/ EINpresswire.com / Erlanger, KY (March 16, 2010) – WILD Flavors, Inc. – one of the largest, privately-owned manufacturers of natural and health-enhancing ingredients, flavors, colors, and innovative product concepts has developed an acid-stable, natural blue color. WILD now has the ability to create attractive new color shades that are suitable for an array of food and beverage products.

Vice President of Food & Ingredient Technology, Tim Truby states, “Unlike previous attempts to achieve color shades such as green, purple, and black for applications by leveraging the stabilization of red cabbage or other anthocyanin based colors at neutral pH, WILD’s blue color is unique because it is truly acid-stable. Our color technology enables us to create an excellent spectrum of other natural colors, ranging from blue-to-green as well as blue-to-purple and black.”

Go Green
Think nature-think green. The U.S. food and beverage industry has long sought a stable green color. Chlorophyll products are approved in many countries, but aren’t allowed in the U.S. for most applications. Juices containing chlorophyll, such as spinach, can be used but often don’t provide the required shade and may have stability issues. Utilizing WILD’s acid stable blue color to achieve natural green shades is an easy solution. From lime to forest green, WILD now offers appealing hues of green suitable for confectionery, bakery, savory, dairy, and beverage applications.

Purple Without the Haze
Traditionally reserved for royalty, purple is represented in many fruits and vegetables. Purple colors solely derived from anthocyanins, i.e. grape concentrates, can only achieve reddish-purple and are quite susceptible to factors which cause fading (i.e. Vitamin C). Through the use of WILD’s acid stable blue, vibrant purple shades with varying levels of blue are now available for applications across the pH range.

Back in Black
Black is now an option for the most unique food and beverage products. Although a higher level of color is needed in applications to create a dark product, the new WILD blue with black shades, utilizing natural ingredients creates possibilities for numerous product formulations. Lighter shades create a gray impression. Utilizing a combination of WILD’s Colors from Nature(R) including naturally derived acid stable blue, WILD is able to offer black and gray shades for a variety of food and beverage applications.

Combing natural color technology and innovation with WILD’s proven product development expertise ensures customers the flexibility, ingenuity, and customized solutions that shorten development time with great looking and tasting concepts.