Hans Riegel is born on 3 April in Friesdorf near Bonn, the son of Peter and Agnes Riegel. After leaving school, Hans Riegel trains as a confectioner and works for more than five years for Kleutgen & Meier. Further stages in his career include jobs at production plants in Neuss and Osnabrück. After the end of the First World War, Heinen, a company based in the Kessenich district of Bonn, is looking for a confectioner, and Hans Riegel becomes a partner in the business. The company name is changed to Heinen & Riegel. Hans Riegel goes his own way. On 13.12.1920, the firm of HARIBO is entered in the Bonn Commercial Register. Hans Riegel acquires a house in Bergstraße in Kessenich, where he sets up his first production plant. HARIBO, the world's biggest manufacturer of fruit gums and liquorice products, entered the UK market in 1972, when it acquired a majority stake in the English firm Dunhills (Pontefract).
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