Patents Examined by Esther Kepplinger
  • Patent number: 5705205
    Abstract: A process for increasing the yield of natural vanilla flavor. Green vanilla pods are hydrated. The resulting hydrated pods are ground, forming a liquid phase and a solid phase. The resulting ground hydrated product of green vanilla pods is treated with an enzymatic system including at least one enzyme. The enzyme system possesses from about 10 to about 1000 units of beta-glucose activity per gram of green vanilla pods. The ground hydrated green vanilla pods and the enzymatic system are incubated at a temperature of from about 10.degree. C. to about 40.degree. C. for a period of between about 2 hours and about 30 hours sufficient to allow the release of the vanilla flavor. The liquid phase containing the vanilla flavor is separated from the solid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Pernod Richard
    Inventor: Pascal Marc Brunerie
  • Patent number: 5695795
    Abstract: A process for chill-treating, which is exemplified by a process for preparing a fermented malt beverage wherein brewing materials are mashed with water and the resulting mash is heated and wort separated therefrom. The wort is boiled cooled and fermented and the beer is subjected to a finishing stage, which includes aging, to produce the final beverage. The improvement comprises subjecting the beer to a cold stage comprising rapidly cooling the beer to a temperature of about its freezing point in such a manner that ice crystals are formed therein in only minimal amounts. The resulting cooled beer is then mixed for a short period of time with a beer slurry containing ice crystals, without any appreciable collateral increase in the amount of ice crystals in the resulting mixture. Finally, the so-treated beer is extracted from the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Labatt Brewing Company Limited
    Inventors: Cameron R. Murray, William John Van der Meer
  • Patent number: 5686126
    Abstract: A package which allows for butchering and packaging of fresh red meat at a centralized facility is provided which includes a an impermeable tray supporting the product, a first film sealed to the tray for enclosing the product, means defined within the first film for exchanging gases into and out of the package, and a second impermeable film enclosing the first film, such that removal of said impermeable film provides for the exchange of gases into and out of the package. The means for exchanging gases may be perforations defined within the first film, a second highly permeable film sealed to the first film, or an enlarged opening formed within the first film which is enclosed with a patch following adequate gas exchange at retail. Such gas exchange is required to release any low oxygen atmosphere and allow for the introduction of oxygen to the packaged meat product. Said means for exchanging gases having a gas transmission rate of at least about 50,000 cc/m.sup.2 /24 hrs./atm. at 73.degree. F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: David C. Noel, Charles R. Barmore, H. Walker Stockley, III, E. Susanne Troutt
  • Patent number: 5681605
    Abstract: A pretzel stick having a hollow portion along a longitudinal center is prepared by baking a material which consists essentially of 100 parts by weight of grain flour, 5-50 parts by weight of saccharides, 5-60 parts by weight of oils and fats, and 0-60 parts by weight of starch. The preparation process of the pretzel stick comprises the steps of preparing the material, extruding the material through a ring nozzle so that the extruded material has a cylindrical shape with a hollow portion along the longitudinal center thereof, baking the extruded material, cutting the baked material to a constant length, and injecting a filling material having an adjusted viscosity into the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Lotte Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Takemori, Toshinobu Tsurumi, Masahiro Takagi, Shunichi Terasaki
  • Patent number: 5681604
    Abstract: The staining effect (particularly with respect to the staining of polyamides) of a colorant such as a dye used in foods and beverages is inhibited by a compound of the formula ##STR1## wherein: Z.sup.1, Z.sup.2, and Z.sup.3 are the same or different and are each a bridging radical or a direct bond,Ar.sup.1, Ar.sup.2, and Ar.sup.3 are the same or different and are aromatic or bicyclic radicals;Q is a fused, partially aromatic bicyclic radical,or Q is a carbohydrate residue having a non-repeating structure, in which case m is 1, or Q is a carbohydrate having repeating saccharide units, in which case Q along with its substituents is repeated m times, where m is the number of said repeating saccharide units, butwhen Q is not a carbohydrate residue, m is 1;R.sup.1, R.sup.2, and R.sup.3 are H or polyhydroxybenzoyl,R.sup.4, R.sup.5 and R.sup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventors: Hualin Li, Mongia Gagan, C. Paul Malone, Robert W. Keown
