Haribo is a German confectionery company founded by Hans Riegel Sr. It began in Kessenich, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia. The name "Haribo" is an acronym formed from Hans Riegel Bonn. The company created the first gummy candy in 1922 in the form of little gummy bears called Gummibärchen. Since then the Haribo brand has gone from strength to strength launching many gummy sweets for the UK market such as Cola Bottles and Giant Strawbs.