Ingredient Spotlight:

Natural Colors for Sports Nutrition

According to Nutraceuticals World, the global sports nutrition product market is expected to grow by more than 8% annually to $52.5 billion in 2020.

Natural ingredients like colors derived from botanical sources have started to show up in a lot sports drinks recently. They not only illuminate nature’s beautiful color portfolio but also enhance the beverage with health and nutritional benefits.

Because heat and light have the potential to degrade natural ingredients and finished product appearance, beverage formulators are often faced with color stability and consistency issues.

That’s where Sensient’s technology of plating grade natural colors can help powder supplements not only provide color stability, but also a unique delivery system for color in nutraceutical applications.

What is a Microfine?

An aluminum-free natural color line that simulates a synthetic lake, available in powder and dispersion forms. Designed for customers who want to switch from certified lakes to natural colors, Microfine™ closes the gap between natural color science and certified color technology.

Powder Advantages

  • Delivers plating characteristics commonly found in synthetic pigments
  • Coats dry products without use of high-shear blending or spray-drying
  • Delivers bright, intense color shades

Dispersion Advantages

  • Natural oil-based dispersions deliver color in fat-based systems
  • Prevents clumping and aids in color incorporation, and increases productivity and accuracy
  • Delivers bright, intense color shades


  • Applications
  • Powder Beverage
  • Tablet
  • Two-Piece Capsule
  • Soft Gel
  • Gummy Vitamin
  • Liquids
  • Lozenge
  • Advantages
  • No flavor or odor off-notes
  • Up to 20% cost in use savings
  • Low usage rates
  • Preferred over standard natural colors
  • Exclusive custom color blends
  • Broad application options for natural colors
  • Enhanced stability features
  • Aluminum-free