Lake food colours – popularly known as lakes – are one of the two food colour additives (the other being dyes). Lake colours are very popular synthetic food colour. In fact, lake colours are not only used for foods but are also used in a variety of other industries like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, inks, plastic food containers etc. Lake food colours are essentially pigments – popular as lake pigments – as their colouring is achieved by dispersion of colours that have different concentrations. Lakes are available in a wide array of colours.