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Carmine is one of the oldest natural colorings. In the Paracas culture, for example, it was used to dye mantles. Nowadays, Carmine is used to provide a very pleasant red color from pink to deep red to food products in different industries. This is probably the natural coloring having the best technological characteristics among the […]

April 24th, 2018

When we talk about carminic acid, we are referring to E120, which is the name given to Carmine used in the food industry. E120 is used in any kind of food product that requires a shade from pink to red in order to look more appealing. As we know, the color of a product is […]

April 18th, 2018

Carmine comes from the Cochineal, a parasitic plant insect that grows on the pads of cactus fruit. This is used for the extraction of the dye that is made of two substances known as carmine and carminic acid. Carmine is one of the oldest natural dyes and is used in different industries as a pigment […]

April 17th, 2018

Natural food dyes are increasingly popular since they have no negative effects for consumers, whereas artificial food dyes do have; and because nowadays the consumer has a greater concern regarding artificial products choosing foods that contain natural dyes. Never forget that food needs to look appealing to the eye. It doesn’t matter if it tastes […]

April 10th, 2018

There are 4 different types of carmine that can be obtained; the variation in tone of the final product will depend on the type of carmine used. Liquid Carmine IMBAREX, which is a dark violet solution produced from aluminum lake and Cochineals’ Carminic Acid, is obtained through an aqueous extraction followed by a dilution process. […]

April 5th, 2018

Cochineal Carmine is one of the oldest natural colorings with the highest coloring power.  When used as a pigment (liquid), the coloring method chosen is dissolution, and its coloring power will depend directly on its purity. However, when used as coloring (solid), the dying method chosen is dispersion (color distribution along the material), and its […]

April 3rd, 2018

Carminic acid, which has a name derived from the Arabic-Persian word kermes, a red berry, is a complex substance used as red coloring extracted from cochineals (Dactylopius coccus). Cochineal is a small insect that lives inside tunas, feeding from the juice of the fleshy leafs it parasitizes, in the cladodes or main ribs of the […]

March 28th, 2018

Natural colorings are used to improve the appearance of products and attract consumers; as the quote says “first impressions last”, and color is one of the main characteristics for food preference. In addition, natural coloring is usually an option partly due to consumers’ concern regarding artificial coloring. Carmine is one of the most widely used […]

March 27th, 2018

Cochineal’s Carmine is known as the best natural coloring, due to its wide use in the food industry to provide color to products requiring a tone from pink to deep red, such as sausages, syrups, sweets, jams, gums, industrial cakes, vegetable preserves, ice creams, and dairy products, such as red fruits and strawberry yogurt, or […]

March 22nd, 2018

Achiote (or annatto) is a red to yellow natural pigment widely used in the cosmetics and food industry. It is extracted from a shrub’s seeds, also known as achiote (Bixia Orellana), native to tropical areas of America. Bixin and norbixin are the basic components of achiote, as well as natural colorings obtained from Annatto. Achiote […]

March 20th, 2018


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