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The colors are designed to remain extremely stable in order to prevent color bleeding or migration when used in fruit-based colored layers or stripes in products.
LycoRed (Beer Sheva, Israel) has introduced a new line of natural, vegetarian red and orange colors for coloring fruit preparations. Using patented technology that is also kosher and halal, the colors are designed to remain extremely stable in order to prevent color bleeding or migration when used in fruit-based colored layers or stripes in products such as yogurt, smoothies, or desserts.
The Tomat-O-Red red color is derived from tomato lycopene and remains stable during prolonged high temperature, light exposure, and pH, with no adverse reaction to vitamin C. LycoRed’s natural lycopene line is approved for use as a colorant in food by both the EU, as well as by FDA as a non-certifiable color additive. The orange and yellow Lyc-O-Beta colors are derived from natural beta-carotene using the same technology used for the tomato lycopene.
“Stability during processing and throughout shelf life is one of the main issues the food industry faces when using natural colors,” stated Roee Nir, color and flavor global commercial manager, in a press release. “Formulation challenges can relate to stability to pH, light, temperature, and oxidative degradation, as well as to interactions with other ingredients. LycoRed has overcome these problems to produce natural carotenoids-based formulations delivering vibrant, stable natural food colors.”
In addition to being natural, the carotenoid-derived colors are healthful alternatives to synthetic colorants due to their natural antioxidant benefits.