In poultry, skin, egg colour and appearance as well as consistency play a central role in the judging quality and marketability of the products. Oxycarotenoids are responsible for the pigmentation of egg yolks and skin as well as of legs, beak, combs and feathers and as poultry cannot produce these pigments, they must be consumed from the birds’ feed.
For more than 20 years, Kemin has been providing high-quality and safe carotenoid products to the poultry industry.
The use of natural pigments has increased due to consumer concerns. ORO GLO™ 20, a Marigold extract, and Kem GLO™ 5, a paprika extract, are natural pigments. Paprika (Capsicum annuum) contains red pigments whereas Marigolds are plants that are commonly used in yolk pigmentation and contains yellow carotenoids. Xanthophyll carotenoids in egg yolks are comprised of lutein and zeaxanthin, and Marigolds are one of the most concentrated sources of lutein (80% to 90% lutein).
Eggs supplemented with Lutein and Xantophyll carotenoids can have several developmental and physiological health benefits including:
ORO GLO™ 20, a source of yellow pigmentation made from Marigold flowers, improves egg yolk colour and increases lutein levels. The manufacturing technology used produces a highly stable, consistent orange/yellow carotenoid, which allows for:
Kemin developed Kem GLO™ 5, a natural egg yolk pigmentation stabiliser made from paprika peppers with a consistent orange/red colour. By combining Kem GLO™ 5 with ORO GLO™ 20 poultry egg farmers will achieve a darker egg yolk colour.
Kem GLO™ 5 benefits: