GNT doubles capacities for blue and green colouring foods
GNT, a global provider of colouring foods, has started the construction of a new spirulina plant at its headquarters that will more than double its capacities for blue and green colouring foods.
Loctaed in Mierlo, the Netherlands, the move is set to drive further growth for the family-owned company, which already produces enough spirulina to colour more than one billion portions of food per year.
As a consequence of increasing scepticism towards additive colourants, the global market for food colouring is experiencing a strong rise in the demand for spirulina-based colouring foods – and spirulina’s quickly developing application possibilities are fuelling demand all around the world.
Dr. Hendrik Hoeck, managing director of the GNT Group, explains: “More and more major food and beverage companies are announcing the replacement of artificial colours. Being the only natural alternative to artificial dyes such as patent blue V (E 131) or brilliant blue FCF (E 133), the alga plays a highly important role in natural colour solutions. Anticipating this role, GNT was the first to develop colouring foods from spirulina more than 20 years ago. That is why we can now offer an ample supply for current market needs and have the required processing technology and unique expertise to provide high-quality products and tailor-made application support.”
The new spirulina plant seeks to further improve GNT’s production and make processing even more efficient, while cost effectiveness is virtually guaranteed by high automation and low energy consumption of the factory. Operations will commence in August 2017.
The GNT Group offers a full line of stable and high-performing blues and greens for nearly all applications, and carries out its own production of spirulina – meaning that the company is completely integrated, from the cultivation of the raw material to processing and the final application. To ensure best quality and constant availability, the company’s own biologists continuously monitor the production and supply.
The spirulina-based solutions are concentrates manufactured exclusively with physical methods and water. No organic solvents, chemicals or other artificial additives are applied, making them ideal for clean label products.