what we do

Mother Nature supplies the raw materials, DDW adds 155 years of coloring expertise. It is a brilliant partnership that offers a complete range of natural and caramel colors, burnt sugars, and the widest variety of fruit and vegetable-based browns to food and beverage manufacturers around the world. All of our products, people, and capabilities are solely focused on creating colors.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to work together to serve customers while building community. We strive to provide customers with beautiful natural color solutions, technical expertise, and support to help them create successful, consumer-relevant products.

What We Value


Implement processes and promote behaviors to ensure predictably safe operations at each of our locations.


Hold our plants to the highest quality standards for the safe production of food ingredients for our global customers and consumers. Seek out continuous improvement opportunities.


Maintain dedication to the success of our customers and fellow associates. Adapt to changing and uncertain circumstances to provide the best, uninterrupted service possible.


Treat our customers and associates with kindness and respect.

Make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work.

Our Story

DDW was founded in New York in 1865 to provide malt for brewing companies. Over the next 140 years, we survived prohibition and adapted to supply caramel color for the burgeoning soft drink market. Through this, we became experts in all things caramel for the food and beverage industry and expanded to Ireland, China, eSwatini, Brazil, and the UK.

In 2005, we took our passion for quality and excellence in caramel color and leapt into the world of natural colors. In the past 15 years we have added natural color facilities in the US, Ireland, UK, and Chile, and are now one of the leading suppliers of natural and caramel colors around the world.