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DDW is the world leader in caramel color

Caramel coloring

DDW (D.D. Williamson) is the world leader in caramel color for food and beverage products, with over 140 years of innovation in the development and supply of caramel colouring. Caramel color results from the controlled heat treatment or cooking of carbohydrates (nutritive sweeteners, such as glucose and sucrose, derived from natural carbohydrate sources including corn, wheat and sugar). This process is called “caramelization.” Caramel color can be created at home during the cooking, boiling or baking process. Caramel color ingredients are the world’s most widely consumed food coloring by weight and can be commercially produced for food and beverage products.

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Regulations and Compliance

Click one of the following links for more information about regulations, compliance and standards for caramel color and naturally derived colorings for food and beverage product applications:

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Studies on Caramel Colour

Is caramel color safe for human consumption in foods and drinks

Caramel colouring is commonly found in many food and beverage products and is considered to be safe and harmless according to leading food ingredient authorities worldwide. Here at DDW, our products go into over two billion servings of foods and drinks each day — so we take food safety and product quality very seriously. Over the past 40 years, we’ve been part of extensive food safety studies at the cost of millions of dollars.

A caramel color safety review completed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in March 2011 found that caramel colors are “neither genotoxic, nor carcinogenic.” In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists all four classes of caramel color listed on the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list of food ingredients.

For more facts about the safety of caramel color in food and beverage products, visit

Food product developers can contact a DDW sales representative for a customized product recommendation. You can also buy a jar for home use.

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