Patents Assigned to Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20080268116
    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: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kring
  • Publication number: 20080107790
    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: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20070292585
    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: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 7297354
    Abstract: A method of treating a proteinaceous material having a first concentration of ?-conglycinin, the method including combining the proteinaceous material with an enzyme to form a reaction mixture, the reaction mixture initially having a pH of at least about 7.0 standard pH units, allowing the enzyme to hydrolyze ?-conglycinin present in the reaction mixture to form a proteinaceous intermediate, and inactivating the enzyme present in the reaction mixture after a reaction period to form a proteinaceous product, the proteinaceous product having a second concentration of ?-conglycinin, the second concentration of ?-conglycinin being at least 99 percent less than the first concentration of ?-conglycinin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignees: Land O'Lakes, Inc., Genencor International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Mary R. Higgins, Madhu Kakade, Tim Emerson, Jane Kitchar, Christopher S. Penet
  • Patent number: 7279191
    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 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 7157221
    Abstract: A process for hydrolyzing products with enzymatic activity remaining in peptone solutions after mucosa hydrolysis is provided along with a process for preserving mucosa tissue. Broadly, the processes are carried out by hydrolyzing mucosa tissue according to conventional heparin manufacturing processes wherein an excess quantity of proteolytic enzymes is used. The resulting peptone solution is then contacted with proteins or protein-containing materials in order to hydrolyze the proteins. In another embodiment, mucosa tissue is preserved by mixing it with a preserving agent selected from the group consisting of hydrogen peroxide and phosphoric acid. The product preserved by hydrogen peroxide is low in ash, stable for at least a week, and has a reduced odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Lee, Joseph D. Hahn, Robert C. Musser
  • Patent number: 7037518
    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: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Publication number: 20060088576
    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: October 21, 2005
    Publication date: April 27, 2006
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie Luhman
  • Publication number: 20060029713
    Abstract: A method of forming a heat stable oil-in-water emulsion comprises providing a selected amount of an aqueous component comprising more than 50 weight percent water. The aqueous component is optionally heated and a selected amount of a solids component is added to the aqueous component under agitation to form a first intermediate. A selected amount of a milk fat containing component is heated to a temperature sufficient to predominantly melt the fat prior to being to the first intermediate to form a second intermediate. The second intermediate is optionally heated for a selected period of time. The second intermediate is homogenized at between about 250 psig and 5000 psig to form the heat stable oil-in-water emulsion comprising less than 30 weight percent milk fat. A thickening agent is added to the homogenized oil-in-water emulsion to form the heat stable oil-in-water emulsion of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Eckert
  • Patent number: 6982100
    Abstract: A method for increasing the yield and quality in the manufacture of cheese from a selected volume of milk in which the volume of milk has been fortified with additional dairy components that increase the solids and includes pre-acidification of the fortified milk prior to cheese making. The fortified milk is subjected to an acid or acid producing material that quickly lowers the pH either before or after pasteurization to a pH of approximately 6.6 to 5.70. The acidification is performed under turbulent conditions to maintain milk protein native integrity. The acidified fortified milk is then subjected to the conventional cheese making process. The cheese made using the present invention is particularly useful in the subsequent manufacture of process cheese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret A. Swearingen, Craig J. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20050226985
    Abstract: A method of forming a heat stable oil-in-water emulsion comprises providing a selected amount of an aqueous component comprising more than 50 weight percent water. The aqueous component is optionally heated and a selected amount of a solids component is added to the aqueous component under agitation to form a first intermediate. A selected amount of a milk fat containing component is heated to a temperature sufficient to predominantly melt the fat prior to being to the first intermediate to form a second intermediate. The second intermediate is optionally heated for a selected period of time. The second intermediate is homogenized at between about 250 psig and 5000 psig to form the heat stable oil-in-water emulsion comprising at least 20 weight percent milk fat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Landon, William Fox
  • Publication number: 20050202134
    Abstract: Milk or a milk derivative is treated with a chelating agent in a manner that provides sufficient turbulence during mixing to avoid localized protein precipitation. The chelating agent is added to the milk or the milk derivative between a pH of about 5.8 and 6.6. The milk or the milk derivative is then subjected to ultrafiltration wherein calcium freed from the milk or the milk derivative is passed as a permeate and a retentate is retained as the cheese base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20050202151
    Abstract: A method that entails blending an egg-based substance, a water-absorbent thickener, and pieces of supplemental food together to form an egg-based material, the egg-based substance including a natural liquid egg component, the water-absorbent thickener distributed throughout the egg-based material, and the water-absorbent thickener effective to maintain distribution of the pieces of supplemental food throughout the egg-based material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Tillis
  • Publication number: 20050202150
    Abstract: An egg-based material that includes an egg-based substance, a water-absorbent thickener distributed throughout the egg-based material, and pieces of supplemental food distributed throughout the egg-based material, where the egg-based substance includes a natural liquid egg component and the water-absorbent thickener is effective to maintain distribution of the pieces of supplemental food throughout the egg-based material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Tillis
  • Publication number: 20050193900
    Abstract: An in-line static separator for separating whey from curd having a screen with an inlet end and a outlet end and a substantially uninterrupted perimeter defining a flow cavity. The in-line separator includes a flow directing element fixedly positioned within the flow cavity. The flow directing element forces the curd and whey toward the perimeter of the screen such that the whey passes through the screen while the curd flows through the flow cavity and exits the screen through the outlet end thereby separating whey from curd.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Rosa
  • Publication number: 20050163887
    Abstract: A method for producing a heat stable whey protein includes adding an effective amount of a reagent to the whey protein having free mineral ions. The free mineral ions form water-soluble compounds with the reagent. The water-soluble compounds are filtered from the whey protein to reduce the concentration of free minerals and form a heat stable whey protein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Applicant: Land O' Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamlesh Anand, Glenn Ward
  • Patent number: 6916499
    Abstract: A method of forming a light butter that includes removing water or butter fat from a feed material to yield a first intermediate and a second intermediate, the feed material including butter, the first intermediate including butterfat, the second intermediate including water, and at least the first intermediate or the second intermediate including interfacial butter solids, combining the first intermediate and the second intermediate to form an intermediate blend, and processing the intermediate blend to form the light butter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 6902750
    Abstract: A method for eliminating the uncooked curd defect in process cheese products associated with fortification of milk during the natural cheese make process. This fortification results in a significant increase in the amount of calcium bound in the casein micelle. The fortified milk is subjected to an acid or acid producing material that quickly lowers the pH either before or after pasteurization to a pH of approximately 6.6 to 5.70. The acidification is performed under turbulent conditions to maintain milk protein native integrity. The acidification step results in a significant migration of calcium out of the casein micelle and into a soluble form that is carried away with the whey stream. The acidified fortified milk is then subjected to the conventional cheese making process. The resulting natural cheese can then be further processed into a process cheese product without the risk of uncooked curd particles in the finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Eckert, Margaret A. Swearingen, Edward B. Aylward, Craig J. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6866861
    Abstract: A method of enhancing milk component production in a ruminant, the method including providing a feed that includes a sugar alcohol and supplying the sugar alcohol to the abomasum of the ruminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Patent number: D521380
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Jackson, Nicolas Bouveret, Jean-Pierre Lacroix