BioconColors is a leading natural colors producer active on the international food market since 1981. BioconColors is specialized in the sourcing, production and sales of Cochineal / Carmine and Annatto based color derivatives. Additionally BioconColors offers a “Blend-range” including Paprika and Curcumin derivatives.

BioconColors distinguishes itself through a strong R&D focus and experience complemented with its portfolio of over 80 natural colors.

With color becoming a key driver in consumer purchase decisions our food coloring specialists leverage over 30 years of experience in supporting our customers in making food coloring an asset.

Over the past decades BioconColors has grown into a trustworthy natural color partner for many leading consumer brands the food, beverage and cosmetics industries worldwide.

Products & Services


Annatto colorants are derived from the pulp of Annatto seeds which come from a bushy tree called Bixa Orellana. The pulps of annatto seeds contain bixin pigment which is a yellow-orange carotenoid.

After extraction, the bixin is used for coloring oil-based products like cheese, processed cheese, snacks, fats, oil, butter and margarine.

From the bixin pigment, norbixin products can be obtained which are water soluble colorants. These norbixin products are used in various food applications such as meat, sausage casing, dairy products, snacks, confectionery and pastry.


Cochineal derivates are obtained from a pigment inside the bodies of the females of the cochineal insect Dactylopius Coccus Costa. The insects grow on cacti like the Nopales which are cultivated and harvested in Central and South America.

The pigment inside the insect bodies is called carminic acid. It is obtained through an aqueous extraction from the cochineal. Carminic acid is the purified form and when reacted with aluminum and calcium, carmine products are obtained. Carmine is an aluminum lake product.

Carminic acid and carmine products are used for coloring various food, beverage and cosmetic applications. The colorant is considered as one of the most stable among the natural colorants.


To be able to offer our customers a spectrum of colors for different applications, we have developed a wide range of blends. The blends consist of carmine, carminic acid, bixin and norbixin combinations as well as combinations with turmeric and paprika products.

Turmeric is a coloring and flavoring spice which comes from the plant Curcuma Longa. The plant grows to five feet at maturity and is characterized as a light green plant.

Turmeric obtains its yellow pigment from the Curcumin which is the principal curcuminoid of this spice. This pigment can be separated from the flavor which allows it to be used in different food applications. In combination with annatto products the turmeric is used in margarine and savory applications for the yellowish color shade.


The plant Capsicum Annuum Linne can be found in a large part of the world. It contains the pigment carotenoid – capsantins rich in color with a reddish hint. The product is used as a spice for cooking due to its sharp savor and taste. However once the taste and savor is removed, the product is used as a colorant. The colorant is usually an oil soluble product, but after processing a water dispersible or water soluble product can be obtained. Paprika powder is often used in beverage, processed food and tomato applications as the colorant is heat, water and pH stable.

Paprika Oleoresin is obtained by the extraction of lipids and pigments from the pods of the Capsicum Annuum Linne, which is a sweet red pepper growing in moderate climates. The oil soluble extract is widely used in processed foods such as sausages, surimi, shrimps, dressings, coatings, and snack seasonings.

Product Range

Our color portfolio consist of product ranges including carminic acids, high tinctorial carmines, dedusted powders, carmine acid proof products, range of liquid formulations with different shades and concentrations. In the annatto field we offer norbixin, bixin, annatto oil solubles, suspensions and annatto acid proof products.

Next to our standard colors we offer specialities for various applications. Contact us to find out how we can help you create a natural colorant that fits your requirements.

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Complete overview of our Carmine, Annatto and Color blend natural color offering.

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Our Quality Management System enables us to build quality into our products rather than inspect quality after products are developed. We manage and control all activities associated with product quality including purchase of raw materials and ingredients, production, packaging, storage, shipment, service to customers and after sales.

Win Consumer Favor

Color is becoming a key driver in purchase decisions. This global trend has challenged the food industry in recent years to reformulate recipes. Our R&D and food scientists have extensive experience in working with leading consumer brands in recreating their products signature colors using natural colors.


Our production facilities are FSSC certified. The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing our organization's food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards. It demonstrates our company has a robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of our customers and consumers.
All our Annatto, Carmine and color blends are Halal certified. For any food product or ingredient to be considered Halal it must comply with the religious ritual and observance of Sharia law. Our products have been subjected to approved Halal certification systems which guarantee to our consumers that nothing in our products has any forbidden components.
All our Annatto product are Kosher certified. Being Kosher certified guarantees our customers that we comply with a strict policy of Kosher food laws, including cleanliness, purity and quality.


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