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Chapter 13: Beverages and Dairy Products

Pages 107-116
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1094/1891127004.013
ISBN: 1-891127-00-4


Topics Covered

  • Beverages
    • FD&C Colorants
    • Natural Colorants
  • Dairy Products and Spreads
    • Butter
    • Margarine
    • Spreads
    • Yogurt
    • Fat-Based Coatings
    • Retorted Milk Products
  • Troubleshooting

Introduction to Chapter

Beverages represent one of the largest markets for both natural and FD&C colorants. The popularity of dry-mix beverages, still beverages (including new-age types), and carbonated soft drinks continues to grow.

Historically, carbonated and most still and dry-mix beverages have used FD&C colorants to yield appealing, bright, and typically stable shades. Because of the cost and issues related to stability, natural colorants were not chosen for beverages, with the exception of caramel colorants, which have been used to color the cola and root beer types of carbonated beverages. However, use of natural colorant in beverages is now increasingly popular, especially in the “new-age” (juice-containing) beverages. Increased availability, globalization, and improved extraction and concentration techniques have all contributed to the popularity of natural colorants.