What food colors do you use?

We use a variety of different food colors in some of our drinks to give them the distinct appearance that you know and love. We use colors, such as:

  • Annatto (an orange-red food color from a tropical fruit)
  • Beta-apo-8'-carotenal (an orange food color from citrus fruits, like oranges and tangerines)
  • Beta-carotene (red, orange and yellow pigments from fruits and vegetables of the same color, like carrots, mangoes and sweet potatoes)
  • Blue 1 (an FDA-certified food coloring used to give vibrant coloring)
  • Caramel color (food coloring made by heating sugars and starches, like corn, as well as common food acids, bases and salts)
  • Grape skin extract (made from the skin of purplish-red grapes)
  • Green 3 (an FDA-certified food coloring used to give vibrant coloring)
  • Red 40 (an FDA-certified food coloring used to give vibrant coloring)
  • Yellow 5 (an FDA-certified food coloring used to give vibrant coloring) and more

When we use food colors in our drinks, you’ll see them clearly labeled on our bottles and cans. They will be listed next to the Nutrition Facts label.

We only use colors that have been tested and confirmed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other globally recognized authorities including the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). JECFA was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Why do you use food coloring?

We use food coloring in small quantities to give products a vibrant and attractive color.

 

Is food coloring bad for you?

No. The safety of our ingredients and beverages is really important to us.

We only use colors that have been tested and confirmed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other globally recognized authorities including the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). JECFA was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO).

These authorities have set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for food coloring. This is how much you can safely have each day. The amount used in our beverages is far below these levels. To find out more about daily intake levels, go here.

 

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink beverages that contain food colors?

Yes. We only use colors that have been thoroughly tested and accepted as safe by globally recognized authorities, like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you are pregnant or concerned, please speak with your doctor for advice.

 

Which of your beverages use food colors?

We know you are curious about the food colors we use. When we use them in our drinks, you’ll see them clearly labeled on our bottles and cans. They will be listed next to the Nutrition Facts label. Some of the most common food colors people ask about are annatto, beta-carotene, caramel color, red 40 and yellow 5. Here are a few examples of where we use them. They help give our products their distinct color.

Annatto

 

 

 

Beta-Carotene

 

 

 

Caramel Color

 

 

 

Red 40

 

 

 

Yellow 5
Annatto gives a nice orange-red color to: Beta-carotene adds the right red, orange and yellow pigment to these fan favorites: Caramel color can be found in our colas, teas and root beers, like these:

We use Red 40 in Fanta and other drinks like:

We use Yellow 5 in Mello Yello and a few others. Check these out:


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