Patents Assigned to The Coca-Cola Company
  • Patent number: 11024110
    Abstract: A product storage device (1) includes: first and second product storage chambers (52, 53) for storing products and for cooling or heating the stored products; a product delivery port (31) to which a product stored in the first or second product storage chamber (52, 53) is dispensed; and a control unit (10) configured to set one of the first and second product storage chambers (52, 53) as a preliminary chamber in which stored products are not available for dispensing and set the other as a product dispensing chamber in which stored products are available for dispensing, and configured to sequentially change product storage chambers to be set as the preliminary chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: SANDEN RETAIL SYSTEMS CORPORATION, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventor: Yugo Uehata
  • Publication number: 20210147209
    Abstract: A system and method a method may include receiving (i) beverage composition data of a requested beverage, and (ii) a user identifier of a user requesting the beverage. Responsive to receiving an instruction to dispense the requested beverage, the requested beverage may be dispensed. The beverage composition data may be stored in a dispensed beverage record. A verification as to whether or not the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour may be performed. Responsive to determining that the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour, a counter may be increased. Responsive to determining that the counter value crosses a threshold value, a first message may be communicated to a mobile electronic device of the user, otherwise, a second message may be communicated to the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Scott Cuppari
  • Patent number: 10981771
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and process of dispensing a beverage may include pumping a micro-ingredient from a micro-ingredient container via a fluid path toward a nozzle to dispense a beverage inclusive of the micro-ingredient. The micro-ingredient may be reverse pumped via the fluid path back to the micro-ingredient container to cause an air bubble in the fluid path to be pushed into the micro-ingredient container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Doug McDougall, Brian Johnson, Dick P. Welch
  • Publication number: 20210110365
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a beverage vending device is provided that includes a network interface and one or more processors. The beverage vending device also includes a computer-readable tangible medium with instructions stored thereon that direct the one or more processors to establish contact with an available network and locate a second beverage vending device on the network. The computer-readable tangible medium also has instructions stored thereon that direct the one or more processors to establish contact with the second beverage vending device on the network, and communicate with the second beverage vending device via the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dick P. WELCH, Ed TELLER, Michael Edward HOPKINS, Cindy PANG, Mark ADAMS, Kyusang KIM
  • Patent number: 10976109
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger is disclosed herein. In some instances, the plate heat exchanger may be disposed in an ice bin of a beverage dispenser for cooling one or more fluids. The plate heat exchanger may include a top plate, a bottom plate, an outer boundary wall, and a fluid flow path disposed between the top plate and the bottom plate. The fluid flow path may include an inlet and an outlet. A fin may be disposed within the fluid flow path from the top plate to the bottom plate between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Mingfei Gan, Dick P. Welch, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Publication number: 20210101313
    Abstract: Polyester multilobed prepolymer pellets and methods of making and using the same are provided. The multilobed polyester pellets have an increased surface area to volume ratio which improves intraparticle diffusion mass transfer rates resulting in a reduction of pellet drying and solid state polymerization processing times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Ronald D. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 10940630
    Abstract: This disclosure provides effective methods for expanding the processing window for poly(ethylene furanoate) (PEF) and poly(ethylene furanoate) co-polymer (PEF co-polymer) polyester preforms, such that these preforms can be beneficially used in the fabrication of bottles and containers, including bottles for carbonated soft drinks. The processing window is expanded by, for example, pre-conditioning the PEF or PEF co-polymer preform prior to stretch blow-molding by contacting the PEF or PEF co-polymer preform with water or high (>50%) relative humidity air for a desired time period and at a temperature greater than or equal to ambient temperature, to take advantage of the unique and unexpected properties afforded the preform by water sorption at these temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald D. Moffitt, Robert Kriegel, Mikell W. Schultheis, Yu Shi
  • Patent number: 10940465
    Abstract: Disclosed is an acid-resistant alloy catalyst comprising nickel, one or more rare earth elements, stannum and aluminum. The acid-resistant alloy catalyst is low-cost and stable, and does not need a carrier, and can be stably used in continuous industrial production, thus achieving a low production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Hongbin Qi, Haiyu Ren, Indra Prakash, Yu Shi
  • Patent number: 10937343
    Abstract: A display device includes a housing with a grid assembly received therein. A plurality of light assemblies is coupled to the grid assembly, for example in a grid pattern to create a dynamic display area. Each of light assemblies has an actuator assembly, with each one of the actuator assemblies being individually controllable to move the corresponding light assembly between a retracted state and a plurality of extended states. A controller is coupled to each of the plurality of light assemblies and programmed to control the actuator assemblies to move the light assemblies between the retracted state and the plurality of extended states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Lawrence Alexander Duarte, Lo Chi Kwong, Shawn Roske, Mervin Perkins, Ryan West, Kathrine Marie Brown
  • Patent number: 10932592
    Abstract: The present application provides an indexing cooler for a number of products. The indexing cooler may include an outer shell, a number of rotating product zones, and an indexing drive motor. The indexing drive motor rotates one of the rotating product zones into an exposed zone for a first predetermined length of a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Vinayak Godbole
  • Patent number: 10930107
    Abstract: A system and method of vending product items may include storing product items within a product storage area. A product item may be released from the product storage area. The product item may be hoisted over at least a portion of the product storage area. The hoisted product item may be presented to a user. In one embodiment, the product storage area may be positioned within a vending machine, and the vending machine may be mobile. The vending machine may also be self-propelled. In an embodiment, the vending machine may be moved via a controller being used by an operator. Alternatively, the vending machine may be moved autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Clayton Burnett, Lee Alan Hawkins, John Boyd, Thomas G. North, III, Chih-Shang Fu
