Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 17 2018 - Page 51

Super-Stable colours that pass the test It’s no longer enough for food and beverage products to look good — customers now demand that the colours that make them appealing are achieved safely and naturally. More than three in five consumers globally try to avoid artificial colours.i However, going natural can also be technically challenging. Lycored therefore works closely with manufacturers to make it as easy as possible for them to get the benefits of the switch to natural without sacrificing stability. In line with that commitment, we carry out frequent research into the stability of our naturally derived colour solutions. For example, we recently tested the performance of our carotenoid-derived colourants in flavoured and coloured sparkling waters – one of the beverage categories for which they are ideal. Sparkling water was added to and Lyc-O-Beta TM delivered excellent strawberry-flavoured syrup and filled performance, demonstrating resistance to 250ml in PET bottles with 200 to fading and ringing, and lack of ppm of ascorbic acid added to prevent sedimentation. colour fade over a 12-month shelf life. Each sample was checked for ringing, Manufacturers now have greater sediment and fade at regular intervals. opportunities than ever to colour products naturally without Six of the seven Lycored colours compromising on stability. In fact, delivered good stability over 12 rather than creating limitations these months, with no ringing at all over 12 super-stable colours offer new ways to months in four of the samples. There position products as more natural and was no sediment in five of the seven fresh, with longer shelf life. samples, and clarity was good at the end of 12 months for Lyc-O-Beta TM There is a long-standing perception Researchers assessed the stability of Clear Emulsion and Tomat-O-Red TM that natural colours are harder to work three colourants from our Tomat-O- NGNS. The other colourants provide with than artificial alternatives. We are Red TM range, which is sourced from natural cloudy effect from the outset working towards a day when that is a natural Lycopene from tomatoes, and all four retained their natural thing of the past. and four from our Lyc-O-Beta TM cloudiness, which means no added range which is extracted from natural cloudifiers are required. BetaCarotene. For more information visit: In summary, both Tomat-O-Red TM super-stable-colours/ WRITTEN BY Christiane Lippert, Head of Marketing, Food, Lycored FDPP - 51