The food colour market is primarily driven by the increasing demand from the beverage industry and bakery and confectionery. Here is a tentative list of top food colour manufacturers and food colour companies.

Food colours are a crucial marketing tool that the product has consistent consumer appeal and are also essential to support flavour association. Food manufacturers use food colours to enhance the appearance of food/drinks after processing and preserve the product’s particular colour during its shelf life. Manufacturers need to create vibrant, appealing colours that aren’t too artificial or dull. Consumers and retailers don’t want to compromise the visual appeal of their food or beverage.

The global food colour market is primarily driven by the increasing demand from the beverage industry and bakery and confectionery. The high demand from flavoured drinks, fruit juices, and nutritional drinks drives the global food colour market. For commercial adoption, synthetic food colours are in high demand because of their high stability under light, cheap cost, and less microbial contamination. However, natural food colours are expensive in comparison to synthetic ones.

The food colour market was valued at $2.1 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $3.5 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 12.4% from 2020 to 2027. We have tried to compile a tentative list of top food colour manufacturers in the world. All these food colour manufacturers are considered highly reputed as industry leaders. This list of food colour companies is neither exhaustive nor ranked according to the order of importance. 

Here are the top Food Colour manufacturers and Food Colour companies in alphabetical order:

ADM – Archer Daniels Midland Company

ADM Archer Daniels Midland Company

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Subsidiaries: Wild, ADM Investor Services, Inc.,
Founders: George A. Archer, John W. Daniels

George A. Archer and John W. Daniels, two ambitious friends, started a linseed crusher business in 1902. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company is now known as ADM. It manufactures, sells, and distributes food ingredients, animal feed components, renewable fuels and naturally derived alternatives to industrial chemicals. The company operates in four business segments: agricultural services, corn processing, oilseeds processing, and wild flavours & speciality ingredients. The company has a wide range of innovative food colours that are derived from nature.

The company has more than 500 locations for crop procurement, 270 manufacturing facilities and 44 innovation centres. It serves customers in over 170 countries around the world.

CHR Hansen Holding A/S

CHR Hansen

Headquarters: Horsholm, Denmark
CEO: Mauricio Graber (1 Jun 2018–)
Founder: Christian Ditlev Ammentorp Hansen
Founded: 1874
Subsidiaries: Chr. Hansen, UAS Laboratories, Chr. Hansen, Inc.

CHR Hansen Holding A/S was founded in 1874. It is based in Hoersholm in Denmark and is engaged in natural solutions for food, nutritional, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries. The company operates in three segments: Food Cultures & Enzymes and, Health & Nutrition and Natural Food Colours. The company offers natural colours in beverages, confectionery, ice cream, dairy and fruit preparations, dietary supplements and prepared foods.

The company is present in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. It also has a presence in Latin America.

D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc.

D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc.

Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Founder: Douw Ditmars Williamson
Founded: 1865
Subsidiary: Dinesen Trading Company, Inc.

Douw Ditmars Williamson, a Dutch immigrant, founded D.D. Williamson in New York to manufacture burnt sugars for the brewing industry. It survived prohibition for 150 years and was able to supply caramel colour to the growing soft drink market.

D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc. provides caramel colour and natural colour solutions for food and beverage applications. The company’s product portfolio is divided into Natural Colors and Colouring Foods, Caramel Colors, Burnt Sugar, NaturBrown. EulsiTech, and Oil Technology. The company sells natural colours that are mainly derived from biological, agricultural, and mineral sources.

It currently operates 12 caramel and natural colour facilities around the globe. It has a presence across North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.

Dohler Group

Dohler Group

Headquarters: Darmstadt, Germany
Founded: 1838, Erfurt, Germany
Founder: Lorenz Dohler Subsidiaries: Dohler Gida Sanayi Anonim Sirket

Lorenz Dohler was the founder of the DohlerGroup, a spice mill in Erfurt. It happened almost 180 years ago, in the year 1838. Dohler’s first products for good taste were spice mixes.

Dohler today is a global marketer, producer and provider of technology-driven ingredients, ingredient systems, and integrated solutions for food and beverages.

Dohler Group has four business segments: Natural Ingredients, Ingredients System, Ingredients Solutions, and Value Cha. The company provides natural colour solutions for food industry and beverage applications.

The company is present in more than 130 countries, including the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, South America and the Middle East and Africa. It has 23 production sites and 24 application centers.



Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Founded: 1897
Founder: Herbert Henry Dow
Subsidiaries: Danisco, DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha

DuPont de Nemours, Inc., also known as DuPont, was formed in August 2017 by the merger between Dow Chemical and E.I.du Pont de Nemours and Company and subsequent spinoffs of Dow Inc. and Corteva.

DowDuPont was initially founded in 1897. It is involved in research and development, manufacturing, innovation, and marketing a wide range of products. The company has three business segments: Agriculture, Materials Science, and Specialty Products. The company provides natural colours to the food industry. The company is present in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, and Africa.

The company’s diverse portfolio of products, services, and materials meets the changing market demands of different industries in over 90 countries.

DSM (Dutch State Mines)

DSM Dutch State Mines

Headquarters: Heerlen, Netherlands
Founded: 1902
Subsidiaries: Glycom A/S, ERBER Group, Fortitech, inc.

DSM was founded in 1902 by the Dutch government to mine coal resources in the Southern Provinces of Limburg. We still use the English translation (Dutch State Mines) of the original company name, De Nederlandse Staatsmijnen.

DSM specializes in the sourcing, production, and marketing of nutritional products and functional materials. The company has four business segments: Nutrition, Materials, Innovation Center, and Corporate Activities. These businesses serve various industries, including animal feed, food, beverages, pharmaceutical, infant nutrition, dietary supplements and bio-based materials.

The company offers a wide variety of functional, nature-based food colours that can be used in food, beverages, and dietary supplements. The company is present in North America, Latin America and Europe.

Fiorio Colori S.R.L.

Fiorio Colori S.R.L.

Headquarter: Milan, Italy
Founded: 1914
Parent organizations: Aromata Group

Fiorio Colours S.R.L. is a part of Aromata Group. They specialize in producing and distributing flavourings, colours, and ingredients for food and beverage industries with a strong focus on natural products. The company has several business segments: Food, Pharmaceutical, Detergency, Cosmetic, Animal Feed, and other Special Industrial applications.

Fiorio Colori offers a complete range of Synthetic Colours and Natural Colours as well as Colouring Foods. The company produces powders, liquids, pastes and customized products for applications in the Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Detergents, Household, Personal Care, Agro and Animal Feed Industries.

Fiorio Colori S.R.L. is a subsidiary of Aromata Group S.r.l. It has its geographical presence in North America, South America, Europe, and South-East Asia.

Kalsec Inc.

Kalsec Inc.

Headquarters: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
CEO: Scott Nykaza

The Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company was founded in Kalamazoo (Michigan) in 1958. It began as a producer/marketer of natural herbs for food manufacturers.

It is based in Michigan, U.S.A. and produces and markets natural spice and herb extracts, colors, antioxidants and advanced hop products to the food and beverage industry.

The company offers natural colours derived from natural fruits, vegetables, and other natural sources. The company is present in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Naturex S.A.

Naturex S.A.

Headquarters: Avignon, France
Founded: 1992
Parent organizations: Givaudan

The company begins producing plant extracts that have flavouring, colour and antioxidant properties in 1992. Naturex S.A. specializes in sourcing, producing, and selling natural ingredients for the food, health and beauty sectors. The company has three business segments: food and beverage, nutritional and health, and personal care. The company sells various products that can be used in the food and beverage industry, including natural NAT colours and colour solutions. Givaudan SA is the parent company of Naturex S.A.

Naturex’s product line includes antioxidants, special fruits & veggies, phytoactives and many other plant-based natural ingredients, which are designed to assist customers in creating healthy, authentic, and effective products.

The company is present in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Sensient Technologies Corporation

Sensient Technologies Corporation

Headquarters: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Founded: 1882
Subsidiaries: Sensient Colors, Sensient Food Colors LP

It was initially known as Meadow Springs Distillery in 1882, which made whiskey and gin. Prohibition in 1919 threatened the company’s survival. Meadow Springs had already established a business selling yeast and was now packaging the product under the ‘Red Star Yeast’ brand name. Later the distillery was renamed Red Star Yeast & Products Company.

In the year 2000, universal Foods changed its name from Sensient Technologies to reflect its new focus. In 2001, it sold Red Star Yeast as part of a strategy of divesting itself of unprofitable commodities businesses.

Sensient Technology Corporation is currently involved in developing, manufacturing, and supplying colours, flavours, and fragrances. The company operates in three segments: Flavors, Fragrances and Color. The company provides a wide variety of colour solutions, both synthetic and natural, for grocery items and pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals and the food & beverage industries.

The company is present in North America, Europe and Latin America.

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Note: Most information has been sourced from company websites. This list is neither exhaustive nor ranked according to the order of importance.  Photo credit: