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Food, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Ingredient Supply


Cathay Industries manufactures and supplies a complete range of food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients, additives, flavours, colours, preservatives and more.

Contact Cathay Industries for enquiries, product information and custom solutions, or learn more about our range of:

 

Food, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Colours

Cathay Industries is a total colour solutions provider across all industries, including foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The colour solutions we bring to these areas include a varied selection of oxides, dyes, pigments and dispersions for all food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing requirements.

Cathaypure Synthetic high purity iron oxides
Exacert FDA certified dyes and pigments
Exacol Water soluble powder dyes
Exagran Water soluble granular dyes
Exalake Water insoluble pigments
Exanat Natural colours
Exasperse Dispersed dyes or pigments

If nothing in our standard range is ideal for your requirements, simply get in touch with your nearest Cathay Industries branch, and we’ll help you find the perfect answer or custom colour solution.

These synthetic high purity iron oxides have been developed specially for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, and include a range of black, yellow, red and brown iron oxides that meet European E172 specifications.

The CathayPure range is manufactured in our Valparaiso, USA operations centre – one of very few locations worldwide with the means to provide the exceptional pigment properties that have come to characterise CathayPure’s excellent performance in today’s many high purity pigment oxide applications.

D&C Red No. 27 & 28

D&C Red No. 33

D&C Red No. 34

D&C Red No. 36

D&C Yellow No. 10

FD&C Blue No. 1 (133)

FD&C Blue No. 2 (132)

FD&C Red No. 3 (127)

FD&C Red No. 40 (129)

FD&C Yellow No. 5 (102)

FD&C Yellow No. 6 (110)

Cathay’s ExaCert colours are available as water soluble dyes, granules and insoluble lakes. All ExaCert colours in all formats have been tested and approved by the FDA for use in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications.

A versatile set of dyes and pigments that spans both rich and subtle blues, yellows and reds, the ExaCert range is highly regarded for its versatility, ease of use and impressive consistency of results.

Allura Red (129)

Amaranth (123)

Brilliant Black PN (151)

Brilliant Blue FCF (133)

Brown HT (155)

Carmoisine / Azorubine (122)

Erythrosine (127)

Green S (142)

Indigo Carmine (132)

Patent Blue V (131)

Ponceau 4R (124)

Quinoline Yellow (104)

Sunset Yellow (110)

Tartrazine (102)

The Exacol colours are water soluble powder dyes for use in varied food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. To assist in their application, Exacol dyes are available in two forms: plating grade (Exacol PG) and spray dried grade (Exacol SD).

Exacol PG is suitable for direct application in many products, particularly powdered ones where uniform distribution is required, while Exacol SD is a finer, more free-flowing powder, easily dispensed and dissolved.

Both Exacol SD and Exacol PG powder blends are customised to achieve the specific shade requirements of our customers’ products, to assist in application and to reduce the potential for error associated with adding individual dyes in required ratios.

Exacol powders are also available as blends and liquids. All powder forms retain the name Exacol, while all liquid blends of this product adopt the name ExaSperse.

Allura Red (129)

Amaranth (123)

Brilliant Black PN (151)

Brilliant Blue FCF (133)

Brown HT (155)

Carmoisine / Azorubine (122)

Erythrosine (127)

Green S (142)

Indigo Carmine (132)

Ponceau 4R (124)

Quinoline Yellow (104)

Sunset Yellow (110)

Tartrazine (102)

Water soluble granular food dyes, produced to meet the requirements of the food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries, ExaGran dyes may be co-packed to eliminate the potential for error. In addition to this, they also provide exceptional handling and dust-reduction properties, bringing not only comfort and safety benefits, but also reducing the potential for cross contamination within the dispensing area.

ExaGran dyes are not suitable for dry blending. They are intended to be used in the preparation of liquid colours.

Allura Red (129)

Amaranth (123)

Brilliant Blue FCF (133)

Brown HT (155)

Carmoisine / Azorubine (122)

Erythrosine (127)

Indigo Carmine (132)

Ponceau 4R (124)

Quinoline Yellow (104)

Sunset Yellow (110)

Tartrazine (102)

Cathay’s ExaLake range consists of water insoluble food colours, intended to colour by dispersion rather than dissolution, in either liquid or powder form. ExaLake colours are produced from ExaCol dyes, and come in a similar colour range. One of the primary differences, however, is that ExaLake is reflective and therefore produces a more opaque look. ExaLakes are produced in 3 groups: low, mid and high pure dye content, with corresponding variations of shade and colour strength. In typical dyes, a higher pure dye content will have stronger red tones, while lower will generally have stronger blue and yellow tones.

