Patents Examined by Viren Thakur
  • Patent number: 10800600
    Abstract: Capsule for the preparation of a beverage comprising a container and a beverage ingredient contained therein, wherein the container comprises a code (65) adapted for being identified or read by external reading means (62), wherein the code is arranged on the container to be read while the capsule is rotated around an axis of rotation traversing the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Alexandre Perentes, Stefan Kaeser, Carlo Magri, Arnaud Gerbaulet, Thomas Kaeser, Daniel Abegglen
  • Patent number: 10793348
    Abstract: A package containing solid raw material for a beverage, wherein the raw material is packed in a water permeable filter bag (1) and the filter bag is packed in an openable protective package (2) enclosing the bag and having a front wall (2d) and a rear wall (2e) which are connected at their both vertical edges. The protective package (2) can be opened by forming an opening between the front wall and the rear wall. Both the front wall (2d) and the rear wall (2e) end at their respective supporting edges (2a, 2b) at the bottom, and said supporting edges can be brought apart to form a bottom structure to keep the bag upright. At least between the supporting edges, the package material forms a bottom that is liquid tight throughout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Spotless Tea Bag Oy
    Inventor: Matti Koskinen
  • Patent number: 10791751
    Abstract: A sealed pack (440) contains quantities of ingredients to make an individual smoothie portion. The ingredients comprise a flavour ingredient (410) such as pieces of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, mango), a frozen portion of liquid (420) such as water, fruit juice, milk, coffee or tea; and a consistency ingredient (430) such as ice-cream, sorbet and yoghurt. The pack may be subjected to a temperature sufficiently low to maintain the frozen state of some of the ingredients in the pack (440). Also disclosed is a method of packaging the ingredients into the pack, or into first and second containers, or into a container with compartments for different ingredients in frozen and unfrozen states; and a method of preparing an individual smoothie using the sealed pack wherein the ingredients are blended with additional liquid; and an apparatus that uses sealed pack for automatically vending an individual smoothie portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BARFRESH INC.
    Inventor: Riccardo Dario Delle Coste
  • Patent number: 10793346
    Abstract: A capsule comprises a casing (202) that includes: a base wall (203) and a side wall (204) defining a cavity (205) that is suitable for containing a food preparation (P); a flange-shaped edge (206) extending from the side wall (204), the side wall (204) being deformable along preset lines of pliability (219, 220) to enable the casing (202) to be compressed along a direction (A) that is transverse to the base wall (202). The capsule (201) further comprises: a cover element (208) fixed to the flange edge (206) to close the cavity (205) hermetically and a nozzle (210; 310), fixed to the cover element (208), which is housed in the cavity (205).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini, Mattia Solieri
  • Patent number: 10787310
    Abstract: A cartridge (10) containing a dose (12) of at least one substance, such as powdered coffee, for preparing a liquid product by means of liquid and/or steam introduced at a given temperature into the cartridge (10) comprises a casing (14) containing the aforesaid dose (12) with a side wall (140) and a bottom wall (142) through which the liquid product flows out from the cartridge (10). The aforesaid bottom wall (142) has a layered structure with: at least one layer (1420) made of a first compostable material designed to undergo softening and/or melting at a temperature ranging between 70° C. and 120° C.; and—at least one layer (1422) made of a second compostable material that does not undergo appreciable softening and/or melting at said temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alfredo Vanni, Alberto Cabilli, Marco Mandelli
  • Patent number: 10786107
    Abstract: Technologies are described for devices and methods to utilize an ingredient cartridge assembly. The devices may comprise a cooking pot, a heat source, a loading track, a propulsion system, a loading compartment, and a controller. The loading compartment may be located along the loading track. The controller may be in communication with the heat source and the propulsion system. The propulsion system may be configured to receive an ingredient cartridge assembly including a cartridge. A protective film on the cartridge may be contacted with the propulsion system. The propulsion system may pull the protective film to peel the protective film from the cartridge and slide the cartridge along the loading track towards the loading compartment. An ingredient inside of the cartridge may deposit into the loading compartment as the cartridge passes over the loading compartment. The loading compartment may be configured to deposit the ingredient into the cooking pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FOODSTAR LLC
    Inventors: Yuriy Lemberg, Mikhail Lemberg, Farit Unusov
  • Patent number: 10785986
    Abstract: A bloom-resistant method of freezing and packaging a fresh food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Dawn Food Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Julio Alberto Torres San Juan, Jane L. Kutner, Juan Gabriel Gonzalez Juarez, Miles Elton Jones, Rolando Jesus Alanis Villarreal
  • Patent number: 10785985
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses edible carriers for foods that are soft but still hold a preformed shape. Specifically encompassed are soft shaped tortilla products that can be used to hold food fillings. Exemplary shapes and sizes are provided for the products. Also encompassed are methods of making, packaging, and using the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Griebel, Vincent Paul Sommer, Ivan Hajovy
  • Patent number: 10772345
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates beverage nanoemulsions and methods for making such beverage nanoemulsions. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to methods for making beverage nanoemulsions using high shear processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventor: Badreddine Ahtchi-Ali
  • Patent number: 10759582
    Abstract: A flexible laminate suitable for forming a package (10) having a reclosable flap (12) is provided that includes pressure sensitive adhesive (34) extending in a periphery region past a reseal margin (42) for the flap (12) and on an opposite side therefrom for joining an outer and inner layer (30, 36) of the laminate together, whether directly or indirectly. The pressure sensitive adhesive (34) can overlie a permanent adhesive (32) in the periphery region, or directly join the outer and inner layers of the laminate together. The use of pressure sensitive adhesive (34) in the region can reduce the tight registration needed for cutting the outer layer (30) to define an outward layer of the flap (12), thereby reducing the chances for cutting into a portion of the outer layer (30) joined only by permanent adhesive (32) to the inner layer (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Schweiz Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Matthew James Down
