Lycopene Overview


The term Lycopene comes from the Latin term Lycopersicum, meaning the tomato species. Lycopene belongs to the carotenoid family and offers a vibrant range of red shades which make popular food colorings. This carotenoid hydrocarbon is found not just in tomatoes, but in other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, grapefruits, pink guavas and papayas.

Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid quencher of singlet oxygen and has shown to be 100 times more efficient than Vitamin E in test tube studies. The ingredient is also a powerful antioxidant which has shown to improve immune and cardiac health and reduce the risk of cancers.

The incorporation of lycopene into food applications enables manufacturers to produce vibrant, nutritious food & beverages which carry many health benefits to consumers.


Health Benefits of Lycopene:

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Supports healthy immune functions
  • Improves heart health
  • Reduces risk of cancers


Allied Biotech from Taiwan is the world’s 3rd largest producer of β-carotene, and partnering with them enables FSL to offer a diverse range of the most technologically advanced carotenoids for food and beverage applications.


The Lycotene® product range includes powders, emulsions, and oil suspensions, providing more flexibility and choice for food and beverage manufacturers, as well as dietary supplement applications:

Lycotene® Powder

The powder formulation has been developed to impart shades of fine red color and also as a nutrient for food, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical products.

Lycotene® Tablet Grade

For use in premixes, multivitamins and other dietary supplements.

Lycotene® Emulsion

Lycopene in an oil-in-water emulsion which is animal product-free and palm oil-free. This emulsion has excellent stability in any water-based food applications, yielding a bright and appealing shade of red.

Lycotene® Suspension

Lycopene crystals are finely dispersed in vegetable oil. It is mainly used in soft gel capsules. It can also be used in oil/fat-based applications as a nutrient or a natural food color.