  • Patent number: 5676985
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for preparation of frozen fermented food products using antifreeze polypeptide-expressing microorganisms are provided. In particular the invention provides for use of fish antifreeze polypeptide-expressing microorganisms in fermentation of milk to produce and store frozen yogurt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: HSC Research and Development Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Garth L. Fletcher, Choy L. Hew, Shashikant B. Joshi, Yaling Wu
  • Patent number: 5670194
    Abstract: A container of beverage sealed under pressure is provided with a secondary chamber in the form of a hollow insert adapted to provide a flow of gas through an orifice into the beverage when the container is opened. The insert is in the form of an elongate tubular member whose axis extends around an axis corresponding generally to the axis of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Limited
    Inventors: Graham Fuller, Anthony John Banks, Raymond Gale Anderson
  • Patent number: 5660867
    Abstract: Devices are described for fitting into pressurized individually packaged beverages (typically canned beers, ales and stouts), by which gas at high pressure is stored within the package for jetting into the beverage as the package is opened to atmosphere. One embodiment comprises a length of tube (10) having a gas jetting orifice (14) which in use is submerged below the beverage in a pressurized can having a gaseous headspace, which can be used to charge the tube with gas during the passage of the filled can (16) along a conventional canning line, on which the can is inverted after filling which brings the orifice into the gaseous headspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Courage Limited
    Inventors: Andrew John Reynolds, John David Skingsley, Stephen Michael Freshwater, John Kelshaw Conway, Peter Erich Cox, John Poley
  • Patent number: 5658605
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of bound-formed food comprising adding transglutaminase, a casein and an edible surface active agent, to a raw food material. The resulting bound-formed foods have excellent taste and savor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiko Soeda, Katsutoshi Yamazaki, Shoji Sakaguchi, Chiho Ishii, Keiko Hondou
  • Patent number: 5656309
    Abstract: There is disclosed a stable animal feed supplement suspension which is prepared by forming a stable liquid gel in concentrated food industry by-products such as by-products of the dairy industry, such as whey permeates, delactosed whey, and by-products of the fermentation industry, such as whey and corn sweet water. These by-products have not been used with any significant success in animal feed supplements, despite their low cost and disposal problems. A major disadvantage is their limited solubility, and the resultant instability of concentrates of the by-products. The invention comprises the treatment of the protein-rich by-products with a mild enzymatic treatment which stabilizes the by-products against protein gelation, and the thermal, and/or enzymatic treatment of the lactose-rich by-products to avoid separation of the lactose from concentrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Pacific Kenyon Corporation
    Inventor: J. Wallace Sawhill
  • Patent number: 5650184
    Abstract: Coated animal feed agglomerates such as pellets are made starting with uncoated agglomerates or pellets that may be formed of easily agglomerated or pelleted ingredients but which may be lacking in desirable nutritional or other ingredients. A binder such as a viscous aqueous gel is coated onto the uncoated agglomerates or pellets. Thereafter, the damp binder coated agglomerates or pellets are dusted with a powder containing ingredients which usually are not amenable to being extruded. After the dusting powder has been applied the coated and dusted pellets are dried and cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Moorman Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: R. Kim Humphry, Norman A. Lubbe, Bruce R. McClain, Mark D. Newcomb
  • Patent number: 5648231
    Abstract: A method for rapidly determining mold growth on feed is disclosed. The method comprises placing a sample of feed containing mold spores in a closed container; maintaining an environment that will support rapid mold growth; measuring the change in concentration of oxygen and/or carbon dioxide; and correlating the concentration change with the rate of mold growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Ducoa, L.P.
