Capol delivers Vivapigments natural whitening for confectionery series

Germany’s Capol has confirmed an extension to its Vivapigments portfolio with the launch of a natural whitening agent devised to operate with hard-sugar panning processes, writes Neill Barston.

As the business noted, these naturally based white pigments can be used as an alternative to
the commonly used titanium dioxide (TiO2), which has come under increasing debate as a
food additive.

According to the company, Vivapigments White has been developed to target a  a high level of opacity thanks to a special colour technology, as well as its ease of product application.

As an alternative to titanium dioxide, the new line does more than simply make the application convenient since it can easily be stirred into the sugar solution.

Thanks to special rice protein encapsulation technology, the calcium carbonate-based product also
provides excellent opacity. This is particularly important for efficient whitening. Depending on the specific application, a dosage of 0.3% to 1.0% can typically be used.

“Initial feedback confirms that customers were able to achieve good results in production-scale
trials even at a dosage considered low for an alternative whitening agent,” explains Dr.
Valeria Reim, Capol product manager.

Significantly, In the EU, a ban on titanium dioxide as a food additive came into force on August 7, 2022. This new constraint has pushed confectionery manufacturers to change their product formulations.

In other world regions, the former number-one whitening agent is now also under debate among manufacturers and consumers alike.

“We know from our confectionery customers that natural whitening agents that achieve an excellent whitening effect at an appropriate dosage continue to be in high demand,” adds Dr. Reim.

Capol has brought many years of know-how from the confectionery industry to the development and application of Vivapigments White and combined this with its knowledge gained from the series’ distinctive technology for natural colour series.

As the business added, an encapsulation of natural colorants in a rice protein matrix is what makes it possible to create natural pigments with exceptional stability as well as colour opacity. Furthermore, thanks to its greater naturalness, it also offers manufacturers an opportunity to follow the clean label trend.

“For a consistently natural result in the sugar panning process, we recommend combining Vivapigments White with Vivapigments natural colours, as it opens up a wide range of possibilities for efficient panning with bright colour results,” says Dr. Reim.

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