Caramel Color for Clean Labels

To address the consumer demand for clean labels and “Free From” ingredients, SETHNESS ROQUETTE Products Company continues to expand its wide variety of Caramel Colors that meet the unique specifications of many of today’s food and beverage products. In addition to the diverse color spectrum of SETHNESS ROQUETTE’ Class I to Class IV Caramel Colors, SETHNESS ROQUETTE provides a multitude of clean-label options:

  • Gluten-free
  • Allergen-free
  • G.R.A.S.
  • Certified Organic
  • Minimally-processed
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Halal

SETHNESS ROQUETTE Caramel Colors are clean, consumer-friendly safe ingredients you can feel good about using. They should be simply labeled as “Caramel Color,” or “Caramel”.

Is Caramel Color Natural?

This is the most frequently-asked question we hear at SETHNESS ROQUETTE, but there continues to be no legal definition of “natural” in the United States. There has been an industry shift to incorporating more Class I or Plain Caramel Colors, but any class of Caramel Color should simply be labeled “Caramel Color” or “Caramel” on product labels. Since Caramel Color is a single color additive, its compositional constituents need not be listed.

Unlike FD&C dyes, Caramel Color does not require certification. Caramel Color is GRAS and in the same category as other natural colorants such as annatto, beta carotene, beet juice, etc. There is no “Natural Certificate” for Caramel Color. SETHNESS ROQUETTE also manufactures one liquid and one powdered Certified Organic Caramel Color that are our most label-friendly Caramel Colors.

Download our Natural Status Statement (pdf)

Absence of GMO’s in Caramel Colors

SETHNESS ROQUETTE Caramel Colors, in their final form, do not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), but depending upon the carbohydrate used to produce a specific Caramel Color, it should be referred to as either “derived from” or “not derived from” GMO’s.

SETHNESS ROQUETTE produces its Caramel Colors from any one of these carbohydrates:

  • Highly-refined, high dextrose (glucose) corn syrup
  • Highly-refined, high fructose corn syrup
  • Cane sugar (sucrose)
  • Certified Organic raw cane sugar (sucrose)

Corn syrups contain GMO’s, but the corn syrups SETHNESS ROQUETTE uses to manufacture many of our Caramel Colors are refined only from the starch fraction of corn which does not contain GMO’s. Additionally, the cane sugars used in some of our Caramel Colors do not contain GMO’s. Therefore, given the purity of our raw materials and our stringent processing conditions, we can say with confidence that our products are free of any genetically engineered material.

Download our GMO Statement (pdf)

Twelve Non-GMO Project Verified Caramel Colors

NON GMO LogoTo address the growing trend for Non-GMO consumer products, SETHNESS ROQUETTE now offers the industry’s most complete line of Non-GMO Project Verified Caramel Colors and Caramelized Sugar Syrups made from cane sucrose. Our Non-GMO Project Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means SETHNESS ROQUETTE must follow rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. Achieving this verification assures SETHNESS ROQUETTE customers who require Non-GMO ingredients are getting products that are verified by the industry standard. For more information on the Non-GMO Project, please visit

Download our Non-GMO Project Certificate of Compliance (pdf)
Learn more about our Non-GMO Project Verified Caramel Colors

Certified Organic Caramel Colors

SETHNESS ROQUETTE offers two Certified Organic Class I Caramel Colors: OC114 (liquid) and OC234 (powdered). Our Certified Organic Caramel Colors are produced from the controlled heat treatment of Certified Organic food-grade sucrose and are appropriately labeled as “Organic Caramel Color”. They are also Non-GMO Project Verified — specifically produced with non-genetically modified cane sugar.

Download our Organic Certificate
Learn more about our Certified Organic Caramel Colors

Delivering Gluten-Free Benefits

As consumers search for solutions to help them cope with the negative effects of Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies, SETHNESS ROQUETTE provides safe, consumer-friendly Caramel Colors that give gluten-free products an enticing appearance.

SETHNESS ROQUETTE Caramel Colors contain no gluten and meet the 21 CFR 101.91 gluten-free requirements set by the FDA. Gluten is not present in corn or sugar cane based materials. Since SETHNESS ROQUETTE Caramel Colors are exclusively manufactured from these two raw materials, they do not contain gluten.

Additional Clean-Label Caramel Color Options

To learn more about our Caramel Colors for clean labels, including allergen-free, vegan, Halal and Kosher, visit our Documentation page.

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