Patents Assigned to The Coca-Cola Company
  • Patent number: 11365111
    Abstract: A switch system for controlling dispensing from a dispensing system. A frame is coupleable to the dispensing system and has a front and back. A lever extends between a pivot and pressing ends and is pivotally coupled to the frame, being pivotable between dispensing and non-dispensing positions. A resilient member between the lever and the back of the frame extends between an anchor and a contact region. The anchor region is coupled to the frame and the contact region is closer than the anchor region to the lever. A roller is pivotally coupled to the contact region. The resilient member biases the lever towards the non-dispensing position via the roller. An electronic switch is between the lever and the back of the frame. The electronic switch is actuated to cause dispensing when the lever is pivoted into the dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: Marmon Foodservice Technologies, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Giardino, Janusz Matus, Zersis Mehta, Jeff Neaves
  • Patent number: 11352463
    Abstract: Disclosed are bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) compositions containing from about 1 ppm to about 5000 ppm of at least one C3-C12 1,2-diol, bio-based polyester compositions made therefrom, and methods of making the same are disclosed. Preforms and blow-molded polyester containers prepared from the bio-based MEG and polyester are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: Changchun Meihe Science and Technology Development Co., LTD., The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Haiyu Ren, Marlon Salvador Morales, Yi Yuan, Jing Liu, Hongbin Qi
  • Patent number: 11352718
    Abstract: Disclosed are bio-based polyester fibers, particularly a PET fibers, and a method of making the same by: contacting bio-based MEG composition with a diacid composition to form a polyester composition; and spinning and/or drawing the resulting polyester composition into a fiber; wherein the bio-based MEG composition comprises: a) monoethylene glycol (MEG); and b) from about 1 ppm to about 5000 ppm of at least one C3-Cy2 1,2-diol, wherein the C3-Cj2 1, 2-diol is linear, branched, or cyclic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: Changchun Meihe Science and Technology Development Co., LTD., The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Ronald D. Moffitt, Robert Kriegel, Marlon Salvador Morales, Haiyu Ren, Yang Yi, Jing Liu, Hongbin Qi
  • Patent number: 11338953
    Abstract: The present application provides a container for a beverage filled in a hot fill process. The container may include a finish, a body section, and a base. The body section may include a number of support columns and a number of body panels. Each of the support columns may include a first raised mid-section extending into a first body panel and a second raised mid-section extending into a second body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Klok, Sterling Lane Steward, Venkat Govindarajan, Feng Shi
  • Patent number: 11339247
    Abstract: This disclosure provides new methods, compositions, containers, preforms, and designs for refillable carbonated soft drink bottles having improved caustic stress cracking resistance. The method of this disclosure combine the use of PET-based co-polyester resin that incorporates a cyclic hydrocarbon diacid co-monomer and/or a cyclic hydrocarbon diol comonomer, with a bottle design incorporating a petaloid base, for unexpectedly enhanced performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Ronald D. Moffitt, Yu Shi, Jasmeet Kaur
  • Patent number: 11325818
    Abstract: The present application provides a dispensing nozzle for use with a flow of a diluent and a flow of a concentrate. The beverage dispenser may include an annular concentrate path of the flow of the concentrate and an annular diluent path surrounding at least in part the annular concentrate path for the flow of the diluent. The annular diluent path may include a shallow angle leading towards the flow of the concentrate such that the flow of the diluent and the flow of the concentrate mix in or downstream of the dispensing nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Kirk Walter Dahlberg, Youlung Chen, Charles Bradley Green, Josef Klucik, John Martin, Cassilyn Bair, Robert B. Brownell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11318449
    Abstract: An acid-resistant alloy catalyst, comprising nickel, one or more rare earth element, tin, aluminum and molybdenum. The catalyst is cheap and stable, does not need a carrier, can be stably applied in industrial continuous production, and can lower the production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: Changchun Meihe Science and Technology Development Co., LTD, The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Hongbin Qi, Haiyu Ren
  • Patent number: 11312610
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and method for operating a beverage dispenser may include receiving a handshake request from a mobile device of a user. A communications link may be established with the mobile device. Responsive to receiving control data associated with a beverage order from the mobile device, a physical function may be caused to be performed by the beverage dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Rabab Saqib Karori, John Boyd, Keith A. Gibson, Damian J. Mycroft, Scott Cuppari, David Mulcahey
  • Patent number: 11315130
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a storage to store product management data in which an on-sale product management numbers is associated with product management content; an input and output unit to input and output the product management data; and an update control unit configured to update the product management data. Further, the update control unit collectively receives all the product management data including a part to be updated, stores all the product management data as update target product management data, displays the update target product management data including confirmation target information and stores the update target product management data as updated product management data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Takashi Tanazawa, Minoru Murayama, Kazuo Tsunoda, Yusuke Nakajima, Yasuo Nakazato, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Takashi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 11312608
    Abstract: A dispenser is configured to dispense food products at varying nutritive levels by dispensing a combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio from a plurality of sweetener sources. Using a predetermined combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio for a selected nutritive level for a given product ensures that the dispensed product will have a desirable flavor profile while at the same time providing increased consumer choice. A combination of caloric, mid-calorie, low calorie, and/or non-caloric sweeteners may be dispensed to produce a food product with a specified caloric level or nutritive level. For a given nutritive level selected, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different brands or products to be dispensed. Likewise, for a given brand or product, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different selected nutritive levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Sue Lane, Jamal Omari Wilson, Maxwell Pehge Friel, Kristin Wright, Michele Carrabotta, Gregg Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11312604
