According to Mintel, the global use of natural food color (including coloring foods) is approaching 80% across all food and beverages. 

The transition to natural food colors is now broad-based and global in nature. Our priority at Sensient is to ensure a consistent and growing supply of color crop production to meet the demand. The benefits of a good agronomy program go far beyond a stable and growing supply though. 

An agronomy program traced back to the seed of a color crop also enables these advantages: 

  • Improved cost over time as agronomists increase pigment levels in key color crops
  • A reliable and more consistent supply due to a multi-region planting program
  • Complete food color traceability to the farm level
  • Discovery of new botanical sources like a blue shade that solves some of the industry’s biggest challenges with natural food color
  • Ability to positively impact people around the world with programs benefiting local economies in a socially responsible manner

Learn more about Sensient’s agronomy program directly from our head agronomist in this video.


By partnering with farmers in our growing locations around the world, we are able to collaborate responsibly.

In addition, our bi-hemisphere approach to crop production enables more seed-to-harvest cycles, eliminating potential supply and forecasting disruptions. As we continue to develop our agronomy program, which we call ‘Seed-to-Shelf’, an ongoing focus will always be addressing many of the opportunities and challenges associated with a global supply chain.

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