummibärchen, or gummy bears.

Under the Riegel brothers’ leadership, the company went global—even exporting its memorable slogan effectively into the English language. “Kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo” is an exceedingly loose but rhythmically pleasing translation of the original “Haribo macht Kinder froh, und Erwachsene ebenso.”

With a keen sense for promotion and marketing, Mr. Riegel secured domestic celebrities like extravagant game show host Thomas Gottschalk for prolonged television advertising campaigns.

Mr. Riegel could be found at the company headquarters, Hans-Riegel-Strasse 1, on most days even into his old age. Haribo employs around 2,000 people and logged turnover of just under $835 million in 2011.

Haribo’s deceased patriarch was awarded The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, first class, in 1994 for his social engagement and promotion of sports. Austria also honored Mr. Riegel with the golden order of merit for services rendered to the republic of Austria.

 

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