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Marking the final stage of a two-day visit to the Leeds City Region, His Royal Highness enjoyed a rare tour of HARIBO’s new, £92m facility to see how the brand’s much-loved treats are made and also to meet more than 150 team members who had gathered to celebrate the occasion.

Alison Satterthwaite, Brand Manager (UK Lead Brands & Ireland) comments: “It was very exciting. Prince Harry was great! He was really interested to understand everyone’s role within the business and made the effort to meet as many people as possible. He was so friendly and made us all feel comfortable so that we could all enjoy the experience. A wonderful, memorable day.”

Chris Ward, Machine Operator who spoke to Prince Harry during the tour of the Castleford based factory commented: “It was like talking to one of the team! Prince Harry asked me lots of questions and was really interested in how everything worked, about my job and also my family.  It really was a fantastic experience.”

Joan Bradley, a member of the HARIBO UK team for almost 48 years comments: “I was really nervous about meeting Prince Harry, but I didn’t need to be. When he came to say hello he was so down to earth and approachable. Simply a lovely young man.”

Herwig Vennekens, Managing Director of HARIBO UK comments: “We are very proud to have been a part of Prince Harry’s visit to our region, it was a real privilege to show him our new home in Castleford and to introduce him to so many members of our team - an experience that we will certainly treasure.”

HARIBO, a family-owned business with a 100 year history of making much-loved sweets, demonstrated how the experience and expertise of its UK team is leading the market, whilst also enhancing the regions rich heritage in confectionery production. To this day HARIBO, which first entered the UK market in 1972, still produces Pontefract Cakes, the liquorice treat that was originally created by Dunhills of Pontefract more than 250 years ago.

Prince Harry followed in the footsteps of Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who visited HARIBO’s Pontefract based factory in 2010. Just five minutes from the new facility, HARIBO’s Pontefract factory employs more than 540 team members to make HARIBO one of the leading employers within the local area.


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