Nature-identical colorant with superior stability

About Apocarotenal

Apocarotenal, or trans-β-apo-8′-carotenal, is a carotenoid found in spinach and citrus fruits.

While a natural form is not available in the market place, Apocarotenal is a highly stable, orange to orange-red molecule used for coloration in foods and beverages.

It advantageously replaces artificial dyes and helps food marketers in their transition to clean labels.

Divis Beta Carotene

Divi’s Apocarotenal

Divi’s Apocarotenal is a nature-identical colorant that gives a light orange to orange-red hue to a large range of food and beverage products. It offers superior performance in applications:

  • Uniform color shade in food preparations
  • No red spots
  • Excellent color stability
  • Desirable appearance
  • Suitable for applications requiring high temperature heating

Silicon dioxide-free apocarotenal for supplements, foods and beverages

To help our customers target consumer demand for additive-free supplements, food and beverages, our range also includes silicon dioxide-free product forms.

Divi’s Apocarotenal portfolio for a wide range of foods and beverages

Thanks to our formulation expertise, we offer an extensive portfolio of apocarotenal forms: spray-dried powders, microencapsulated beadlets, oil solutions and suspensions. Divi’s Apocarotenal can be used in a wide range of applications. These include, but are not limited to:

Divi's Apocarotenal in Dairy



Divis Apocarotenal in Confectinary


Hard candies

Divis Apocarotenal in Frozen Desserts

Frozen Desserts

Ice cream
Low fat ice cream

Divis Apocarotenal in Bakery


Fruit filling
Divis Apocarotenal in Savory Foods


Salad dressing
Cheese sauce
Vegan sausages

Divis Apocarotenal in Beverages


Soy milk

Tailor-made solutions for specific needs

At Divi’s Nutraceuticals, we listen to our customers and understand their needs. We offer versatile and personalized solutions to help them achieve their objectives in terms of innovation and product development. In addition to our extensive apocarotenal portfolio, we can adapt our product formulations and solution concentrations to fit the individual needs of our customers.

Divi’s Apocarotenal Portfolio

  • Product forms include spray dried powders, microencapsulated beadlets, and oil solutions
  • Matrix (or carrier) variation in the forms supports specific application functions: water or oil dispersibility, use in dry blends
Dispersibility Function Application
Product name Product Code Cold Water Dispersible Oil Dispersible Coloration Fortification Beverages Food Tablets & Hard-shell Capsules Soft-gelatin Capsules
Apocarotenal 1% SD/SF

Spray-dried silicon dioxide free powder

HNAP01E x   x x x  
Apocarotenal 10% SD


HNAP10D x   x x x  
Apocarotenal 10% DG

Dispersible grade beadlets

HNAP10A x   x x x  
Apocarotenal 2%

Solution in oil

HNAP02A x x   x  
Apocarotenal 20% LF

Suspension in MCT oil

HNAP20A   x x   x  
Apomix 73


HNAP01A   x x   x  

Apocarotenal 1% SD/SF (HNAP01E) Spray-Dried Powder Silicon Dioxide Free Powder

  • Dispersibility: Cold Water Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Beverages, Food

Apocarotenal 10% SD/SF (HNAP10D) Powder

  • Dispersibility: Cold Water Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Beverages, Food

Apocarotenal 10% DG (HNAP10A) Dispersible Grade Beadlets

  • Dispersibility: Cold Water Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Beverages, Food

Apocarotenal 2% (HNAP02A) Solution in Oil

  • Dispersibility: Oil Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Food

Apocarotenal 20% LF (HNAP20A) Solution in MCT Oil

  • Dispersibility: Oil Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Food

Apomix 73 (HNAP01A) Solution

  • Dispersibility: Oil Dispersible
  • Function: Coloration
  • Application: Food

      Regulatory Info

      USA: The color additive [beta]-apo-8’-carotenal may be safely used for coloring foods generally, subject to the following restrictions: 1) The quantity of [beta]-apo-8’-carotenal does not exceed 15 milligrams per pound of solid or semisolid food or 15 milligrams per pint of liquid food. 2) It may not be used to color foods for which standards of identity have been promulgated under section 401 of the act unless added color is authorized by such standards. Labeling: Beta-apo-8’-carotenal (Color). Uses and restrictions: 21CFR73.90

      EU: The use of Apocarotenal (E 161e) as a food additive in the EU is determined by Reg. 1333/2008, specifying the respective food categories and maximum levels. Depending on the respective food category, the use of apocarotenal may be authorized as part of the group III additives where combined maximum limits apply or as individual additive, specified by an entry under E 161e.