IFT Preview: Lycopene Color Replacement for Carmine

July 2, 2013

The colors are a natural solution for food manufacturers who want to replace the insect-derived cochineal extract in their formulations.

LycoRed will showcase its new lycopene-derived color line at the upcoming IFT trade show. These new formulations of vegetarian red colorants are part of the company’s Tomat-O-Red line. According to the company, the new formulations provide deeper, red lycopene color with blue backgrounds, similar to the shades obtained from carmine. This makes them a natural solution for food manufacturers who want to replace the insect-derived cochineal extract in their formulations.

The new Tomat-O-Red lycopene colorant formulations are available in liquid forms, are vegetarian, and are free from any allergenic components as listed in the EU’s Directive 2007/68/EC and those identified in the USA’s Food Allergen Labelling and Consumer Protection Act of August 2, 2004.

LycoRed adds that a recently published Leatherhead – Mintel report showed that, in 2011, for the first time sales of natural colors overtook the sales of the synthetic/artificial colors. And, according to latest report from Innova Market Insights on natural colors, the strong growth from 2008 to 2012 of global product launches utilizing natural colors demonstrates the influence of various trends, such as natural and clean label. These factors, along with consumer demand, have fuelled the natural colorant trend.

LycoRed Ltd. Booth #3167