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The World Natural Colorants Market

  • ID: 4541982
  • Report
  • December 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 286 Pages
  • Ubic Consulting

This report contains information about colorants, focusing mainly on those that are from natural sources. It focuses on different categories of ingredients, their composition and nutritional benefits, their scientific background and the supporting studies as well as process of production.

It describes the global market of the main trending natural colorants and offers information about the main market players. Also, the report presents regulatory aspects about these ingredients and a list of patents.

It offers insights and information on the following:

  • Natural Vs. Synthetic: pros & cons
  • Natural colors: Origins & technical performances
  • Colorants breakdown by application
  • Market (Volume, Value & Prices)
  • Main Suppliers
  • Competitive landscape
  • Trends & Regulations

Due to the increasing awareness of the convergence between nutrition and health, food advocates are sending a powerful message to food processors that they want natural colorants in their food and drinks. This rising tendency for less artificial foods has opened new opportunities for improving the means of natural food colors creation. For that reason, many researches worldwide are being conducted and more products have been available on the market in recent years.

The market research report firstly reviews the basic scientific and technical information on natural colorants versus the synthetic ones. It gives a description of different processing technologies used for the production of natural pigments together with an overview of their current and potential applications. The study sheds a light on these natural ingredients from a consumers’ perspective.

The quantitative section presents a detailed assessment of the current and expected global market by each type of natural pigments.

The legal status part reviews the different regulatory frameworks of natural colorants on the market in Europe, Asia and USA.

The market trends section overviews the most prominent trends in the sector as well as what is in the pipeline regarding natural colorants.

The final part evaluates companies’ market shares and gives a complete analysis on main industry competitors, with financial data and patent filing activity.

The following segmentation details the types of information that will be presented in the report:


  • Anthocyanins
  • Carotenoids (Beta-Carotene, Astaxantin …)
  • Phycocyanins
  • Huito
  • Gardenia
  • Betalains
  • Tumeric
  • Caramels
  • Riboflavin
  • Spirulina Extract
  • Safflower
  • Carmine

Market Analysis

  • Natural Vs. Synthetic: pros & cons
  • Natural colors: Origins & technical performances
  • Colorants breakdown by application
  • Market (Volume, Value & Prices)
  • Main Suppliers
  • Competitive landscape
  • Trends & Regulations


  • Food industry (beverages, desserts, ice-cream, confectionery…)
  • Feed
  • Cosmetics

Region Covered

  • North American Market
  • European Market
  • Asia-Pacific Market


  • Main regulatory issues
  • Regulatory claims in Europe, Asia, and USA
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1.  Objectives of the Study   

2.  Methodology   

3. Executive Summary   

4. Introduction   
4.1 Food Colorants Industry Overview   
4.2 Definition   

5. the Supply in Natural Coloring Agents: Origin and Technical Performances   
5.1 Introduction   
5.2 Anthocyanins   
5.2.1 Definition   
5.2.2 Main Sources of Anthocyanins   
5.2.3 Factors Influencing the Stability of Anthocyanins:   
5.2.4 Applications   
5.2.5 Most Promising Applications For Anthocyanins   
5.2.6 Most Profitable Segments For Anthocyanins   
5.2.7 Less Profitable Segments For Anthocyanins   
5.2.8 a Large Supply in Anthocyanins   
5.2.9 Level of Competition in the Sector of Anthocyanins   
5.2.10 Anthocyanin and Nutraceuticals   
5.3 Carotenoids   
5.3.1 Overview   
5.3.2 Definition   
5.3.3 General Structure   
5.3.4 Industrial Uses   
5.3.5 Sources and Industrial Production   
5.3.6 Beta-Carotene   
5.3.7 Capsanthin and Capsorubin   
5.3.8 Lycopene   
5.3.9 Astaxanthin   
5.3.10 Annatto - Bixin & Norbixin   
5.3.11 Lutein & Zeaxanthin   
5.3.12 Saffron - Crocin & Crocetin   
5.4 Betalains   
5.4.1 Main Characteristics   
5.4.2 Extraction Process   
5.4.3 Main Uses   
5.5 Other Colours   
5.5.1 Yellow   
5.5.2 Red Colour   
5.5.3 Green   
5.5.4 Blue   
5.5.5 Black & White   
5.6 Colourants Obtained By Biotechnology   
5.7 Manufacturing  Processes   

6. Natural Colourants Vs Synthetics-Technical Performances & Consumer Acceptance   
6.1 Stability Challenges   
6.2 Main Advantages of Natural Colours   

7. Carrying Segment For Colouring Agents   

8. Global Food Colorant Market Size   
8.1 Global Overview   
8.2 Market Segmentation and Trends   
8.3 Application Areas   
8.4 Manufacturing& Selling Prices   
8.5 Barriers to Entry   

9. Food Colorant Market Analysis By Pigment Type   
9.1 Anthocyanins   
9.2 Carotenoids   
9.2.1 Market Overview   
9.2.2 Beta Carotene   
9.2.3 Lutein   
9.2.4 Saffron   
9.3 the World Blue Color Market   
9.3.1 Overview   
9.3.2 Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis)   
9.3.3 Natural Blue Colorant:   
9.3.4 Synthetic Blue Colorant   
9.3.5 Comparative Prices of Blue Colorant From Competing Sources.   

10. Food Colours Market Trends   
10.1 Trends in Consumer and Industrial Demand   
10.2 Natural Food Colours Market Trends   
10.2.1 Introduction   
10.2.2 Clean Labels / Additive-Free Foods & Drinks   
10.2.3 New Colour Development / Colour Changes   
10.2.4 Colouring Foodstuffs   
10.2.5 Health Concerns   
10.2.6 Natural Colours to Watch   
10.2.7 Cost Considerations   
10.2.8 Conclusion   

11. Regulatory Framework   
11.1 Introduction   
11.1.1    Usa   
11.1.2 in Europe   
11.2 Overview   
11.3 Eu Legislation   
11.4 Us Legislation   
11.5 Japanese Legislation   
11.6 Chinese Legislation   
11.7 Indian Legislation   
11.8 South Korea Legislation   
11.9 Carotenoids Regulation   
11.10 Blue Colorant Regulation   

12. Competitive Landscape   
12.1 Main Manufacturers of Food Colorants   
12.2 Key Suppliers of Carotenoids   
12.3 Key Suppliers of Beta-Carotene   
12.4 Key Suppliers of Blue Colorants   

13. Companies Profiles   

14. General Conclusion   

15. Annex I - Patent List   

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The approach is based on in-depth interviews with food companies completed by a desk review.

Market Size

  • Quantification of the market is based on:
  • Primary data coming from desk research;
  • Interview  with food companies and producers;
  • Experts interviews;
  • Database.

Market Evaluation

  • Desk search and experts interviews
  • Data-bases (internal, Dialog, Datastar)
  • Professional Organizations
  • Market players' annual and quarterly reports
  • Specialized press
  • Experts (consultants, associations, distributors, etc.)

Market Expectations
The researchers have done a series of interviews towards the industrial clients. Those user interviews give an in-depth appreciation of their needs and expectations in terms of ingredients usage and purchase.

Interviews of Industrial Users

Interviews are conducted at the R&D, supplying and marketing levels.