Patents Assigned to Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140272074
    Abstract: Crumble process cheese products may be produced by cooling process cheese to freezing temperatures below about 32° F. and holding the process cheese at the freezing temperatures for a sufficient amount of time to cause a freeze-induced denaturation of the protein bonds in the process cheese, thereby providing a modified process cheese with a texture adapted to crumble. A crumble process cheese product may include an emulsion of an emulsifier, protein, water and oil, with a portion of the protein bound to the oil and the water in the emulsion, and another portion of the casein is bound to the oil and is unbound to the water, thereby providing the crumble cheese product with a crumble-like texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LAND O'LAKES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Thompson, Thomas Alexander Glenn
  • Patent number: 8790733
    Abstract: The present invention includes a soft butter composition wherein the fat components are derived from cream. The soft butter has a unique fat crystal matrix and is more spreadable due to the altered crystal structure and melting points. The soft butter also equilibrates to room temperature faster than traditional churned butter. The soft butter is made using a process that includes separating the fat and serum components of cream, removing the crystal memory from the fat fraction and recombining fat and aqueous fractions in a process that employs a stepwise cooling and shearing process and filled into tubs of different geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravin Gnanasambandam, Arti Bedi
  • Publication number: 20140106054
    Abstract: A system and method for the continuous production of brown butter involves concentrating butter while retaining solids non-fat in the butter, and continuously transferring and heating the concentrated butter to cause the solids non-fat in the butter to react in a maillard reaction to form a brown butter product. The system may use one or more of a heating vessel, an evaporator and a reaction vessel to form the brown butter in the continuous process. A brown butter product derived from butter includes reacted solids non-fat particulates from a maillard reaction suspended by nascent fat crystals nucleated about the reacted solids non-fat particulates and by large fat crystal structures joined to the nascent fat crystals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill Paddock, Nicole Igielski, Thomas Aurand, Richard Dinesen
  • Publication number: 20140100817
    Abstract: Grass seed performance may be predicted by receiving grass seed selections for individual grass seed varieties and target geographic regions for growing the grass seed selection. A common set of grass attributes is identified from historical grass attribute values associated with the selected target regions. The historical grass attribute values in the first common set of grass attributes are retrieved and are displayed in a graphical format for the at least two individual grass seed varieties in the at least two selected target regions. A weighted average may be calculated for the historical grass attribute values in the common set and may provide a prediction of performance of the individual grass seed varieties across the selected geographic regions or in regions proximate the selected geographic regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Jump
  • Publication number: 20130324618
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of enhancing milk production by a ruminant that includes providing a feed that contains sorbitol and at least one additional feed component, and orally feeding the feed to the ruminant, the ruminant ingesting about 100 grams, or less, of sorbitol per day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Patent number: 8591979
    Abstract: A food ingredient delivery system for delivering food ingredients during manufacture of a food product comprising a multi-phase emulsion including a pumpable oil1 within water or aqueous solution within oil2 emulsion wherein the oil1 comprises solid milk derived fat droplets sequestered in an aqueous phase with the aqueous phase being dispersed in the oil2, the oil2 comprising a liquid, continuous vegetable based fat matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 8484937
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to foiiuing food packages with a lap seal. A continuous, peelable hermetic seal is formed by activating a conductive element to emit an electrical impulse while contacting the overlap region of a pouch. The overlap is sealed by the heat generated from the activation of the conductive element, for example a wire. The conductive element is placed longitudinally along the overlap area of the pouch, which results in a sealed line. A second parallel sealed line may also be made to add redundancy, thereby better sealing the pouch. The disclosed method results in a package with an unsealed flap between first seal line and the film edge that allows for easy opening of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 8440218
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of enhancing milk production by a ruminant that includes providing a feed that contains sorbitol and at least one additional feed component, and orally feeding the feed to the ruminant, the ruminant ingesting about 100 grams, or less, of sorbitol per day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Patent number: 8329245
    Abstract: A method of forming a fat product, the method entailing heating a first material to a first temperature to form a first intermediate, the first material comprising fat and the first temperature adequate to remove any memory of crystallization from the fat; rapidly cooling the first intermediate to a second temperature to form a second intermediate, the second temperature adequate to provide nascent seed crystals in the second intermediate; and quiescently cooling the second intermediate to form the fat product, the quiescent cooling adequate to support growth of macro-crystals about the nascent seed crystals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 8293310
