Haribo "Gummi Candy" - Stop using artificial colors and flavors in your U.S. products!
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I grew up eating gummi bears from Haribo that were made in Germany. They were made with real fruit juice and no artificial colors. The European gummi candy tastes better and has an apple flavor that the U.S. package doesn't. This recipe is still available and used in packages around the world, but not in the United States! In the U.S. the recipe has corn starch, palm oil, yellow, red and blue dye. Why does the U.S. market get a less quality product? When I recently contacted the company about this, I received the following response:
"Thank you kindly for contacting us at HARIBO. We are disappointed that you are not happy with our USA gummi candy, but grateful that you reached out and took the time to inform us. This brand has been in the USA for over 20 years. The American decision makers revised the recipe multiple times based on consumer research for this market. There is much discussion always going on and much investment in listening to this USA consumer today as well."
If you care about the ingredients that are used in your food, please sign the petition. My hope is that Haribo will understand that people in the U.S. are just as concerned about what ingredients go into their bodies as Europeans are.
Ingredient list in U.S. Product: Glucose syrup (from wheat or corn), gelatin, dextrose from wheat or corn, citric acid, corn starch, artificial and natural flavors palm kernal oil, carnauba was, white beeswax, yellow beeswax, Yellow 5, Red 40 Blue 1. Manufactured for Haribo of America Inc. Front of bag says HARIBO GOLD-BEARS (has a hyphen). Look on back of bag to see ingredients and where your bag is made. These used to say made in Turkey. The green bears are strawberry and there is no apple flavor!
Ingredients in European Product: Glucose syrup, sugar, gelatine, dextrose, fruit juice from concentrate (apple, strawberry, orange, lemon, pineapple), citric acid, fruit and plant concentrates (nettle, orange, lemon, mango, passion fruit, elderberry blackcurrant, apple, spinach, aronia, grape, flavour, elderberry extract, glazing agents, white and yellow beeswax, carnauba wax, fruit extract (carob), invert sugar syrup. Manufactured in Germany or Hungary. Front of bag says HARIBO GOLDBEARS The green bears are apple and the red bears are strawberry flavored!
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