Suntava Quadruples Production of Natural Red Colorant

March 29, 2011

The colorant, a natural alternative to synthetic dye Red 40, is derived from a non-GMO purple corn hybrid.

Suntava (Minnesota) announced plans to more than quadruple the amount of its natural red colorant produced per acre. The colorant, a natural alternative to synthetic dye Red 40, is derived from a non-GMO purple corn hybrid.

Moreover, the company says, its extraction process is sustainable, maintaining the integrity of the corn so that the grain can be used for traditional uses within the food chain as proteins, oils, starches, or whole grains.

The company also announced a new investment partner, GroAlliance, “a well-respected company that excels in producing top-quality seed,” which it says will help it further expand as a supplier of natural colors to meet increasing demand.