    Abstract: A method of forming a fat product, the method entailing heating a first material to a first temperature to form a first intermediate, the first material comprising fat and the first temperature adequate to remove any memory of crystallization from the fat; rapidly cooling the first intermediate to a second temperature to form a second intermediate, the second temperature adequate to provide nascent seed crystals in the second intermediate; and quiescently cooling the second intermediate to form the fat product, the quiescent cooling adequate to support growth of macro-crystals about the nascent seed crystals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 8293311
    Abstract: A method of forming a butter product comprises forming a primary oil-in-water emulsion by dispersing liquefied stearine butterfat in a butter serum, the liquefied stearine butterfat forming stearine globules within the butter serum. The primary oil-in-water emulsion is dispersed into an olein butterfat component forming an oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion, and the oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion being cooled to form the butter product which is spreadable at a temperature of less than about 45° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20120237663
    Abstract: The present invention includes a soft butter composition wherein the fat components are derived from cream. The soft butter has a unique fat crystal matrix and is more spreadable due to the altered crystal structure and melting points. The soft butter also equilibrates to room temperature faster than traditional churned butter. The soft butter is made using a process that includes separating the fat and serum components of cream, removing the crystal memory from the fat fraction and recombining fat and aqueous fractions in a process that employs a stepwise cooling and shearing process and filled into tubs of different geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravin Gnanasambandam, Arti Bedi
  • Patent number: 8181433
    Abstract: A method of sealing a non-wax-coated film pouch contained within an enclosure includes forming an enclosure, positioning a piece of non-wax-coated film within the enclosure to form a floor and side walls of a pouch within the enclosure, dispensing a flowable dairy-based product into the pouch, overlapping portions of the film onto one another to produce a top wall over the dairy-based product, and heat sealing the overlapping portions of the top wall to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kring, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7927646
    Abstract: A method of forming a butter product comprises forming a primary oil-in-water emulsion by dispersing liquified stearine butterfat in a butter serum, the liquified stearine butterfat forming stearine globules within the butter serum. The primary oil-in-water emulsion is dispersed into an olein butterfat component forming an oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion, and the oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion being cooled to form the butter product which is spreadable at a temperature of less than about 45° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 7785644
    Abstract: A method of producing a food product such as a colored veined cheese product includes providing a cheese curd to which a flavorant is added. The cheese curd and the flavorant are worked into a homogenous mixture. A colored vein mimetic is added to the homogeneous mixture in an amount for a time sufficient to produce the colored veins within the cheese product such that the cheese product has a flavor and an appearance of a naturally veined cheese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vojtech, Jason Eckert
  • Publication number: 20100080884
    Abstract: A food ingredient delivery system for delivering food ingredients during manufacture of a food product comprising a multi-phase emulsion including a pumpable oil1 within water or aqueous solution within oil2 emulsion wherein the oil1 comprises solid milk derived fat droplets sequestered in an aqueous phase with the aqueous phase being dispersed in the oil2, the oil2 comprising a liquid, continuous vegetable based fat matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20090291194
    Abstract: A method of forming a fat product, the method entailing heating a first material to a first temperature to form a first intermediate, the first material comprising fat and the first temperature adequate to remove any memory of crystallization from the fat; rapidly cooling the first intermediate to a second temperature to form a second intermediate, the second temperature adequate to provide nascent seed crystals in the second intermediate; and quiescently cooling the second intermediate to form the fat product, the quiescent cooling adequate to support growth of macro-crystals about the nascent seed crystals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20090106272
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method for evaluating a mixture of turfgrass seed includes storing turfgrass seed information in a database (e.g., a computer readable storage medium). A user provides computer input indicative of a mixture of turfgrass seeds Information related to the indicated mixture is retrieved from the database. Based at least in part on the retrieved data, a user interface is created and presented to the user. In one embodiment, the user interface is a graph format display that enables the user to directly compare characteristics of the indicated mixture with characteristics of one or more different mixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Jump, Leah Brilman
  • Publication number: 20080299279
    Abstract: Calcium fortified dairy powders are produced using spray drying methods. The spray drying method includes adding a calcium supplement to dairy powder in a slurry tank. The slurry with the calcium supplement and the dairy powder is heated and further processed. The processed slurry is spray dried to form a powder. The method can also include allowing the powder to fall onto a fluid bed wherein additional moisture is removed. The methods described herein use a seaweed calcium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Vicki Brewer, Diane Kussy, Jason Eckert
  • Patent number: D685263
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Danenberg