    Inventor: Bruce Dexter King
  • Patent number: 5645878
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process and apparatus for producing a topical coating on a food product. The topical coating may be a sweetener wherein a superheated pressurized solution of the sweetener is sprayed on a heated food product to form a coating thereon. The topical coating may also contain a flavoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Alicia A. Perdon, James B. Holder, Stephen J. Kalchik, Jerald L. Longman
  • Patent number: 5643622
    Abstract: There is disclosed a solid animal feed supplement which is prepared in concentrated food industry by-products such as by-products of the dairy industry, such as whey permeates, delactosed whey, and by-products of the fermentation industry, such as whey and corn sweet water. The invention comprises the treatment of the protein-rich by-products with a mild enzymatic treatment which stabilizes the by-products against protein gelation, and the thermal, and/or enzymatic treatment of the lactose-rich by-products to avoid separation of the lactose from concentrates. The by-products can then be concentrated to high solids content, in excess of 50 weight percent, and the resultant concentrates can be treated with gelation agents, preferably phosphoric acid and lime to solidify the by-product. Feed nutrients such as fats, urea, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, etc., or drugs such as monisan, can be added before solidification forming useful solid animal feed supplements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Pacific Kenyon Corporation
    Inventor: Wallace Sawhill
  • Patent number: 5639493
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of preparing a colorless, clear beer by a method including ultrafiltration and the addition of dextrins, bittering agents and a foam enhancer. Methods of preparing improved nonalcoholic malt beverages and making natural beer foaming components also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Miller Brewing Company
    Inventors: Matthew L. Tripp, Sydney Rader, David S. Ryder
  • Patent number: 5639496
    Abstract: The invention relates to food ingredients obtained by fermentation of raw materials of vegetable origin with Saccharomyces boulardii yeast, and to foods containing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Guyomarc'h Alimentaire - S.A.G.A.L.
    Inventors: Tan Hung Nguyen, Maryse Herve
  • Patent number: 5639492
    Abstract: A method of increasing the nutritional value of mycotoxin-contaminated animal feed ingested by an animal by feeding the animal an acid-activated montmorillonite clay simultaneously with the mycotoxin-contaminated or ergot-contaminated animal feed. The acid-activated montmorillonite clay can be fed to the animal in any form, e.g., granular, powder, pellets and the like or can be admixed with other animal food or feed supplements, so long as the clay is present in the animal's stomach (digestive tract) at the same time as the mycotoxin-contaminated animal feed in an amount sufficient to absorb or adsorb mycotoxin from the digestive tract of the animal and thereby aid the animal in metabolic absorption of nutrients from the contaminated animal feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Amcol International Corporation
    Inventors: Katherine R. Turk, Lawrie Music, Gary W. Beall
  • Patent number: 5637336
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for the drying or kilning of malt in a substantially continuous operation. The malt is transported through one or more separate drying zones by means of fluid bed dryer units at which time tempered or conditioned air at a predetermined temperature and moisture content is passed through the malt to effect a drying of the malt. The rate of malt movement through the drying zones is varied according to the moisture content of the malt at predetermined points in its travel whereby to acheive a desired drying rate and moisture content in the malt as it travels through the various drying zones. Sulfur dioxide gas is selectively infused with the air in the drying zones to minimize carcinogens within the malt. Optional treatments are provided for the malt as it passes through the drying zones, including subjecting the malt to a vacuum to facilitate moisture removal and to effect a sanitizing of the malt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventors: James R. Kannenberg, Bernard Fulayter
  • Patent number: 5635394
    Abstract: An arrangement for conducting air filtration by biofilter operation is provided. The arrangement generally includes at least one bioreactor bed, through which air to be purified is passed. Preferably the arrangement is configured so that air flow through each tank is from the top downwardly. In general, the biofiltration operation is conducted under pressures of less than ambient, to advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Braun Intertec Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Horn
  • Patent number: RE35699
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a process to correct and optimize the feed-composition on basis of testing the levels of so called FIL-lectines in the blood. This correction is exerted by adding certain sugars and amino acids to the feed. Hereby the FIL-level may be adjusted in order to optimize the growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Svenska Lantmannens Riksforbund UPA
    Inventors: Stefan Lange, Ivar Lonnroth, Kjell Martinsson, Leif Goransson