Would job costing or process costing be used for gummy bears produced at the US Haribo manufacturing plant?

Close up photo of lots of gummy bears

Haribo has manufactured gummy bears since 1920. Those bears are currently made in 16 plants around the world. Starting in late 2022 or early 2023, those gummy bears will also be made in the US when Haribo finishes construction on its new plant in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Worldwide, about 100 million gummy bears are made by Haribo per day. The ingredients in gummy bears are sugar, glucose syrup, starch, flavoring, food coloring, citric acid, and gelatin.

Gummy bears are made in a special machine called a starch mogul. A flat gummy bear mold tray is filled with powered starch. (The flat tray is why gummy bears are flat on the backside.) A hot, liquid gummy bear mixture is poured into the tray. The tray is cooled overnight and then the gummy bears are removed and the process starts over with the now emptied tray with more of the gummy bear mixture.  Gummy bears are package by machine into a variety of package sizes.

The Haribo gummy bears come in five colors including red (raspberry), green (strawberry), colorless (pineapple), orange (orange), and yellow (lemon.)

View a quick tutorial video about process costing basics at this link and then answer the following questions.


  1. Would job costing or process costing be used to calculate product cost for Haribo gummy bears? Explain.
  2. What direct materials are used in the production of gummy bears?
  3. What direct labor costs are likely to be incurred in the production of gummy bears?
  4. Give several examples of manufacturing overhead costs that are likely to be incurred by Haribo in the production of its gummy bears at the US plant.
  5. From the production process description provided, at what point do you think most of the direct materials are added to the process when manufacturing gummy bears?
  6. At the end of the month, approximately what percentage complete will those gummy bears be with respect to direct materials?

Copyright 2022 Wendy M. Tietz, LLC

About Dr. Wendy Tietz, CPA, CMA, CSCA, CGMA

Dr. Wendy Tietz is a professor of accounting at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. She is also a textbook author with Pearson Education.

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: