Annatto / Bixin & Norbixin

Yellow – (Red)Orange

Annatto Bixin Norbixin natural colours natural colors colour color coloring colouringAnnatto colorants are derived from annatto seeds that grow on a tree called Bixa Orellana. The Bixa Orellana tree is known as Annatto or as ‘Achiote’ in large parts of South America and as ‘Urucum’ in Brazil. The  annatto seeds contain bixin pigment which is a yellow-(red)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 by saponification, norbixin products can be obtained which are water soluble colorants. These norbixin products are used in various food applications such as sausage casing, dairy products, snacks, confectionery and pastry.

Product Categories

Bixin

Characteristics of Bixin

  • Mono-carboxy carotenoid
  • Appearance: Dark brown
  • Insoluble in water and acid
  • Partially soluble in oil
  • Soluble in alkali

Bixin Powder

Annatto Extract

  • Product appearance: Orange brown coarse powder
  • Concentrated pigment obtained from annatto seeds
  • Must be diluted for use
  • Soluble in hot alkali solution, insoluble in water
  • Bixin content: Min. 25%
  • Color shade provided in application with high fat content: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Bakery, confectionary, meat, Margarines, spice blends, processed cheese and snacks
  • Commercial name: Biocon Bixin Powder

Bixin Liquid

Oil

Type 1:

  • Product appearance: Dark orange viscous suspension
  • Oily suspension of annatto extract
  • Dispersible in fats
  • Bixin content: 2 – 10%
  • Color shade provided: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Seasoning, margarines, spreads, processed cheese, dressings, snacks and spice blends
  • Commercial name: Biocon AOS range

 

Type 2:

  • Product appearance: Dark orange red liquid
  • Pigment of annatto diluted in edible oil
  • Soluble in products with high oil or fat content
  • Bixin content:  0.2-0.45%
  • Color shade provided: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Seasoning, margarines, spreads, processed cheese, dressings, snacks and industrial oils
  • Commercial name: Biocon BOS range

Acid Proof

  • Product appearance: Slightly viscous dark red liquid
  • Aqueous alkali solution extracted from annatto seeds
  • Great acceptability, soluble in water and completely soluble in oil / water emulsion
  • Bixin content: Min. 3%
  • Color shade provided: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Alcoholic beverage, soft drinks, fruit juices, mayonnaise and processed cheese
  • Commercial name: Biocon Bixin – PPW range

Dispersible

  • Product appearance: Orange viscous suspension
  • Pigment obtained from annatto seeds, stabilized in emulsifiers
  • Dispersible in water
  • Can be used in food and beverage applications where stability at low pH and non-migration properties are important
  • Bixin content: Max. 8%
  • Color shade provided: Yellow to Red-Orange
  • Main applications: Fruit juice, fruit preparations and confectionery
  • Commercial name: Biocon Bixin – G range

Norbixin

Characteristics of Norbixin

  • Carboxy-carotenoid
  • Appearance: Dark brown
  • Insoluble in water, fat and oils
  • Soluble in alkali

Norbixin Powder

Annatto Extract

  • Product appearance: Dark brown powder
  • Concentrated norbixin pigment obtained from annatto seeds
  • Must be diluted before use
  • Soluble in hot alkali solution, insoluble in water
  • Norbixin content: Min. 35%
  • Color shade provided after dilution in alkali solution: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Bakery, confectionary, ice creams, meat
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  • Commercial name: Biocon Norbixin Powder

Water Soluble

Type 1:

  • Product appearance: Fine dark brown powder
  • Spray dried alkaline extract of annatto seeds
  • Completely soluble in water
  • Can be used in food applications with pH close to neutral
  • Norbixin content: Min. 15%
  • Color shade provided after dilution: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Meat, spice blends, cheese, snacks, pastry, and cake powder
  • Commercial name: Biocon Norbixin – ENC range

 

Type 2:

  • Product appearance: Fine light brown powder
  • Annatto stabilized in alkali
  • Completely soluble in hot water
  • Norbixin content: Min. 15%
  • Color shade provided after dilution: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Meat and sausage casings
  • Commercial name: Biocon Norbixin – HWS range

Norbixin Liquid

Water Miscible

  • Product appearance: Dark brown liquid
  • Aqueous alkali solution extracted from annatto seeds
  • Completely miscible in water
  • Norbixin content: 0.5 to 5%
  • Color shade: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Bakery, breading, casings, cereals, cheese, confectionary, ice cream and snacks.
  • Commercial name: Biobixin range

Acid Proof

  • Product appearance:Slightly viscous dark brown liquid
  • Aqueous alkali solution extracted from annatto seeds
  • Great acceptability, soluble in water and completely soluble in oil / water emulsion
  • Norbixin content: 0.5 to 5%
  • Color shade: Yellow to Orange
  • Main applications: Bakery, casings, cheese spreads, coatings, desserts, fruit juices and processed cheese
  • Commercial name: Biobixin-PPW range

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