Haribo's Hans Riegel Passes Away at 90

Led candy company that created the gummi bear after World War II

Hans Riegel gummi bear

Hans Riegel

BONN, Germany -- Dr. Hans Riegel has passed away on Oct. 15 in Bonn, Germany, at the age of 90.

Born in 1923, after World War II, he went on to manage the family's candy company, Haribo, which created the gummi bear in 1922.

Founded in 1920, Haribo is the world's largest gummi, licorice and marshmallow candy manufacturer. Based in Germany, the Haribo name is an acronym for the company's founder--Hans Riegel Sr.--and its headquarters in Bonn. Haribo USA is based in Baltimore.

Haribo posted the following tribute on the company's websites:

"We are mourning an exceptional business man and also an outstanding personality who will be remembered by many as a friend and supporter, a mentor and not least also an inspiring role model. His pioneering spirit led to the establishment of a company that is unique in the world, and the creation of a brand whose global profile and popularity are almost unrivalled.

"We owe Dr. Hans Riegel a debt of thanks, as he had the foresight to change the company's direction in time to ensure its successful future and steady growth. All of us are now called upon to continue his lifetime's work together.

"Dr. Hans Riegel dedicated his life to Haribo, passionately pursuing the vision that the Haribo brand should bring a ray of sunshine into people's everyday lives right until the end.

"Our deepest sympathies go to Dr. Hans Riegel's relatives, friends and close companions. May they find the strength necessary to overcome this painful loss with fortitude."