Um. Yes, worded badly. The apple bears appeared in the Organic stores first, because a certain group of health-conscious/ organic-buying people also - for health or ethical reasons - are vegetarians of several kinds, and therefore rejected gelatine.
It might also be that at that time, organically produced gelatin wasn’t available in large enough quantitites - many people prefer Agar-Agar.
BTW, the German Wikipedia article says
2005 Haribo produced daily about 100 million Gummibears in 18 locations spread across Europe to ensure the delivery in over a 100 countries …
So apparently, no production in the US, only for them.
Have you tried ordering them at Haribos directly? (Seems to be Java: if the link doesn’t work, start at the homepage.)
Note: I don’t work for Haribo, I won’t get a commission, and I think Thomas Gottschalks ads for them are really dumb.