Louisville, Ky.-based D.D. Williamson has launched its first certified-organic annatto extracts for coloring. The new annatto extracts, which range in hue from yellow to orange, are available in water-soluble and oil-soluble versions, the latter of which can be applied to confectionery coatings.

“Customers of our ‘organic compliant’ annatto products asked us to develop a range of ‘certified organic’ annatto so they could offer 100% certified organic food products,” says Campbell Barnum, global vice president, marketing. “DDW’s Science and Innovation Team responded with sourcing and extracting certified organic colorings to cover a broad range of organic food applications.”

D.D. Williamson’s processing facility in Port Washington, Wis. was certified by Quality Assurance International, an agent for the USDA’s National Organic Program.