Patents Assigned to Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6793955
    Abstract: A method of forming a butter/margarine blend that includes removing water of butterfat from a feed material that includes butter to yield an intermediate, combining a non-dairy fat with the intermediate to form an intermediate blend, and processing the intermediate blend to form the butter/margarine blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 6783777
    Abstract: A method of feeding young, weaned swine, that includes applying a liquid digest onto a feed substance to form a feed material, the liquid digest including an enzymatically-processed material, and providing the feed material to the young, weaned swine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Brenda de Rodas
  • Patent number: 6746700
    Abstract: A composition that includes a puffable food component and an edible emulsion, where the edible emulsion is a water-in-oil emulsion or an oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion, and the edible emulsion includes a sweetening agent, the edible emulsion transformable into a coating on a puffed form of the puffable food component upon application of energy to the composition that is sufficient to puff the puffable food component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20040076729
    Abstract: A method increases moisture level to produce a process cheese-type product with additional moisture without substantially changing organoleptic or physical properties of the cheese of cheese product. The method includes comminuting the cheese or cheese product and then adding an incremental amount of additional moisture thereby increasing the overall moisture level above the original moisture level of the cheese or cheese product while subjecting the cheese or cheese product to a shear rate of at least 500 reciprocal seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Jaskulka
  • Publication number: 20040033303
    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 16, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Publication number: 20040022919
    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: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: Land O' Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret A. Swearingen, Craig J. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20040022920
    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: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Eckert, Margaret A. Swearingen, Edward B. Aylward, Craig J. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20030196414
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for packaging a flowable food product, in particular cheese. The present invention forms a cheese package having a non-hermetic seal. A continuous moving web made of a heat sealable polymeric material has a non-heat sealable strip secured thereto and oriented in the machine direction. The web is moved in the machine direction while one longitudinal edge portion is placed over the other longitudinal edge portion in an overlapping relationship to form a food tube such that the non-heat sealable strip is disposed between the edge portions. The tube is heat sealed proximate the first longitudinal edge portion and filled with the flowable cheese product. The tube filled with cheese is then flattened. The flattened tube is heat sealed and cut at selected intervals in a transverse direction to form discrete individually packaged food slices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: John Meisner, Brian Hederer, Dennis Brehm
  • Publication number: 20030166866
    Abstract: A method of processing a proteinaceous material that includes &kgr;-casein macropeptide, the method entailing polymerizing protein present in the proteinaceous material to yield a proteinaceous intermediate, where the proteinaceous intermediate includes polymerized protein, and separating the proteinaceous intermediate to yield a first portion and a second portion, where the first portion includes a majority of the &kgr;-casein macropeptide from the proteinaceous material and the second portion includes a majority of the polymerized protein from the proteinaceous intermediate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Applicant: Land O' Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest P. Brody
  • Publication number: 20030072788
    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: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Applicant: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Patent number: 6548289
    Abstract: Method for increasing the rate of conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia in a microorganism of the genus Rhizobium, by increasing the intracellular level of an activator protein which is capable of activating the transcription of DNA of the microorganism encoding one or more proteins capable of effecting such conversion in the microorganism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Beynon, Frank C. Cannon
  • Patent number: 6544579
    Abstract: A method of processing a liquid fat component and a solid fat component that includes heating a mixture that includes the liquid fat component and the solid fat component to form a liquified fat blend and rapidly cooling the liquified fat blend under agitation in a cooling apparatus to form a nucleated fat base blend, the time between entry of the liquified fat blend into the cooling apparatus and exit of the nucleated fat base blend from the cooling apparatus being about 30 seconds, or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Landon
  • Patent number: 6440447
    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: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman
  • Patent number: 6406729
    Abstract: A method of producing a milk replacer product that includes creating a pattern of air flow in a mixing zone of a mixer, gravity feeding a powdered nutritional composition into the mixing zone, applying an agglomerating aid to the particles of the powdered nutritional composition in the mixing zone, where the agglomerating aid, in combination with the pattern of air flow, is effective to cause particles of the powdered nutritional composition to stick together and form agglomerates, and drying the agglomerates to form the milk replacer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Land O′Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Mary R. Higgins, Paul Casey
  • Patent number: 6319526
    Abstract: The present invention includes a process of manufacturing a mozzarella variety of cheese or a mozzarella-like cheese wherein a milk composition is pasteurized and formed into a coagulum. The coagulum is cut to separate curd from whey and the whey is drained therefrom. The curd is then heated preferably in a liquid-free environment and mechanically worked until the curd forms a fibrous mass. The cheese is then formed into a selected shape. Additionally, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) ingredients are added after the whey is drained but prior to heating the curd. In addition, the curd may be comminuted to a selected size after the whey is drained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald G. Dahlstrom, James Wiegand, William R. Aimutis
  • Patent number: 6242013
    Abstract: A method of enhancing the oleic acid content of milk produced by a ruminant, the method including processing a high oleic material to form a ruminally-protected high oleic material that is resistant to degradation in the rumen of the ruminant, orally feeding the ruminally-protected high oleic material to the ruminant, and milking the ruminant to produce milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignees: Land O'Lakes, Inc., Optimum Quality Grains, LLC
    Inventors: Cindie M. Luhman, Ping Feng, Phil Kerr
  • Patent number: 6139045
    Abstract: A vehicle having a pair of front wheels coupled to a wheel assembly is provided. The wheel assembly includes a wheel-spacing mechanism, a pair of spaced-apart spindle assemblies, and a steering mechanism. The wheel-spacing mechanism includes a center axle tube, a pair of axle arms coupled to the center axle tube for axial telescoping movement relative to the center axle tube, and means for extending and retracting the axle arms relative to the center axle tube. Each of the pair of spaced-apart spindle assemblies includes a spindle shaft coupled to the respective axle arm for pivoting movement about a substantially vertical axis. Each wheel is coupled to the respective spindle shaft for rotation about a substantially horizontal wheel axis. The steering mechanism includes a pair of telescoping drive shafts and means for rotating each telescoping drive shaft about a horizontal pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Land O' Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Vandenbark, Kenneth E. Weddle
  • Patent number: D502394
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Jackson, Nicolas Bouveret, Jean-Pierre Lacroix
  • Patent number: D489975
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Jackson, Nicolas Bouveret, Jean-Pierre Lacroix
  • Patent number: D496272
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Jackson, Nicolas Bouveret, Jean-Pierre Lacroix