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The Rise of Synthetic Colors in the American Food Industry, 1870–1940
Business History Review
This article examines how, starting in the 1870s, food manufacturers in the United States began to use standardized color, achieved by synthetic dyes, as part of their marketing strategies. The emergence of the synthetic dye industry paralleled the growth of mass production and mass marketing in the American food industry. It provided food manufacturers with an economical means to standardize their products and helped establish brand identities through consistent appearance. By 1938, food dyesdoi:10.1017/s0007680516001021 fatcat:4iovl5alhbcwpowgliftcxgbmu