CAPOL has launched VIVAPIGMENTS White, a natural whitening agent that meets the special requirements for the hard-sugar panning process.

These white pigments can be used as an alternative to titanium dioxide (TiO2), which has come under increasing debate as a food additive. VIVAPIGMENTS White is characterized by its ability to achieve a high level of opacity, as well as its ease of product application.

VIVAPIGMENTS White can easily be stirred into the sugar solution. Thanks to special rice protein encapsulation technology, the calcium carbonate-based product also provides opacity, which is important for efficient whitening. Depending on the specific application, a dosage of 0.3 to 1.0 percent can typically be used. 

“Initial feedback confirms that customers were able to achieve good results in production-scale trials even at a dosage considered low for an alternative whitening agent,” said Valeria Reim, CAPOL product manager.

In the European Union, a ban on titanium dioxide as a food additive came into force on Aug. 7. This new constraint has pushed confectionery manufacturers to change their product formulations. In other world regions, the whitening agent is also under debate. 

“We know from our confectionery customers that natural whitening agents that achieve an excellent whitening effect at an appropriate dosage continue to be in high demand,” Reim said. “For a consistently natural result in the sugar panning process, we recommend combining VIVAPIGMENTS White with VIVAPIGMENTS natural colors, as it opens up a wide range of possibilities for efficient panning with bright color results."