Natural Food Color


IFC Solutions brings over 75 years of experience to the blending of colors for use in Food products. Our specialty is working with our customers to provide them with cost effective, FDA approved colorants that meet their specific requirements.

Our specialty is working with our customers to provide them with colorants that meet their specific requirements with regard to:

  • Format (Powder, Liquid, Paste, etc.)
  • Shade
  • Concentration
  • Carriers (if any)

Our Natural Colors generally derived from vegetables, fruits, spices and minerals.  We work with you to determine what form of color is most appropriate for your products, and to develop outstanding cost effective products to meet your specific requirements.

The FDA has a relatively short and very specific list of non-certified ingredients which can legally be used as food color in the United States (see CFR Title 21, Part 73, Subpart A).


  • Annatto Extract
  • Dehydrated Beets (Beet Powder)
  • Beta Carotene (Natural & Synthetic)
  • Caramel
  • Cochineal Extract / Carmine
  • Grape Color Extract
  • Mica-based Pearlescent Pigment
  • Vegetable Juice
  • Turmeric & Turmeric Oleoresin
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Synthetic Iron Oxide
  • Spirulina Extract
  • Paprika & Paprika Oleoresin



A more complete list, along with usage restrictions (if any), can be found at:

IFC Technical Bulletin 2008-8 Color Additives Exempt from Certification for Food Use

Natural Food Colors is a rapidly evolving industry.  As experts in the color business, we pride ourselves on our ability to help educate our clients with regulatory updates, labeling requirements, and product developments.  For more information on Natural Colors, we are happy to provide these helpful Bulletins:

Tech Bulletin 2004-4 FDA Food Color Labeling Regulations

Color Additives Exempt from Certification for Food Use

FDA Food Color Labeling Regulations

Misconceptions regarding ‘Natural’ Food Color in the United States

Certified Organic and Organic Compliant Food Colors

Natural Food Color

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