Cochineal Carmine

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Cochineal Carmine is a natural dye highly valued for its coloring properties and its wide range of applications in various industries. It comes from the insect commonly known as cochineal. This pigment has been used since ancient times by various pre-Columbian cultures in America to dye fabrics and as an important input in the production of food and cosmetics. Over the years, carmine production has remained significant, with Peru standing out as one of the leading producers globally.

Peru and its Important Contribution to Cochineal Carmine Production

Peru has historically been recognized as one of the leading producers of Cochineal Carmine in the world. The favorable climatic conditions and the abundance of cochineal in different regions of the country have allowed the development of a flourishing industry around this valuable natural pigment.

Cochineal is cultivated in various regions of Peru, especially in the valleys of the coast and the highlands, where climatic and geographical conditions provide the perfect habitat for the growth of these insects. The care and collection of cochineal are tasks that require ancestral knowledge transmitted from generation to generation, which highlights the cultural value surrounding this activity.

The Imbarex Company and its Leadership in the Production of Cochineal Carmine

Within the productive panorama of Carmine de Cochineal in Peru, the company Imbarex has stood out as a key player in this industry. Founded in the 2000s, Imbarex has established itself as one of the leading producers and exporters of natural pigments in the country.

The company has demonstrated a constant commitment to the quality and sustainability of its production. Through environmentally friendly cultivation and extraction techniques, Imbarex has managed to maintain high standards of purity and potency in its natural pigments, including Cochineal Carmine.

Cochineal Carmine and its Applications in the Food and Cosmetic Industry

Cochineal Carmine is used in a wide variety of industrial applications, especially highlighting its use in the food and cosmetic industry. In the food sector, this natural pigment is appreciated for its ability to provide vibrant and stable colors in a wide range of products, such as beverages, dairy, confectionery and sausages.

In the cosmetic industry, Cochineal Carmine is valued for its safety and its properties to provide intense tones in lipsticks, eye shadows and nail polish, among other products. Its natural origin is especially attractive for brands looking to offer more sustainable and environmentally friendly products.

Application of Cochineal Carmine

Carmine lacquers are products derived from Cochineal Carmine, where this natural pigment combines with metal salts, such as aluminum or calcium, to form a water-insoluble lacquer. These lacquers are mainly used in the food industry to improve adhesion and color stability in products containing moisture or fats, such as candies, chewing gums, tablet coatings, and some bakery products.

The main advantage of carmine lacquers is their ability to provide intense colors and resistant to changes in pH and light, ensuring that products maintain an attractive and uniform color throughout their shelf life. In addition, they are widely used in the cosmetic industry to add vibrant and long-lasting colors in products such as lipsticks, eye shadows, and nail polish.

Water-soluble carmine, as the name implies, is a form of carmine specially designed to be soluble in water. It is achieved by a process of chemical modification of Cochineal Carmine, which allows it to be easily dispersed in aqueous liquids.

This type of carmine is mainly used in the food industry to dye liquid products such as beverages, juices, soft drinks, ice cream, jellies and liqueurs. The ability to dissolve in water ensures uniform color distribution, resulting in vibrant and attractive tones in products.

Water-soluble carmine is also applied in personal care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, gels and lotions, where water-based coloring is necessary. Like carmine lacquers, this type of carmine provides a natural and safe alternative to artificial colors, making it a preferred choice for those looking for healthier, more sustainable products.

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