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The objective of the study was to advise a client on the technologies used by companies operating in natural food colours in the EU market, including processing technologies, packaging technologies, anti-oxidant systems and emulsification systems.

Information was sought on the production methodologies and technologies used within this market.

The project aimed to provide:

  • A description of the existing natural color technologies on the market
  • A review of innovative solutions and new product lines
  • Analysis of shortcuts of customer production, equipment, technology processes
  • Recommendations of equipment suppliers and engineering companies
  • Basic plans for production


CPL used several key resources for this project. This included information on ~90 companies selling 690 natural colour products, profiles of 15 companies and their products and offerings, analysis of 55 patents, a comprehensive trade press search (84 articles are included in the report) and an analysis of relevant scientific literature.

Information was sought from key contacts within natural colours industry and academia. A total of 125 experts in colours were contacted during the course of the study. Details of 13 companies contacted were included in the report.

Table of contents



Principal Findings

Conclusions and Recommendations

Answers to Client’s Questions


Natural colour technologies

  • Encapsulation
  • Emulsification

Products and solutions for competitive advantage

  • Product formats
  • Product portfolio

Production shortcuts and improvements

Equipment and technology suppliers

Production plans

  • Layout of production facility (examples)

Markets and Trends

Market value and growth

Market trends

Recent market innovations

Players and Products


  • Product portfolios
  • Value proposition
  • Value chain

Product portfolio analysis

  • 15 companies



  • Market trends and strategy
  • Technologies
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Production

Contact reports

  • Contacts at 13 companies


Patent summary

Patent abstracts

  • Patents from 22 companies



  • Challenges with natural colours
  • Product format
  • Challenges in applications
  • Market
  • Regulations
  • Players and products

News articles

  • 73 news articles

Appendix 1 – Notes on Food Colours


  • Synthetic food colours
  • Natural colours
  • Use of colours


Characteristics of food colourants

  • Annatto
  • Anthocyanins
  • Beetroot
  • Caramel
  • Carmine
  • Carotenes
  • Copper chorophyllin
  • Curcumin
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Paprika
  • Spirulina

Anthocyanins and stability

Appendix 2 – Advanced Processing Technologies


Pressure-based processing

Extraction and water removal technologies

  • Extraction technologies
  • Water removal technologies

Appendix 3 – Product Portfolio Analysis

27 Tables

42 Figures

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