ExaLakes, however, are different. The pure dye content of each ExaLake batch is still analysed and stated for regulatory purposes, but is not recommended to be used for specification purposes.

ExaLake colour is more greatly affected by particle shape, size and distribution than pure dye content, and they can generally achieve brightness and stability which surpasses that of equivalent dyes. Their key applications include products where there is insufficient solvent to dissolve a dye, where the stability of a dye may not withstand the conditions and where the colour migration is a problem. Fat, oil and wax based products where dyes are not soluble require the use of ExaLakes. Similarly, high heat processing, such as retort or UHT processes, often degrade dyes. ExaLakes however are able to withstand these conditions.

Because ExaLake colours are not intended for dissolution, they may impart colour in either powder or liquid forms. For optimal results and the best colour consistency, however, breakdown of the agglomerations they form is required. Where possible, it is recommended that ExaSperse liquid colours, produced with ExaLakes, are utilised. Custom ExaSperse liquids contain the required concentration of ExaLake colour predispersed in an application-compatible solvent.

Annatto (160b)

Anthocyanins (163)

Astaxanthin

Beet Red (162)

Caramels (150a-150d)

Carotenal, b apo 8′ (160e)

Carotenes (160a)

Chlorophylls (140)

Cochineal & Carmine (120)

Curcumin / Turmeric (100)

Lutein (161b)

Lycopene (160d)

Paprika (160c)

Riboflavin (101)

Saffron, Crocetin & Crocin (164)

Vegetable Carbon (153)

ExaNat is Cathay’s range of natural colours, high purity iron oxides and extracts, designed to meet the ever-developing need for natural ingredients and colour systems within the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

ExaNat can meet consumer demands for a ‘cleaner’ product without compromising their visual expectations for it. Development of the ExaNat range is a continuous process, and we’re always looking at new ways of broadening its capabilities with new natural colours and extracts.

Natural colours have a reputation for being expensive and difficult to use, primarily due to their relative lack of strength, stability and solubility. Through specific processing, however, they can largely overcome most of these obstacles. Significant improvements in concentration, diversification of solubility and protection against common degradation parameters can be achieved, making natural colours and extracts a much more attractive option. In addition to this, greater public interest has led to improved agricultural and harvesting practices, bringing ongoing improvements to product consistency and cost-effectiveness.

The ExaNat range includes blends, solutions, dispersions and emulsions, making it relatively easy to incorporate natural colours into existing processes. This also lets us meet the specific requirements of all our customers and accommodate seasonal variations that are associated with natural extracts.

Many countries have a list of approved natural colours for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, most often supported by purity specifications. At Cathay Industries we work closely with our customers to ensure that ExaNat products conform to the standards required by their markets.

Annatto (160b)

Anthocyanins (163)

Astaxanthin

Beet Red (162)

Caramels (150a-150d)

Carotenal, b apo 8′ (160e)

Carotenes (160a)

Chlorophylls (140)

Cochineal & Carmine (120)

Curcumin / Turmeric (100)

Lutein (161b)

Lycopene (160d)

Paprika (160c)

Riboflavin (101)

Saffron, Crocetin & Crocin (164)

Vegetable Carbon (153)

Liquid blends produced by ExaCol or ExaGran or ExaLake dyes, these ExaSperse solutions are soluble in aqueous applications. Available in an exceptionally wide range, and with outstanding capacity for customisation, ExaSperse is the preferred liquid colour for many food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic uses.

ExaSperse colours completely eliminate the dusting and contamination issues often associated with the use of powdered dyes. As a liquid, ExaSperse products blend readily with compatible applications and eliminate the need to dissolve the colour in the end application.

Food Products

Through our own manufacturing facilities and expansive range of agencies and subsidiaries, Cathay Industries has become one of Australia’s most capable suppliers of food ingredients, additives and preservatives. Our range includes a wide variety of single or multifunctional chemicals, blends and ingredients.

Contact Cathay Industries for detailed product information, and all other enquiries regarding our range of:

  • Acidulants
  • Anti-caking agents
  • Antifoaming agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Bulking agents
  • Emulsifiers
  • Flavour enhancers
  • Mineral salts
  • Preservatives
  • Stabilisers
  • Starches
  • Thickeners
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Specialty food ingredients, additives, preservatives, flavours, colours and more

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Products

A number of pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturers have come to depend on the exceptional range of products, expertise and value-added services offered by Cathay Industries.

Contact Cathay Industries for a pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food ingredient supplier, more specific product information and all enquiries regarding our range of pharmaceutical and cosmetic additives, preservatives, raw materials and specialty ingredients, including:

  • Acidulants
  • Antioxidants
  • Emulsifiers
  • Plant extracts such as unsaponifiables
  • Preservatives
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • and other high quality raw materials
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