Sensient® Pharmaceutical Coatings, Colors and Flavors Introduces Latest Innovation, Microfine™ Natural Color Coating Systems

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – November 15, 2012 – Sensient® Pharmaceutical has extended its proprietary line of Microfine™ natural colors to provide a complete natural color coating system ideal for the nutraceutical market.

Microfine natural colors are an aluminum free natural color technology that delivers plating characteristics commonly found in FD&C lake pigments.  Microfine natural colors behave like a synthetic lake in multiple applications including powdered beverages and supplements, compound coatings, and compressed tablets.

“Microfine broadens the range of natural colors that can be utilized in coating systems including those colors that can be more difficult to attain,” says Steve Strickland, General Manager of Sensient Pharmaceutical.

The Microfine coating system offers all the unique functional and processing benefits associated with the Microfine line of natural colors, including clean flavor, plating characteristics comparable to FD&C lake pigments, and increased ease-of-use compared to dyes.

“Consumer demand for natural ingredients and products without aluminum is increasing across every market and application,” says Strickland. “Microfine offers the nutraceutical market more natural solutions, providing the broad range of colors needed to better define and protect brands.”


Sensient Pharmaceutical is a part of Sensient Food Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation. Sensient Technologies is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company’s customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world’s best-known brands.

With 35 locations worldwide, Sensient Pharmaceutical is a global leader in superior coating systems, brand-defining color solutions, and enhanced product performance for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. A single source for complete coating visual enhancement solutions, Sensient is committed to innovation – not only with superior products and solutions but also in personalized service.