In terms of the development and application of natural pigments, Japan leads the world in the forefront as early as 1975 the use of natural pigments, pigment has been exceeded. Now Japan's natural pigment the size of the market has more than 200 million yen, and pigment is only one-tenth per cent of market, about 2 billion yen. By May 1995, Japan approved the use of 97 species of natural pigments. Japan market demand in more than 200 tons of the previous year was caramel, annatto Orange element,, red pepper, gardenia yellow pigment of monascus pigment pigments and 6 natural pigment products such as Curcumin, caramel of highest demand, consumption up to 2000 tons a year, accounting for 40% of the total consumption of natural pigments.
Products of natural edible pigment in China the largest production of caramel pigment, with an annual output accounted for 86% of natural edible pigments, mainly used for the brewing industry and the beverage industry. Followed by monascus red radish, sorghum, gardenia yellow, red, sodium copper chlorophyll, carotene color, turmeric, cocoa shells, mainly used for wine, candy, meat, artificial crab meat, jelly, ice cream and other foods. Due to the high price of natural food pigment and limited by current standards of living, it is also less commonly used in the food manufacturing industry in the country. With the further improvement of people's living standards in China, return to nature, eating whole natural raw materials of the products will become the mainstream of food consumption, domestic demand for natural edible pigments in food manufacturing continues to grow, will also open up the natural pigment in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other aspects are more broader applications.