D.D. Williamson Introduces Organic Caramel Colors

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA (November 8, 2005) -- D.D. Williamson, the world leader in caramel color, announces its launch of the first certified organic caramel colors manufactured in North America. The company developed the new products in response to consumer trends and resulting ingredient demand from its customers in food and beverage processing. Caramel color, manufactured from the controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates, is the world’s most widely consumed (by weight) food color.

The new organic products -- sucrose-based Caramel Color and Caramelized Rice Syrup -- are designed for D.D. Williamson’s customers to formulate in foods and beverages labeled “organic”. Food processing customers using either product can label “organic caramel color” on ingredient declarations in the United States. D.D. Williamson will include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic seal in conjunction with the Quality Assurance International (QAI) mark on its own labels. The USDA has accredited QAI as a certifying agent for the National Organic Program (NOP), which mandates that organic ingredients must be derived from natural sources.

“Food and beverage processors are requesting organic ingredients to meet the growing consumer demand for organic products,” said Owen Parker, Vice President, D.D. Williamson. “We were able to develop one organic color with stability in low pH to enhance visual appeal in many types of beverages.”

Organic products continue to grow more and more popular. Sales of organic foods and beverages, increasing nearly 20% annually, exceed $10 billion in the United States, according to the Organic Trade Association.

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D.D. Williamson is the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of caramel color. It produces caramel color for leading global companies in beverages, flavors, sauces, gravies, soups, baked goods, dry mixes, pet foods and pharmaceuticals. The company operates eight manufacturing sites in the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Swaziland and Brazil. Visit www.caramel.com for more information.

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