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Survey: Consumers all over the world prefer natural colors

Press release   •   Oct 06, 2011 00:00 UTC

An international consumer survey among 5,000 respondents confirms that today’s consumers prefer natural over artificial colors in their food and beverages.

Consumer researcher Nielsen has conducted a survey - on behalf of Chr. Hansen - among 5,000 consumers in 10 countries regarding natural colors.

Among the overall findings are:

  • 86% answer that they pay attention to news stories regarding the use of artificial vs. natural colors in foods
  • 92% answer that they are concerned about artificial colors
  • 88% state that natural colors add value to food and beverages
  • 78% are willing to pay a premium price for foods with natural colors




”Being the leading natural colors supplier to the global food and beverage industries Chr. Hansen is of course pleased with the survey findings. Apart from confirming that converting from artificial to natural colors is a global mega-trend, the survey documents that consumers in mature as well as emerging markets are really interested in the origin and processing of food colorings and that they are willing to pay a premium for products with natural colors. We believe that these findings are highly interesting to food manufacturers who are converting to natural colors these years,” says Chr. Hansen’s Per Sommer, Business Development Director.


“The research also holds valuable information for international as well as regional food manufacturers when making their product strategies in the markets. Based on these data and other market intelligence Chr. Hansen is able to advise customers accurately in product development and positioning,” Per Sommer concludes.

The survey was conducted among consumers in USA, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Poland, Russia, India, China and Australia in May and June 2011. A total of 5,000 consumers were involved in the research via online omnibus; 500 consumers from each market and among them, 50 from each target group defined by age and gender.

Meet Chr. Hansen at Food Ingredients Europe 2011 in Paris, France on November 29 – December 1, 2011. You will find our experts at stand number 2D31 in hall 2.

Read more about Chr. Hansen's natural colors - go to the natural colors for beverages, confectionery, ice cream, dairy, fruit preparations, prepared foods' Natural Colors website

Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2013/14 financial year was EUR 756 million. The company holds a leading market position in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors. It has more than 2,500 dedicated employees in over 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.

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