Food Colorants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global food colorants market is segmented by Product (Natural Color and Synthetic Color), by Application (Beverages, Dairy & Frozen products, Bakery, Meat, Poultry, and Seafood, Confectionery, Sauces and Condiments and Others); and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 4.1 %

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Market Overview

Global food colorant market is forecasted to grow with CAGR of 4.1% during the forecast period (2020- 2025)

  • The importance of food colorants has increased in the past few decades with the advent of modern food processing methods, the slightest step of which destroys the natural coloring pigments in food. Adding back what is lost during processing is termed as ‘food enrichment’. However, this value addition is fulfilled by food additives.
  • Food colorants constitute an important part of food additives. The past 10-15 years have observed a distinct shift toward natural materials, especially within flavors and colors. Increasing demand and consumer preference for minimally processed foods and health-promoting properties of natural colorants are expected to drive the natural colors market, twice as fast as the synthetic market.

Scope of the Report

Global Food Colorant such as natural color, synthetic color and coloring foodstuff. The health-enhancing properties of natural colors, combined with the organic properties in the natural products, is increasing the demand of natural colors. By application, the market is segmmented as beverages, dairy & frozen products, bakery, meat, poultry, and seafood, confectionery, sauces and condiments and others.

Product Type
Natural Color
Synthetic Color
Dairy & Frozen Products
Meat, Poultry and Seafood
Sauces and Condiments
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand For Natural Food Colorants

There has been much interest in the development of new natural colorants used in the food industry, which is due to strong consumer demand for more natural products, globally. The health-enhancing properties of natural colors, combined with the organic properties in the natural products, is also increasing the appeal for the same. Restraints in natural colorants are mainly due to the higher production cost of fermentation pigments, compared to pigments of synthetic origin or extracted from the natural source. FDA uses the term ‘exempt color additives’ to indicate that they are exempted from the certification process.


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Europe Dominates The Overall Food Colorants Market

In the European Union, food colors are regulated as food additives, under a comprehensive set of regulations, for food improvement agents. Presently, in the European Union, 39 colors are authorized as color additives, for usage in foods. European food colorants market continues to capture the largest market share, due to the growing demand for clean label foods and health awareness.  The United Kingdom, the rising food safety concerns are pressurizing manufacturing to adopt clean labels, which is triggering the demand for natural colors. In France, key players like Naturex, are working on the development of 100% organic extract version of curcumin, to give a rainbow of yellow color, to a range of culinary applications, from sauces and snacks to sweets, ice creams and baked goods.

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Competitive Landscape

Global food colorants market is dominated by a few players. The most active companies across the globe are Chr Hansen, DD Williamson, DSM, Doehler Group, nature, Fiorio Colori S.P.A., and Kalsec.  They have been expanding their geographical presence by acquiring or merging with the manufacturers in the foreign market. Expansion is the most preferred growth strategy followed by new product developments in the global food colorants market. Chr Hansen is the most active among all; the company’s most known strategy is new product launch. The major global players have vast product lines and geographical reach, which gives them an upper hand. Other recognized players include Naturex SA, Fiorio Colori S.P.A., Kalsec Inc, kancor Ingredients, Riken Vitaminand WILD Flavors and many others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Natural Color

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic Color

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Beverages

      2. 5.2.2 Dairy & Frozen Products

      3. 5.2.3 Bakery

      4. 5.2.4 Meat, Poultry and Seafood

      5. 5.2.5 Confectionery

      6. 5.2.6 Sauces and Condiments

      7. 5.2.7 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. UAE

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Chr Hansen holdings

      2. 6.4.2 D.D. Williamson & Co.

      3. 6.4.3 Koninklijke DSM N.V.

      4. 6.4.4 Sensient technologies Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Dohler group.

      6. 6.4.6 Naturex SA

      7. 6.4.7 Fiorio Colori S.P.A.

      8. 6.4.8 BASF SE

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Colorants Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Food Colorants Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

Sensient Technologies Corporation, Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, BASF SE, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Naturex S.A are the major companies operating in Food Colorants Market.

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