Food Ingredients First Interviews Sensient at FIE Show
Food Ingredients First caught up with Managing Director of Sensient Colors Europe, Roland Beck, at this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) show in Frankfurt last week.
Amongst the interview topics was Sensient’s newest global product launch of Avalanche–a portfolio of clean ingredient white and opacity solutions designed to best match the performance of titanium dioxide. Dr. Beck explained, “any [titanium dioxide] replacement would be very specific to a particular application, and we have developed a global portfolio of products that target a lot of different applications.”
Another important innovation that Sensient featured at FIE was something the company pioneered some six years ago–palm-free natural colors. Since then, their palm-free portfolio has grown tremendously which aligns with the overarching and continued industry trend of sustainability. “In the end, some may wonder: is it really necessary to use palm oil? Maybe we can substitute that with sunflower oil, rapeseed oil or derivatives of those. So we developed proprietary emulsification systems which are based on renewable European-grown fat sources and no longer use palm oil types of materials, which is a big step forward in the palm-free natural colors space,” claimed Dr. Beck.
The interview then continued into a conversation about the sourcing of natural color raw materials. Food Ingredients First asked about the challenges where Dr. Beck replied, “several years ago, we started an [agronomy] program to get much more involved into the sourcing, and sourcing directly, including cooperation with the farming community where we’re growing our own specific crops, but we try to minimize the risk which is, of course, there.”
Finally, another area for Sensient innovation is the trend towards coloring foods, and this year, the company featured oil-based pigments in coloring foods, like turmeric and paprika, which for a time were not possible to obtain as a color.