Haribo is Closing One of its Five Locations in Germany

The confectionery manufacturer Haribo is closing one of its five locations in Germany to date. At the end of the year, production in the smallest German Haribo plant in Wilkau-Hablau near Zwickau in Saxony is to be discontinued, as the family company announced on Friday. Around 150 employees are affected. Socially acceptable solutions are to be found for them within the framework of a social plan. If possible, they will be offered a change to one of the other German plants.

A recently completed profitability audit of the production sites was decisive for the closure, reported Haribo. It has led to the result that the Wilkau-Hablau site no longer meets the requirements for an economical and efficient production structure. “Disproportionately high investments” would be necessary for the plant in order to align the production processes with future requirements.

“We are striving to expand our market-leading position in the fruit gum and liquorice market worldwide. For this we need a state-of-the-art production network and efficient supply chains in view of the rapidly changing market requirements,” said Michael Molsberger, Managing Director of Production and Technology at Haribo Germany. In future, the confectionery manufacturer will bundle production at four locations in Germany: Bonn, Grafschaft, Neuss and Solingen.

The decision met with sharp criticism in Saxony. “The closure within a few weeks is a shock for the entire region,” said the Zwickau DGB district chairwoman and member of the Bundestag Sabine Zimmermann. “The loss of jobs is particularly serious in the Corona crisis.” She asked the Haribo management to examine alternatives to a closure and to continue operations.

At the location in Wilkau-Hablau, gummy bears were already being produced in GDR times and delivered to the West. In 1990 the company then went to Haribo.

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