You might say that Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas is the secret ingredient to PepsiCo and Coca-Cola's success. The company, an affiliate of UK ingredient giant Tate & Lyle, is one of a handful of producers that make high-fructose corn syrup -- the liquid sweetener used by virtually all soft-drink manufacturers in the world. Offering hundreds of nutritive sweeteners and industrial starches, the company is one of the largest corn refiners in the US. In addition to corn syrup, Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas manufactures sweeteners (including sucralose, the main ingredient in SPLENDA), acidulants, and animal-feed. The company also partners with bio-based materials businesses to produce such renewable products as farnesene, or Biofene.