Types of Carmine

Types of carmine

As already mentioned in other articles, carmine is the most important dye in the food industry for its excellent stability to light and temperature. The adaptability of this product allows to obtain different specialties that provide a wide range of colors from pink to violet, and the ease of its application makes it one of the most popular dyes in the industry.

The dyes derived from cochineal are obtained from the pigment found within the female insect Dactylopius Coccus Costa. These insects live on cactus plants that are cultivated and harvested in Peru.

Carmine is divided into the following categories:

CARMINE LACA:

Carmine Laca IMBAREX is a deep red powder, made of lacquered aluminum and carminic acid. It is obtained by aqueous extraction of cochineal color, followed by a drying and grinding process. It provides a deep red color solutions.

WATER-SOLUBLE CARMINE:

Water-soluble Carmine IMBAREX is a fine dark purple powder, made of lacquered aluminum and carminic acid. It is obtained by aqueous extraction, followed by a spray-drying process. It provides a deep red color.

LIQUIDE CARMINE:

Liquid Carmine IMBAREX is a dark violet solution, made of lacquered aluminum and carminic acid. It is obtained by aqueous extraction, followed by a dilution process. It provides a deep red color.

CARMINIC ACID:

Carmine Acid IMBAREX is a dark reddish brown powder, extracted from cochineal insect. It is obtained by color extraction, followed by a process of removing protein, crystallization and then spray-drying. Finally reduced with maltodextrin, it provides an deep color solution that may vary from orange to red.

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