  • Patent number: 10736348
    Abstract: A system and method of printing a biotic material based object from a biotic material originated from swiftlet's edible bird nest, includes providing parameters of an object for printing; controlling a deposition of a fluid biotic material comprising a blend of water and nanometre-sized and/or micrometre-sized swiftlet edible bird nest particles to form the said object, wherein at least an outer surface region of the fluid biotic material is converted to a solid or semi-solid region after deposition & dehydration; and controlling a dehydration of said deposited fluid biotic material by accurately exposing the said deposited fluid biotic materials to a controlled environment. During and/or after the fluid biotic material deposition, an ultra-low humidity air stream is specifically channelled onto the freshly deposited fluid biotic material to accelerate the dehydration process and minimise the deposited biotic material based object or structure from deforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Chee Boon Moh, Chee Hong Moh, Siew Hong Yip
  • Patent number: 10730691
    Abstract: A beverage producing system is provided comprising a capsule containing beverage ingredients and a beverage preparation machine. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body and a lid; the cup-shaped body having a base and a side wall and the lid being sealed to the cup-shaped body. The side wall is dimensioned to be contacted by an enclosing member of the beverage preparation machine on closure of the enclosing member to buckle the side wall to form a valley zone bridging the enclosing member. The side wall is adapted such that said valley zone forms at least one sealing interface between the enclosing member and the side wall. A capsule and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Esak Shabudin, Simon Jelley, Stuart Banister
  • Patent number: 10721948
    Abstract: A method performs sous-vide style cooking in an oven cavity of a cooking appliance, where air, not water, serves as the cooking medium. The oven cavity temperature is regulated around a desired final food temperature using a PID algorithm to control a convection heating element and associated fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Swayne, Brendan McGinnis, Ashish Ainapure, Paolo Faraldi, Massimo Banzato
  • Patent number: 10716428
    Abstract: A method of preparing a beverage, wherein the method comprises the step of heating a beverage in a cup by means of injecting steam into the beverage through a wand and the step of measuring the temperature of the beverage in the cup, wherein the step of measuring the temperature of the beverage comprises during the step of heating the step of continuously recording an audio signal from the beverage and the step of deriving the temperature of the beverage from the recorded audio signal. A device for preparing a beverage, said device being provided with a beverage temperature sensor comprising at least one microphone and a controller which is loaded with a computer program for performing the inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Trevor Michael Wood, William Roger Mainwaring-Burton
  • Patent number: 10687539
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus suitable for containing and transporting a specified quantity of bananas or plantains includes a vented box and a plastic bag that includes laser microperforations located in target areas separated from each other by distances greater than their largest dimensions. When the bag is placed within the box, filled with bananas or plantains, and hermetically sealed, the microperforations and box vents allow for limited transmission of gases into and out of the bag to establish a modified atmosphere within the bag, and to allow ethylene ripening of the bananas or plantains. The target areas are located at the top of the bag, and also at the bottom of the bag, so that they are not occluded when the bananas or plantains are placed within the bag with their concave sides facing down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Windham Packaging, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Varriano-Marston
  • Patent number: 10676273
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, the cartridge comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar, Geoff Rendle, Maria Gomez
  • Patent number: 10669093
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single serve capsule for preparing a beverage, comprising a side wall and a bottom, which together define a space, a filter element being sealed to the bottom within said space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: K-FEE SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventors: Günter Empl, Andre Throm, Marco Hanisch
  • Patent number: 10667542
    Abstract: A system for providing a single serving of a frozen confection, wherein the system comprises a pod comprising at least one ingredient for providing a single serving of a frozen confection; the system cools the pod; the system introduces water into the pod; the system simultaneously stirs the contents of the pod while scraping at least one wall of the pod to prevent a build-up of the frozen confection on the at least one wall of the pod; and the system ejects the frozen confection out of the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Sigma Phase, Corp.
    Inventor: Matthew Fonte
  • Patent number: 10638873
    Abstract: Using a steam lance, the water vapor and compressed air are supplied to the milk via two pipelines which are separated from one another up to the outlet from the steam lance, wherein only steam is supplied through the outer pipeline at a vapor velocity necessary for breaking up the protein molecules of the milk, whereas a steam-air mixture is supplied through the inner pipeline to enrich the milk with the necessary air proportion, and is only mixed with the steam from the outer pipeline in the milk to be frothed. The steam lance includes the two pipelines arranged coaxially to one another, and an end piece which separates them from one another in the outlet area and has outlet openings for the two media, the steam and the steam-air mixture, designed as radial nozzles which are inclined horizontally and also relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Adrian Steiner
  • Patent number: 10604337
    Abstract: Systems and methods have demonstrated the capability of rapidly cooling the contents of pods containing the ingredients for food and drinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sigma Phase, Corp.
    Inventors: Matthew Fonte, Robert Devaney, John Heymans, Nicholas Fonte, Ian McGirty