New colors avoid migration in fruit preparations

by Jeff Gelski
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BEER SHEVA, ISRAEL — LycoRed Ltd. has launched a range of vegetarian red and orange colors with non-migrating properties for fruit preparation. In dairy products that contain fruit-based layers or stripes, the color appearance of the fruit preparation base should remain stable and not bleed color into the white dairy phase, according to Beer Sheva-based LycoRed. Colored fruit preparations using LycoRed’s colors may solve the issue and add color effects in yogurts, smoothies and desserts.

Formulation challenges may relate to stability to pH, light, temperature and oxidative degradation as well as to interactions with other ingredients, said Roee Nir, color and flavor global commercial manager for LycoRed. The company tested the new color line at its laboratories and at fruit preparation producers and dairy company facilities. The results showed clear, sharp-colored layers without any bleeding or migration.

The new color line is based on tomato lycopene and beta-carotene and covers a spectrum of color possibilities ranging from red to yellow. The colors are extracted from carotenoids. Tomato-O-Red formulations offer color with processing parameters of prolonged high temperature, light exposure and pH with no adverse reaction to vitamin C.

The lycopene line meets Food and Drug Administration regulations as a non-certifiable color additive and is approved for use as a colorant in the European Union.

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