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Carmine is one of the original red colours, providing an exceptionally stable pigmnet for food and beverage applications. It is prepared from the shell of the Cochineal insect, which lives on cactus South America, and has been used as a colouring agent since the 15th century.

Carmine is available in many variants including:
Water-soluble, oil-soluble, liquid, powder, paste and suspension formats.

Strengths are varied too, with a  range from 2.5% to 50%. 

A particularly popular product is a 10% Carmine WS Liquid, which can be used for confectionery, sauces, bakery, beverages, milk beverages, 




Kanegrade is a global supplier of natural ingredients to food, beverage, fragrance, flavour and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

At a glance:

  • Established for over 35 years, operating from a UK headquarters with offices in 4 countries.
  • Customers in over 100 countries, from multi-national corporations to medium-scale manufacturers.
  • Creative product ideas for the food industry, with a strong emphasis on natural ingredients.
  • Strategic alliances, partnerships and shareholdings with growers and processors around the World.
  • Supply chain security, Competitive pricing, Subject to UK regulation and quality standards.
  • Over 5,000 ingredients available, many from stock, Customer-focused, Commercial confidentiality.
  •  ISO9001, BRC-Accredited, Selected products Organic, Halal and/or Kosher-Certified.

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