Patents Assigned to Big Heart Pet Brands
  • Publication number: 20170361485
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed to manufacture a plurality of edible pieces in a continuous process where each piece is generally different in thickness, shape, size and/or texture from another piece, so as to create, in the aggregate product distribution, pieces of randomly varying thickness, size, shape and/or texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill
  • Publication number: 20160110737
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods for assessing the emotional response of non-verbalizing consumers to products and product alternatives. The disclosure further relates to methods for assessing the emotional responses of humans to viewing interactions between non-verbalizing consumers and products or product alternatives. These assessments, separately or together, can guide the design and content of products and materials used to inform potential human purchasers about products intended for non-verbalizing consumers particularly when the viewing-humans stand in a custodial or ownership relationship to the non-verbalizing consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Jill VILLAREAL, Philip A. GABLE
  • Publication number: 20150313185
    Abstract: Described herein are chewable articles intended to be provided to animals for purposes including dental cleaning, breath freshening, nutrition, administration to the animal of beneficial agents, satisfaction of the animal's urge to chew, and general enjoyment by the animal. Also disclosed are apparatus and methods for making such chewable articles, the methods including the use of a processing aid to lubricate the article-forming apparatus, such as extruders, portioners, and molds, and to reduce the power requirements of such apparatus in the forming process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Donald R. BARNVOS, John F. BERRY, Melinda S. COPE, Mark DONATUCCI, Juravic DAVOR, Oscar ORTIZ
  • Patent number: 9119407
    Abstract: Processes, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed relating to edible meat pieces obtained from a continuous process where each piece generally appears to be home cooked on a grill or cooked in a smoke house with randomized sear and grill marks and smoke aroma. The invention, in its various embodiments, provides processes for manufacturing shelf-stable food treats comprising: starting with proteinaceous material (ground or whole), mixing the proteinaceous material with preservatives and flavor enhancers to form a foodstuff, extruding proteinaceous material (if ground) through at least one die opening that is at least partially irregular to form at least one strip of extrudate, cooking the extrudate or whole proteinaceous material to form a cooked product, coating the cooked product with a basting solution, grilling the basted products to obtain grilled products with searing, grill marks, and smoke aroma; and cutting the grilled product at a cutting angle into pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventor: Oscar Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20140335223
    Abstract: A pet treat is disclosed, which includes a rotatable, lickable spherical portion; and a support having an internal cavity shaped to conform to the outside of the spherical portion, and wherein the spherical portion is freely rotatable within the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: TRACY GRAMMER, Davor JURAVIC, William KEEHN, Steven BAUTISTA, Eric J. LEW
  • Patent number: 8714112
    Abstract: An aerodynamically interactive artifact is proportioned to experience at least one of tumbling, fluttering, and autorotating motion when subjected to free fall in a gravitational field. Suitable shapes include films, strips, butterflies, birds, and the like. The artifact may be contain a neutraceutical, may be dissolvable in pet saliva, and may provide an olfactory sensation for a pet. Dimensionless parameters such as Froude number and length-to-thickness ratios may be used to select aerodynamically interactive motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Jay Kling, Tracy Grammer, Eric Lew, Donald Barnvos, Tracy Wojnarowski
  • Patent number: 8709520
    Abstract: A flexible, strip-shaped food product is made by comminuting substantially frozen meat, such as chicken, and heating the comminuted meat to at least partially denature the meat proteins and cooling the cooked meat. About 4% by weight to about 45% by weight of wheat flour is admixed with the cooked meat, with other ingredients, such as an alginate gum, to form a dough. The wheat flour unexpectedly increases tensile strength of the dough and products baked from the dough, and maintains flexibility of the strip-shaped food products over an extended period of time. Cooking of the meat in the presence of salt unexpectedly increases water activity of the pieces, resulting in a product that has a skin and moist middle, while maintaining tensile strength. The dough is rotary-molded into strip-shaped pieces. The rotary mold may have angled die cups. The strip-shaped dough pieces are then baked and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Robert J. Lombard, Kenchu Tham, Haitao Ni, Paul Ziemba, Harry Levine
  • Patent number: 8702413
    Abstract: An extrusion process incorporates a forming manifold where a tubular flow of a second material is intermittently interrupted while a core flow of a first material is discharged substantially continuously. Subsequently, the core flow is severed to form individual food items or treats for humans, animals, and the like, where the tubular flow results in an outer component surrounding an inner component which protrudes from one or both ends of the outer component. Material of the core flow is bone-like, while material of the tubular flow is meat like. Material of the tubular flow may include material from the core flow subjected to mixing in a static mixer to achieve a marbled texture of the outer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Donald Barnvos, Hilda Fleischman, Davor Juravic, William Keehn, Steven Bautista, Eric J. Lew, Yomayra Diaz, Franjo Baltorinic
  • Patent number: D715516
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Donald Richard Barnvos, Peter John Bronk, Nicole Massey, Ignacio Alfonzo Mendez, Sarah Miller, Gina Lynn Romero, Martin Schnitzer, Geoff Tanner
  • Patent number: D725866
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Donald Richard Barnvos, Oscar Ortiz, Glenn Shull, John Frederick Berry, Mark Donatucci, Davor Juravic
  • Patent number: D728364
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Baker, Nicole Massey, Geoff Tanner
  • Patent number: D751266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Mark Donatucci, Glenn Shull, Rocco Dominic Papalia
  • Patent number: D760466
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Scott McCoy, Sergio A. Jimenez-Marquez, Rajappan Balagopal