Typically, water-soluble FD&C dyes are considered the easiest, brightest, lowest-cost option for coloring foods and beverages. As the simple solution, the initial concern for dyes is that there is enough water in the product/process to dissolve the color! Viveri understands these benefits, and we maximize ease of use and added value by offering premium FD&C dyes in both powder and granular form.
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Dyes are not appropriate for all applications, specifically dry and oil-based foods. In high moisture applications, for example, a water-soluble dye can exhibit undesirable migration. For example, given time, a decorative sprinkle colored with dyes on an iced cupcake will bleed from the sprinkle into the icing. Viveri’s lakes resolve these issues, excelling with higher standards of performance and product consistency.
Dye behavior is based on chemistry, but it’s the physical nature of lakes that determines their performance. Particle size and shape are critical, and producing a consistent product, batch after batch, is all about process control. This is where Viveri’s lakes excel!
FD&C Lakes are made by adsorbing an FD&C water-soluble dye onto a substrate of alumina hydrate. The result is an insoluble, highly colored powder of very fine particle size. These fine lake particles disperse through a food, coloring it the way cinnamon colors sugar when blended together, but with much more efficiency. Lakes do not require water to function, nor do they migrate throughout a food.
Varying the amount of dye adsorbed on the substrate produces lakes of various shades and strengths. Our lakes are available in a variety of high-, mid-, and low-pure dye content versions for optimized use, whether it’s driven by cost-in-use, shade, or regulatory issues.
Our current list of products includes the following, and custom options are available by request. Contact Viveri color experts for additional guidance!