Black Hues

Black hue
Black colouring, whether natural or synthetic, is typically a combination of primary colours red, blue and yellow.

Colouring manufacturers either combine equal parts of primary colours or add blue to caramel colour. Grape skin and a dark caramel colour, such as DDW 055 or DDW 605, can achieve some of the missing grey/blue undertones; however, application options are limited and the amount of required colouring may impact flavor.

In the European Union, food manufacturers can use Carbon Black, an insoluble powder formed from the combustion of vegetable material, without needing additional colour combinations.

Hues that could be created within the black range of natural colours include blackberry, wild rice, peppercorn, soy sauce, roasted coffee, poppy seed or truffle hues.

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