Corn is nature’s renewable building block and plays a role every day in our lives. It’s a versatile resource that can be used for just about everything – from making our food taste better and our cosmetics last longer, to making our packaging more environmentally friendly and our medicines easier to swallow.

The kernel of innovation is everywhere – including in our office! Explore all the products corn is in below:

Sports and Energy Bars

Chocolate coatings made with the low-calorie sweetener maltitol keeps sports bars soft and protects essential nutrients.

Tanning Leather

In the tanning industry, liquid glucose is used to improve the flexibility of leather.

Spark Plugs

Cornstarch hardens when heated, protecting spark plugs from the high temperatures and acid solvents in car engines.

Tortilla Chips

Corn oil is used in frying tortilla and other snack chips, reducing both saturated fat and trans fat.

Stamp and Envelope Adhesive

Dextrin serves as the water-activated adhesive on stamps and envelopes.

Sugar-Free Cake

Erythritol is a zero-calorie sweetener and sugar substitute that results in moister, softer baked goods.

Shoe Polish

Liquid glucose is added to shoe polish to prevent it from caking and to give footwear a shinier finish.

Surgical Dressings

Some bandages include cornstarch. Its super-absorbent properties help accelerate healing and reduce scarring.

Styrofoam Replacement

Polystyrene cups, long considered a threat to the environment, are being supplanted by biodegradable products made from bioprocessing cornstarch.


Rubber made from bioprocessed cornstarch reduces rolling resistance and weight for better fuel economy and better traction.

Shampoos and Conditioners

Cornstarch helps to strengthen hair, while corn oil acts as a conditioner. Xanthan gum, made from corn bioprocessing, is a stabilizer and thickener.

Wallpaper Glue

How does wallpaper stick? Dextrin is a key ingredient in many wallpaper adhesives.