Patents Assigned to Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10440962
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling blisters. The method begins by mixing the ingredients to form a dough with a moisture content between about 35% and 60%. The dough is sheeted and cut. Thereafter, the dough is pre-heated to reduce the moisture content to between about 10% and about 45%. The preforms are then docked and dehydrated. The docking system, in one embodiment, has a backing plate and a docking device with at least two docking pins of varying lengths. The docking device is adjustable relative to the backing plate. The system also has a removing plate which removes preforms from the docking pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph William Kelly
  • Patent number: 10395211
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring inventory on a shelf. The invention describes an apparatus for determining the number of packages on a shelf or hanger. The number of packages on a shelf or hanger is determined by detecting the presence of a package on the shelf and adding all detections together to determine the number of product on a shelf. In another embodiment, the product is identified by an identifying device such as an SKU reader. Thus, the quantity and type of product located on a shelf or hanger is known. Such information allows a store to know the type and quantity of packages needed to restock a specific shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Allison, Kuntesh R. Chokshi, Allen Fosha
  • Patent number: 10375968
    Abstract: The invention is an improved process and system for producing a shaped snack chip. A shaping oven, which uses a chain edge conveyor having transverse slats with at least one spring affixed to the slats, is used to convert dough pieces into shaped pre-forms, which can optionally be further dehydrated to form shaped snack chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Allen Johnson, Scott Alan Richey, Richard James Ruegg, Sidharth Sambashivan, Rogers Williams
  • Patent number: 10375976
    Abstract: A flavor-enhanced beverage includes an added amount of pyroglutamic acid or a salt thereof. The pyroglutamic acid may be in the form of L-pyroglutamic acid, D-pyroglutamic acid, monosodium L-pyroglutamate, monosodium D-pyroglutamate, or a mixture thereof. Both ready-to-drink beverages (such as fruit juices, vegetable juices, coffee, tea, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, dairy, and low calorie drinks) as well as concentrated beverages used for the preparation of ready-to-drink beverages benefit from the addition of the pyroglutamic acid. The addition to a beverage product may be in an amount of up to about 3,000 ppm of pyroglutamic acid or a salt thereof, in concentrates, or up to about 300 ppm in ready-to-drink beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan K. Baier, Peta-Gaye Chambers, Winsome Johnson, Rajesh Venkata Potineni
  • Patent number: 10376924
    Abstract: A novel separation screen, a separation apparatus utilizing the separation screen, and a method for product separation are disclosed herein. The separation apparatus includes a housing defining a separation chamber having an inlet and a plurality of outlet orifices. A separation screen, which is located within the separation chamber, has a plurality of openings having fixed, non-uniform sizes. The separation apparatus also includes an adjustable feed placement device located upstream from the separation screen to direct a feed stream to a selected region of the separation screen to achieve a desired size distribution in each of the product streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin C. Cogan, Joseph H. Gold
  • Patent number: 10370128
    Abstract: A method for compacting and packaging a plurality of slugs of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form compact slugs of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber for each slug of product or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slugs can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the slugs of product are discharged to a multiple bagmaking packaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Bierschenk, Jerry Mike Reaves
  • Patent number: 10308385
    Abstract: A method for compacting a slug of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form a compact slug of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slug can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the product is discharged to a packaging apparatus. Because the product in the final package is denser, a smaller package can be utilized reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Bierschenk, Jerry Mike Reaves
  • Patent number: 10308379
    Abstract: A method for compacting a slug of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form a compact slug of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slug can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the product is discharged to a packaging apparatus. Because the product in the final package is denser, a smaller package can be utilized reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Bierschenk, Frank M. Brenkus, Jerry M. Reaves, Amelinda Melanson, Leon J. Krause, Ronald M. Gust
  • Patent number: 10287075
