Natural blue confectionery ingredient unveiled by Chr.Hansen
Ingredients company Chr.Hansen has developed FruitMax blue, a unique liquid blue developed to protect its colour the instant it hits hot candy masses.
Blue is a rare colour in the natural colour pallete, with there being only one globally accepted natural source of blue colours, which comes from spirulina.
However, spirulina formulations may not be effective in the tough production conditions of boiled candies.
For the most part, manufacturers have previously used artificial colours when it comes to creating gum and candies because of this. According to Chr. Hansen, this challenge has now been solved with the launch of Fruitmax Blue 1506.
Lotte Jeppesen, Global Industry Business Manager, Confetionery, said: “Some of the best spirulina-based products, until now, needed to be pre-dispersed at production, which can be messy, difficult and inefficient for the producers.
“We have seen a built-up demand for precisely this product – it’s an easy and convenient solution for all types of boiled sweets, and it performs well in both sugar-free and sugar-based applications.”
Jeppesen added: “We are excited to put a product on the market that caters to this need. Our new patent-pending solution will be especially appealing to health-conscious brands using other natural ingredients, like menthol in lozenges.”