The water-soluble form of carmine is also used in some alcoholic drinks, such as Campari. The insoluble form is used in a wide variety of products, including some meat, sausages, processed poultry products, marinades, bakery products and toppings, cookies, desserts, icings, pie fillings, jams, preserves, gelatin desserts, juice beverages, some cheese and other dairy products, sauces, and sweets.
The pharmaceutical industry uses cochineal to color pills and ointments, and it is used in the cosmetics industry for hair- and skin-care products, lipsticks, face powders, rouges, and blushes.
According to one distributor of carmine, the product can be used in the following ways:
- Food Industry – Frozen fish, meat, etc.
- Beverage Industry – Soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc.
- Alcoholic Beverages – Products with low pH requiring red or orange tones
- Dairy Industry – Yogurts, ice cream and dairy based beverages
- Confections – Candy, fillings, syrups, chewing gum, etc.
- Fruit Preparations – Canned fruits such as cherries, Jams, Pulp, etc.
- Cosmetic Industry – Dispersions close to eye area, eye shadows, lipsticks, etc.
- Others – Ketchup, powdered drinks, dehydrated soups, canned soups, etc.
Carmine is also used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints and crimson ink. A bright red dye and the stain carmine used in microbiology is often made from the carmine extract.
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