Annatto Color is extracted from the seeds of the annatto. Annatto has two pigments, bixin which is oil soluble and nor-bixin which is soluble in water.
Alternative Names: C.I. Natural Orange 4, Orlean
Annatto Water Soluble (1.5 % Nor-Bixin) – Annatto seeds are extracted in aqueous-alkali solution at 70°C. Filter the solution to remove the impurities. Annatto pigment is precipitated by the addition of hydrochloric acid. Filter the precipitates, dry and washed with solvent to remove impurities.
Annatto Oil soluble (1.5 % Bixin) – Annatto seedsare dip into vegetable oil to form slurry. Pigment slurry in the oil is then heated at 130°C; solution is then filtered to remove impurity.
EEC No/C. I. No: E-160b/75120
Application: Butter, Bakery Products, Sauces, Deserts, Snacks, Chocolate