28 Jun 16 Next generation food pigments bridge divide between natural and synthetic
A new wave , “non-artificial” food colourings could be a viable halfway house between synthetic and natural colourants.
Merck, a leading science and technology company, has announced the launch of a new pearlescent effect pigment of the next generation, Candurin NXT Ruby Red, the first silica-based effect pigment approved for food use.
“Its intensive red, strong mass tone and superb stability make it a mineral-based and non-artificial dye alternative,” says the Merck PR.
Candurin NXT Ruby Red is an insoluble combination of silica and iron oxide. With a medium particle size of 5 to 50 micrometers, it displays excellent light, temperature and pH stability.
Candurin NXT Ruby Red reportedly imparts a distinctive finish to diverse products such as chocolate or baked goods, chewing gum or candies, fruit gums or other sweets. It also gives ice cream and beverages an unmistakable glitter.
The company says that, combined with excerpts or aromas of red fruits, it visually boosts the taste sensation. Candurin NXT Ruby Red can also be used to highlight special properties of food supplement tablets and capsules so as to underscore the value of the products.
Merck’s pigment innovation also upholds the claims “vegan” and “without any artificial colours” – unlike the food dye alternatives such as non-vegan Carmine (E 120) and synthetic Allura Red (E 129).
“Highly recognisable products with the unique and striking red pearlescent appearance of Candurin NXT Ruby Red are also set to succeed internationally since this new-generation effect pigment is widely approved, meets international food industry standards and has both Kosher and Halaal certification,” adds Becker.
Next-gen food colourings like Merck’s new silica-based pigment could offer a compromise between colouring foodstuffs and synthetic products. Yet, experts have questioned potential for consumer acceptance….