Companies pair up for natural colors | September 18, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 37 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 37 | p. 12 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 18, 2017

Companies pair up for natural colors

Department: Business
Keywords: Food ingredients, natural food coloring, microalgae
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The candy company Mars plans to phase out use of artificial colors.
Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons
A photo of M&M chocolate candies in several colors.
 
The candy company Mars plans to phase out use of artificial colors.
Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons

The Japanese pigment firm DIC and Fermentalg, a French microalgae specialist, have signed a multiyear agreement to develop natural food colorings. Fermentalg will contribute its biotechnology platform and bank of microalgae strains, while DIC will bring applied research and commercial expertise to the partnership. Microalgae-derived phycocyanin is the main blue pigment used in natural food coloring. DIC says it supplies 90% of the natural blue coloring market from a facility in California.

 
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