Patents Assigned to Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company
  • Patent number: 10390547
    Abstract: A low cariogenic, low-laxation hard candy product having acceptable clarity and cold flow stability, contains a bulking sweetener agent, comprising isomaltulose, trehalose, erythritol or combinations thereof and a doctoring agent, comprising inulin, indigestible dextrin, sucromalt, polydextrose, or combinations thereof; wherein the bulking sweetener agent to doctoring agent ratio is 70/30 to 40/60 dry solids wt. %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Chia-Hua Hsu, David G. Barkalow, Barbara Stawski
  • Patent number: 10265367
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to oral compositions and methods for inhibiting the formation of plaque biofilm by salivary bacteria, and more particularly, to oral compositions comprising a combination of magnolia bark extract (MBE) and L-arginine, N?-lauroyl ethyl ester (LAE). The oral compositions are useful for improving oral health, including inhibiting the formation of plaque biofilm by salivary bacteria and reducing plaque adherence to teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael W. Dodds, Minmin Tian, Taichi Inui, Lilian Ramirez, Marcelo B. Aspiras
  • Publication number: 20190037896
    Abstract: The present application discloses long-lasting cooling formulations which comprise at least one cooling agent and are suitable for use in confectionery products. In certain, non-limiting embodiments of the disclosed formulations, the cooling agent is WS-30 (glycerol ester of p-menthane-3-carboxylic acid) In certain embodiments, the disclosed formulations provide enhanced cooling attributes for mints and chewing gum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Sonya JOHNSON, Gloria SHELDON, Minmin TIAN
  • Patent number: 10106830
    Abstract: The invention provides for methods of extracting and quantitating the number of microorganisms contained on or within in chewing gum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Amarnath Maitra, Stefan Wessel, Henny C. Van Der Mei, Henk J. Busscher
  • Patent number: 10092020
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatuses and methods for non-contact printing on comestible products. The apparatus includes an extruder for extruding a slab of an edible substrate and a non-contact printing device for printing an edible ink on the slab. The apparatus provides versatility as the printing device may be placed anywhere along the apparatus. The printing device may be positioned along the apparatus as desired to operate in cooperation with other components of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald L. Ream, Enrique Valdez, Dennis W. Rybolt, William R. Gleffe
  • Patent number: 10085771
    Abstract: A confectionery product comprises a first side and a second side generally opposite to the first side; the second side comprising an abrasive surface that is suitable for scrubbing the top surface of a tongue within the oral cavity. In preferred embodiments the first side is smooth, and may be domed shaped and generally fit the roof of the mouth. The abrasive surface may be provided by 1) a formed, uneven surface, 2) by including abrasive inclusions in the composition making up the second surface, or 3) a combination of a formed, uneven surface and abrasive inclusions. The confectionery product is preferably a hard confectionery, but may also be a chewing gum product. A preferred confectionery product comprises a second side with a width and a length, the smallest of which is at least 1.6 times the product thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Barbara Z. Stawski, Thomas M. Mindak, Philip M. Soukup, Gordon N. McGrew, James C. Clark, Michael S. Haas, Miguel Perez
  • Patent number: 10023919
    Abstract: The invention is directed to methods of extracting nucleic acids from microorganisms or mammalian cells adhered to polymers that are malleable within a living organism and particularly malleable in the oral cavity of the living organism. The invention also provides for method of detecting and quantitating microorganisms that adhere to malleable polymers, such as chewing gum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Amarnath Maitra, David Morando
  • Patent number: 9980503
    Abstract: Chewing gums and chewing gum bases which are cud-forming and chewable at mouth temperature contains a multi-block copolymer having at least two repeating sequences of at least two different polymeric blocks having at least three monomer units each. The multi-block copolymer optionally includes linking units and may be formulated to have non-covalent crosslinking between the copolymer chains. The multi-block copolymer is optionally plasticized with a compatible di-block copolymer to function as an elastomer system in the gum base. Characteristics of the multi-block copolymers can be selected to produce gum bases and chewing gums having desired properties. In some cases, chewed cuds formed from the gum bases may exhibit improved removability from environmental surfaces to which they may become undesirably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Regents of the University of Minnesota, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Leslie D. Morgret, Michael S. Haas, Marc A. Hillmyer, Wilhelm Risse, Frank S. Bates, Mark T Martello, Sangwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9980502
    Abstract: A chewing gum product containing a cross-linked gelatin matrix gum base and a bulking agent of erythritol, mannitol, or mixtures thereof. The cross-linked gelatin matrix can make up all or a portion of the gum base and still be comparable to that of a traditional elastomeric chewing gum product in its elasticity, cohesiveness, and feel in the mouth. The chewing gum of the present invention is also more environmentally friendly because it can be digestible and partially replace the need for petroleum-derived elastomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Xiaoqun Mo, Jingping Liu, Minmin Tian, Julie Hassler, Michael J Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9974320
    Abstract: A chewing gum base comprises food acceptable substituted polysaccharides wherein substituents on the saccharide units in the polysaccharides produce a degree of substitution of at least I.0. The polysaccharides may have branches with an average length of 1 to 15 saccharide units per branch. The polysaccharides may be linked saccharide units such as allose, altrose, mannose, gulose, idose, galactose, 3,6 anhydro galactose, glucuronic acid, mannuronic acid, galacturonic acid, aldobiouronic acid, fucose, rhamnose, arabinose, xylose, talose, acyl substituted glucose, fructose, lactose and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaoqun Mo, Jingping Liu, Kaichang Li
  • Patent number: D816507
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaorui Xie, Samantha Scipio
  • Patent number: D819440
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher H. Cunningham, Todd Herlitz, Hudson Rio, Daniel Daugherty, Godefridus Honings
  • Patent number: D821683
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Srnak, Raechel Bartz, Marc Bernicky, Egidijus Bizys
  • Patent number: D821869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Yali Cheng, Jingcheng Bai
  • Patent number: D822332
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul J. Angeloni, Lok Yan Chan, Marnie Chang, Phoebe Evans, Lavinel Popa, Henry Xu
  • Patent number: D827975
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Egidijus Bizys, Holly A. Knutsen, John Stinson
  • Patent number: D833864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: William Tham, Daniel Daugherty, Mike Ciccarello, Leah Kopke, Paul J. Angeloni, David Jaggi, Christopher H. Cunningham
  • Patent number: D842631
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: John Mark Radford, Jerome Marcel Morgen, Dudley Roberts
  • Patent number: D861370
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher H. Cunningham, Benjamin Jordan Taber, Russell Avens, Xiaorui Xie
  • Patent number: D862836
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventors: Kari Bauer, Dennis W. Rybolt