Some semantics in play here - artificial in this case meant it was added to the product and is not from the product of distillation and aging.
I suppose saying it is a natural additive may be more accurate but without a real difference.
made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, typically as a copy of something natural.
"E150a (plain caramel) is "prepared by the controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates (commercially available food grade nutritive sweeteners which are the monomers glucose and fructose and/or polymers thereof, e.g., glucose syrups, sucrose, and/or invert syrups, and dextrose). To promote caramelization, acids, alkalis and salts may be employed"
Anyway, what is a recommended Balcones line up?