    Abstract: The present application provides a filling line for filling a container with one of a number of different beverages. The filling line may include a water circuit with a counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with carbonated water and one or more micro-ingredient towers with a number of micro-ingredients therein positioned downstream of the counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with the micro-ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Anish Mehta, Gregg Carpenter, Eric L. Spann, Mamunur Rahman, Hitesh Patel, Dinesh C. Patel, Manuel I. Garcia, Sergey Grey Ivanov
  • Patent number: 11312607
    Abstract: Upon selection of a product selection icon on a user interface of a beverage vendor, a price per amount of the product is displayed to clearly depict product costs while also providing flexibility for having products of different price points. After selection of the product and upon successful payment validation, a dispensing gauge displays an amount of product dispensed and total current cost of a dispensing session at a location of the product selection icon. A selectable dispense icon is provided upon the successful payment to facilitate dispensing the selected product and a product icon is provided proximate to the selectable dispense icon. Within the dispensing session, upon selection of a second product selection icon, the dispensing gauge moves to the second product selection icon and accumulates additional cost for the transaction based on a cost per amount of a second product associated with the second product selection icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Akhil Karibandi, Doug McDougall
  • Patent number: 11313610
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated panel is disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the vacuum insulated panel may include a frame having a first side and a second side. The vacuum insulated panel also may include a first convex sheet positioned about the first side of the frame and a second convex sheet positioned about the second side of the frame. Moreover, the vacuum insulated panel may include a cavity formed between the first convex sheet and the second convex sheet. Further, the vacuum insulated panel may include a vacuum formed within the cavity. The vacuum may be configured to at least partially flatten the first convex sheet and the second convex sheet into a substantially parallel planar configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Vinayak S. Godbole
  • Publication number: 20220106182
    Abstract: A consumable item dispenser and method may include an ingredient storage unit configured to store a consumable ingredient used to produce consumable items by the dispenser. A sensor may be configured to sense an amount of consumable ingredient remaining to be dispensed. An input/output unit may be configured to communicate data over a communications network. A processing unit may be in communication with the sensor, and be configured to authenticate an electronic device associated with an operator and register the electronic device associated with the operator. A determination as to whether an amount of the ingredient in the ingredient storage unit is at or below a threshold level. The processing unit may generate a notification indicative that the ingredient is at or below a threshold level, and communicate the notification to the operator in response to being generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Udayan Joshi, Marc Katz, Matthew Arnwine, Scott Harrison
  • Patent number: 11291217
    Abstract: An edible caramel color composition and method of making the same are disclosed. The method of making an edible caramel color composition includes the step of heating a reaction mixture to form a caramel color composition, wherein the reaction mixture contains: a carbohydrate, and a sulfite compound, in the absence of a caustic compound and in the absence of an ammonium compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Josef Klucik, Sangphyo Hong
  • Patent number: 11291233
    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: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Gil Ma, Avetik Markosyan, Youlung Chen
  • Patent number: 11284577
    Abstract: Stevia varieties with a high content of RebM, are disclosed Further provided are methods for producing Stevia plants having a high RebM content by negatively regulating certain genes selecting the resulting plants, and breeding with such plants to confer such desirable Reb M phenotypes to plant progeny.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: PureCircle USA Inc., KeyGene N.V., The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Avetik Markosyan, Seong Siang Ong, Runchun Jing, Tengfang Huang, Stephen Ezra Schauer, Fayaz Khazi, Indra Prakash, Alec Hayes
  • Patent number: 11275981
    Abstract: An object with an icon thereon encodes a bit sequence. The icon comprises a plurality of concentric rings, each of the plurality of concentric rings is divided into a plurality of data sectors. Each of the plurality of data sectors is associated with a corresponding bit in the bit sequence, and each of the plurality of data sectors encodes the corresponding bit based on the presence or absence of a line segment in the sector. The plurality of concentric rings further comprises at least three anchor sectors on one or more of the plurality of concentric rings, the at least three anchor sectors comprise an anchor mark. The plurality of concentric rings further comprises one or more error correction sectors, each of the one or more error correction sectors encodes a corresponding error correction bit based on the presence or absence of a line segment in the error correction sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: William Patrick Brandt, Joseph Walter Bechely, IV, Lucas Persona, Daniel Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 11254554
    Abstract: The present application provides a dispensing nozzle assembly for mixing a first fluid and a second fluid. The dispensing nozzle assembly may include a target assembly with a number of twisted fins and an injector ring assembly surrounding the target assembly in whole or in part. The injector ring assembly may include a number of first tubes with one or more threads therein directed towards the target assembly for the first fluid and a number of second tubes directed towards the target assembly for the second fluid such that the first fluid and the second fluid mix along the twisted fins of the target assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Benjamin Campbell Steinhaus, Jevawn Sebastian Roberts
  • Patent number: D947211
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Damian James Reec Mycroft, Eric Scott Lewis, Joshua Casey Schwarber