Kazunori Tanaka | DIC

DIC seeks to leverage microalgae for a future of color and comfort.

”Demands for sustainability are increasing daily. This demand affects traditional food items as well as the chemical industry. We must redesign products, starting with the origin of raw materials through the end of their useful life.”

We’ve built a robust palette via chemicals and microalgae. Now, Checkerspot is adding ``more color`` to our arsenal. Most importantly, the Checkerspot ethos aligns perfectly with DIC’s Vision to safely bring Color and Comfort into people’s lives. Together, we’re creating sustainable materials and solutions.

– Kazunori Tanaka, Healthcare Project Manager, DIC Corporation

While DIC has more than 100 years of history producing printing inks and related chemicals, We also have over 40 years of experience cultivating Spirulina blue-green algae, an all-in-one source of vital nutrients, including high levels of protein, widely recognized as a superfood.

As such, DIC is one of the longest-running algae cultivating companies in the world. We have extracted the all-natural blue colorant, Phycocyanin—the only natural blue food colorant in the world, certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMA).