“There’s something playful and artistic about exploring colors all day long,” she explains – especially if you have a true passion for, and a solid scientific base in, chemistry. All this to say that she’s something of a food artist as well as a chemist.
The food industry is one of the most highly regulated sectors in the world. Every product and formula must be developed within a strict regulatory framework. Even so, regulations can’t spoil the fun for Nsa’nkwe’ni, because she simply loves the world of colors. “I go through the world with my eyes and mind open to stay on top of the latest developments in the food industry,” she says.
For instance, she explains that Spirulina, a high-protein blue-green algae, which has been a standard ingredient in foods in Europe for decades, was only approved for food use in Canada in 2020.
This is great news for CAPOL’s food colorings, says Nsa’nkwe’ni, because it opens up lots of new possibilities, such as making gummy bears blue. “Like white, blue is a difficult color to achieve. You can’t get blue without Spirulina, especially when it comes to acidic foods such as gummy bears. But children love blue food! With Spirulina, we can enrich the world of food colorings the natural way.”