A new generation of yellow and orange beverage colors by Chr. Hansen

A new generation of yellow and orange beverage colors by Chr. Hansen
Press ReleaseNov 24. 2017 12:49 GMT

Extending its existing range of CapColors® and ColorFruit® Chr. Hansen is launching four new color solutions for beverage. With these two new orange and two new yellow solutions, Chr. Hansen wants to give beverage manufacturers better choices when it comes to color, performance and cost on the journey to naturality.

“At Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, it is our goal to help food & beverage manufacturers meet the increased demand from consumers for natural color ingredients. This is true also in the beverage category which has its own unique challenges with color when it comes to stability and performance. With our patented encapsulation technique and state-of-the-art emulsion products, we are able to provide stable color solutions with high resistance to heat treatment and light exposure,” explains Jakob Dalmose Rasmussen, Global Marketing Director for Chr. Hansen Natural Colors.

“At the same time, our range of solutions provides manufacturers choice when it comes to cost and where on the journey to naturality they want their brand to be,” adds Jakob.

Meeting market needs for natural beverage colors
Consumer preferences towards natural ingredients are on the move. In a recent consumer study from FMCG Gurus ‘65% of consumers said they check product labeling for artificial colors sometimes or more often’. These trends are also impacting the beverage category, where ‘30% of consumers said that Natural Color claims are important when it comes to beverage purchases’[1].

“At Chr. Hansen we are determined to stay in the forefront of innovation in the beverage color market, providing the newest natural color possibilities. That is why we are delighted to launch these four new solutions. They are an example of how we apply our innovative technology to serve the beverage industry”, states Jakob.

The two new CapColors® orange solutions utilize Chr. Hansen’s newest patented encapsulation technique to improve the functionality of the natural color in the final application. The CapColors® orange solutions require that the final application contains a small amount of juice to stabilize the color and secure that full strength of the color is obtained.

The two new robust, transparent yellow Colorfruit® emulsions offer a versatile color solution in both juice and non-juice based applications. The clear transparent color offers a strong natural alternative to dyes such as Tartrazine or Sunset Yellow.

Unique technology for improved functionality
Stine Kreutzmann, Technical Industry Manager at Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, has worked on the development of these new color solutions:

“The four new colors are in liquid form and are easy for manufacturers to use. The colors are high strength, versatile and robust, offering multiple shade nuances from deep orange to transparent yellow. All products are stable towards heat treatment and light exposure, and they do not create any neck ring in the final application. As we know cost is always a parameter in beverage production, we have strived to deliver a cost efficient solution without compromising on quality,” concludes Stine.

More information on these latest innovations will be available at Food Ingredients Europe 2017 in Frankfurt from 28th-30th November, where Chr. Hansen will present the products to the market for the first time.

For more information about our new generation of yellow and orange colors is also avilable on website.  

[1] Source: FMCG Gurus consumer study, 2017


Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.