PRODUCTS MADE FROM CORN
Corn refiners use shelled corn which has been stripped from the cob during harvesting. Refiners separate the corn into its components — starch, oil, protein, and fiber — and convert them into higher value products.
Corn sweeteners are the most important refined corn products. Last year, corn sweeteners supplied nearly 50 percent of the U.S. nutritive sweetener market.
The second major refined corn product category is feed. Refined corn feed products provide protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins to feed the cattle, fish, hogs, and poultry that enrich our diets.
The third major corn product — a mainstay of the industry and of the U.S. economy — is starch. Americans rely on corn refiners for over 90 percent of their starch needs.
Corn oil, which is high in mono and poly unsaturated fats, has gained attention as a top choice for reducing saturated fat and trans fat in numerous food products.
Ethanol, which is gaining increasing acceptance as a cleaner burning option for motor fuels, is another important product. Approximately 10 percent of ethanol produced in the U.S. is made by the corn wet milling industry.
Corn refining is America’s premier bioproducts industry, with increasing production of amino acids, antibiotics, vitamins, and biodegradable plastics adding further value to the U.S. corn crop.
- CRA Supports the Formation of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba January 8, 2015
- Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the recent University of Utah Study on the Effects of Fructose Consumption on Female Mice January 5, 2015
- Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the Recent Article in the Journal Open Heart on the Effects of Sugar Consumption on Cardiometabolic Disease December 15, 2014
- Corn Refiners Association Praises EPA Decision on TSCA Exemptions December 12, 2014
- Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the recent University of Southern California Study On the Effects of Fructose and Glucose on Brain Activity December 10, 2014