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a flat bottom pillow pouch that can stand upright on its bottom transverse seal. The flat bottom pillow bag can be made from the same film as a standard pillow pouch and requires less film than prior art stand up packages. The flat bottom pillow pouch disclosed herein has no gussets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Bierschenk, Martin Bernhard Dierl, Chad Arthur Huebner, Jerry Mike Reaves
  • Patent number: 10246247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for storing and dispensing a viscous product. The product and a propellant are stored in a container on a base, and the propellant forms a head space. In a storage configuration, the container rests on the base, the base rests on a surface, and the propellant in the head space and the product tend to move toward positions wherein the propellant in the head space is at a higher elevation than the product and the product is at a higher elevation than an inlet to a dispenser. In one aspect, the base comprises a first portion, a second portion comprising a lid, a sidewall comprising a window, and an interior. In a second aspect, the method comprises storing the container in the storage configuration, removing the lid to expose a dispenser, dispensing the product, and viewing an interior of the base through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Godfroid, Galina Laufer, David Michael Pehar, John Evan Spirk
  • Patent number: 10220558
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for extruding randomly shaped food items includes a one-piece finger member. The one-piece finger member reduces the downtime of the extruding machine containing the rotor assembly by reducing the number of parts in the rotor assembly and reducing the adjustment necessary after finger replacement. The proprietary threaded interface between the finger member and the improved extruder machine allows for quick swap out during extruder maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Williams, David K. Williams
  • Patent number: 10178876
    Abstract: Nutritious granular materials of fine particle sizes agglomerated within versatile micropellets are useful for inserting significant amounts of nutritious properties into snack foods. Expandable micropellet-containing formulations provide for introduction of fine particle ingredients such as proteins, minerals and other components or desirable nutrients into food processing lines not typically amenable to the fine particle sizes. Micropellet-containing formulations may consist entirely of micropellets, or may contain an expandable starch such as, for example, corn meal, sheeted doughs, and expanded collet products onto which the micropellets may be basted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan K. Baier, Ajay Rajeshwar Bhaskar, Eugenio Bortone, Pierre Faa, Chien-Seng Hwang, Jorge C. Morales-Alvarez, Deepali Palta
  • Patent number: 10159271
    Abstract: A method of cooking a snack food, the method comprising the steps of: a. providing a bed comprising a plurality of particles; b. heating and moving the particles in the bed to form a mobile cooking medium in the form of a heated, mobile bed of particles; c. providing a plurality of snack food precursor elements in the cooking medium thereby to cook the snack food precursor elements to form a plurality of cooked snack food pieces, wherein the heated, mobile particles transfer heat into the snack food precursor elements by thermal conduction; and d. separating the plurality of snack food pieces and the cooking medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Godfroid, Austin Jon Kozman, Simon John Lawton, Leon Levine, Roshni Modhwadia, David James Stanley-Smith
  • Patent number: 10159272
    Abstract: A method of cooking a snack food, the method comprising the steps of: a. providing a bed comprising a plurality of particles, wherein the particles are composed of, comprise or consist of a material which is magnetic and/or electroconductive; b. heating the particles in the bed to form a cooking medium in the form of a heated bed of particles, wherein in step b the particles are heated at least partially by electromagnetic induction; c. providing a plurality of snack food precursor elements in the cooking medium thereby to cook the elements to form a plurality of cooked snack food pieces, wherein the heated particles transfer heat into the elements by thermal conduction; and d. separating the plurality of snack food pieces and the cooking medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Godfroid, Austin Jon Kozman, Simon John Lawton, Leon Levine, Roshni Modhwadia, David James Stanley-Smith
  • Patent number: 10123555
    Abstract: A method and system for producing fried food pieces is disclosed. The food pieces are immersed in a first edible fluid as a product bed, monolayered, and immersed in a second edible fluid. The food pieces may also be drained in vertical orientation on a draining belt having at least one vertical orientation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Eichenlaub, Justin French, Christopher James Koh, Austin Kozman
  • Patent number: D833269
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Bayer, Martin E. Broen, Todd Huthmaker
  • Patent number: D842090
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Bayer, Martin E. Broen, Todd Huthmaker
  • Patent number: D844393
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Bharadwaj Narayanan
  • Patent number: D845089
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rogers Williams
  • Patent number: D846361
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rogers Williams