GNT Increases Capacities For Blue And Green Colouring Foods

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | 602 Views

GNT, a global provider of colouring foods, has started the construction of an additional spirulina plant at its headquarters in the Netherlands, which will more than double its production capacities for blue and green colouring foods.

The company said its spirulina based colouring foods give true natural blue and green colours to many food applications, including confectionery and ice cream. It produces enough spirulina to colour over one billion portions of food per year.

The global market for food colouring is experiencing a strong rise in the demand for spirulina based colouring foods, GNT noted. This move is also in light of growing scepticism towards additive colouring.

“More and more major food and beverage companies are announcing the replacement of artificial colours,” said Dr Hendrik Hoeck, managing director at the GNT Group. “Being the only natural alternative to artificial dyes such as patent blue V (E 131) or brilliant blue FCF (E 133), the algae plays a highly important role in natural colour solution.”

The Mierlo-based plant will aim to improve production and make processing more efficient, with high automation and low energy consumption. Operations at the plant will commence in August 2017.

“With the new plant, we are completely fit for the future,” Mr Hoeck added. “It will further expand and strengthen our position as clear market leader in the production of spirulina-based colour solutions.”