“Quantum Colours is among the top colour suppliers.”

While Quantum Colours primarily supplies synthetic colours to the food industry, we have also recognised the value in offering a wider selection of solutions to our customer base. Realising the advantages in making the change to natural colours, and managing this change, is often a challenge.

Primary Colours :

Quantum Colours has sourced viable solutions for various application areas and has also developed our own offering called Glacier for use beyond coating systems for pharmaceutical applications into the food industry.

Our primary colours are both Kosher and Halaal certified and also available as FDA (+) approved and certified as well as in various blended shades.

Some typical food applications: Ice Cream, Snack Foods, Soft Drinks, Sauces, Jams, Sea Food, Dairy Products, Confectionary, Baked Goods, Icings, Dry Pet Food etc.

Water Soluble Powder Primary colours suitable for Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic & Industrial applications:

Food colour is an important property of any food item with red and yellow as chief food colours, grabbing attention.  Red indicates appetizing, ripeness and sweetness.  Yellow, happiness, optimism and good feeling, while Orange is vibrant and suggests vitality.

Quantum Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic & Industrial Colours available: Sunset Yellow, Ponceau, Tartrazine, Carmoisine, Quinoline Yellow, Brillant Blue, Erythrosine, Allura Red, Indigo Carmine, Bronw, Amaranth, Red, Black, Green and Patent Blue.

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Blended Colours suitable for Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic & Industrial applications:

Quantum Colours is suitably placed to meet customers’ growing demands. Blends of similar (or different) colour sources can be considered to assist in giving an improved balance of each individual colour’s strength in the end application. This is another area where Quantum Colours will be focusing our attention, with some colour blends already on offer, either for improved shade differentiation or improved performance, while colouring foodstuffs such as orange carrot or redbeet concentrate will continue to be of value for improved clean label requirements.

Our new applications laboratory is available to shade and colour match to specific requirements and /or Pantone references.

Water Soluble Powder Blended colours suitable for Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic & Industrial applications:

Butchers Red, Lime Green, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Pineapple, Black, Raspberry, Ice Blue, Orange, Olive Green, Mustard, Yellow Lemon, Guava, Beef Red, Cola Brown, Tomato Red, Green and Grape.

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Globally, manufacturers of food are looking more at natural colours as possible alternatives to synthetic colours. The demand for natural colours has increased with consumers becoming more conscious about additives, and requiring products to be natural as possible. Some natural colours are extracts and can therefore be labelled without E numbers – making them “perfect additives”. Even better, some natural colours allow for health claims – for instance, antioxidant properties.

Quantum Colours are continuously looking at various technologies to improve the effective use of natural colours and to bring increased stability to these products. An improved encapsulation technique is just one of the solutions being explored at present.

With an increased demand for natural colours and the continued growth of synthetic colours, it is evident that synthetic and natural colours will continue to co-exist and may not necessarily be pitted against each other.

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Natural colours suitable for Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic & Industrial applications:

Typical Applications: Ice-cream, Alcoholic beverages, Seafood (permitted levels vary and must be checked and verified with your regional regulatory body), Processed cheese, Dairy desserts, Snack foods, Baked goods, Icings, Dry pet foods (unlimited use within good manufacturing practice).  Also widely used in sausage casings, smoked fish, margarine, snacks, cheese and cereals.

Physical Form as per table above: Water Soluble Powder | Water Soluble Liquid | Oil Soluble Liquid

Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food colouring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana) native to tropical regions from Mexico to Brazil.

Betanin, or Beetroot Red, is a red glycosidic food dye obtained from beets.  The most common uses of betanin are in colouring ice cream and powdered soft drink beverages; other uses are in some sugar confectionery, e.g. fondants, sugar strands, sugar coatings, and fruit or cream fillings.  In hot processed candies, it can be used if added at the final part of the processing. Betanin is also used in soups as well as tomato and bacon products.  Betanin has nearly no potential as an allergen.

Chlorophyll (also chlorophyll) is any of several related green pigments found in the mesosomes of cyanobacteria, as well as in the chloroplasts of algae and plants.

Iron oxides are chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen.  Oxides occur naturally and are available in red, yellow, and black.  They are mostly earthy colours.

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from the earth, processed and refined, and added to a variety of foods, as well as other consumer products.  White in colour, is used to enhance the colour, sheen and in some cases give opacity.

Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. Turmeric powder has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavour and earthy, mustard-like aroma.

Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects.  Found naturally in a number of foods, anthocyanins are the pigments that give red, purple, and blue plants their rich colouring.  In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory benefits.

Beta Carotene is an organic, strongly coloured yellow-orange-red pigment abundant in plants and fruits.  It is a member of the carotenes,

Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid hydrocarbon found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, grapefruits, and papayas, but it is not present in strawberries or cherries.  Although lycopene is chemically a carotene, it has no vitamin A activity.

Paprika or Paprika Extract is extracted from red fruits (Pepper), and capsicum annum L. is mostly grown in countries like Hungary, Spain, China, South America, Africa and USA.  It is well known as a spice with a bit of pungent or peppery taste and is an important ingredient in many recipes.  It gives a reddish-orange hue and varies from strength to strength in colour units.

Caramel is a medium to dark-orange confectionery product made by heating a variety of sugars.  It can be used as a flavouring in puddings and desserts, as a filling in bonbons, or as a topping for ice cream and custard.


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