  • Patent number: 10922762
    Abstract: A system for producing a customized beverage or beverage concentrate is disclosed. The system comprises a personalization server and a distribution machine communicatively coupled to the personalization server. The personalization server is configured to receive need and want information associated with a consumer, analyze the need and want information, apply a plurality of rules to the analyzed need and want information, and produce one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes based on the analysis of the need and want information and the application of the plurality of rules. The distribution machine is configured to receive the one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes from the personalization server and produce and deliver at least one customized beverage or beverage concentrate based on the one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes to the consumer by combining one or more beverage ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, Chih-Shang Fu, Xiaoyan Huang, Guy Wollaert, Nancy Quan
  • Patent number: 10905146
    Abstract: Rebaudioside M compositions with improved aqueous solubility and methods for preparing the same are provided herein. The rebaudioside M compositions include (i) disordered crystalline compositions comprising rebaudioside M and rebaudioside D, (ii) spray-dried compositions comprising rebaudioside M, rebaudioside D and steviol glycoside mixtures and/or rebaudioside B and/or NSF-02, (iii) spray-dried compositions comprising rebaudioside M, rebaudioside D and at least one surfactant, polymer, saponin, carbohydrate, polyol, preservative or a combination thereof. Sweetened compositions, such a beverages, containing the rebaudioside M compositions with improved water solubility are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Gil Ma, Avetik Markosyan, Youlung Chen
  • Patent number: 10906081
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention further provide both a shaped metal container and its preforms that exhibit a rounded grain structure characteristic created by an annealing process and a method for making a shaped metal container. The process of making said metal container results in a quicker process time and uses less metals (at least 10% metal weight savings), thus allowing for a decrease in the costs of making such shaped metal containers. A shaped metal container may include work hardened rolled sheet-metal defining a sidewall, an opening, and a base, where at least one section along the sidewall has grains with an average aspect ratio less than about 4 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company, Ardagh MP Group Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Philippe Niec, Marc Lemiale, John E. Adams, Yuping Lin
  • Patent number: 10899595
    Abstract: A system and method a method may include receiving (i) beverage composition data of a requested beverage, and (ii) a user identifier of a user requesting the beverage. Responsive to receiving an instruction to dispense the requested beverage, the requested beverage may be dispensed. The beverage composition data may be stored in a dispensed beverage data record. A verification as to whether or not the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour may be performed. Responsive to determining that the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour, a counter may be increased. Responsive to determining that the counter value crosses a threshold value, a first message may be communicated to a mobile electronic device of the user, otherwise, a second message may be communicated to the mobile electronic device. The first or second message may be displayed on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Scott Cuppari
  • Patent number: 10875230
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a method of manufacturing a polymer container according to a blow molding or stretch blow molding process, in which the base of the blow mold has at least one orifice for pressurized gas to enter the blow mold through the base. Introducing pressurized gas through the orifice in the blow mold base provides cooling assistance within the gas mold, much earlier than the cooling using conventional methods, which can reduce or eliminate the need for any post mold cooling. This method has been found to be applicable to non-hot fill application bottle and container manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Rohit Joshi, Ravi D. Mody
  • Patent number: 10875142
    Abstract: Disclosed are a process and apparatus for polishing a glass article (1201). The polishing process comprises bringing a rotating article (1201) to be polished into contact with various centrifugally outspread flexible flaps of a rotating flexible flap grinding wheel (1101), with a grinding wheel (1101) rotation shaft being parallel to an article (1201) rotation shaft; and pneumatically controlling the feed of the flexible flap grinding wheel (1101) relative to the surface of the article (1201) to be polished, such that the outer edges of the flaps of the flexible flap grinding wheel (1101) are in pressure contact with the surface to be polished of the article (1201) to be polished, and polishing same. This polishing process can restore a worn glass bottle, particularly a glass bottle having a profiled contour, to the extent that same looks like new at a lower cost. The corresponding polishing apparatus can realize automatic and continuous grinding polishing of worn glass bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Yuping Lin, Fulei Yang
  • Patent number: 10870566
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage making machine comprising a first beverage making cartridge comprising at least one of a gas source portion, the gas source portion contains a solid gas source that through sublimation emits a gas, and a gas storage tank arranged to store the gas emitted from the solid gas source. The beverage making machine further comprising a second beverage making cartridge comprising at least one of a micro ingredient, a beverage diluent receptacle for receiving a beverage diluent liquid, a dissolver dissolves portion of the gas, from the gas storage tank, into the beverage diluent liquid, and a dispenser selectively dispenses a predefined ratio of at least one of the micro ingredient and the beverage diluent liquid, to form a beverage. Exemplary embodiments include a computer control arranged to receive a beverage selection from a consumer and control the beverage making machine to form beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: C. Brad Green, Stan Kaplita, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: D906806
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Joshi, Matthew Cooper, Susan Propp, Ellen Gutierrez, Michael Pickholtz, Christopher Lee Beatty, Brian Scott Loo, Darin Pugne, Carl Smith
  • Patent number: D920116
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: David Robinson