Patents by Inventor Gerard Eckhardt

Gerard Eckhardt has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5344664
    Abstract: Fat in a confectionary chip is reduced to below about 10% by using a low-fat insoluble, non-gummy food material and 40-70% small particle sugar (less than 100 microns) in combination with about 13% moisture. The sugar to non-gummy food material ratio must be between 2:1 and 4:1 and the moisture between about 10% to about 15%. Hydrated food ingredients are added to retain at least some of the moisture in the bound state. Other ingredients which may be added to the formulation include syrups, milk solids and starch. The chips can be made by simply blending the dry ingredients and adding the moisture to form a dough in the form of a dry, crumbly paste. The dough is mixed or worked up well and then formed into the desired shape. The shape is then cut into pieces similar to chocolate chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Kraft General Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Fitch, Gerard Eckhardt, Wendy A. Anderson, Mario A. Anelich, Barry N. Frake, Kevin W. Lang, Alfred Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 5104674
    Abstract: Microfragmented ionic polysaccharide/protein complex dispersions which are suitable for use as fat substitute compositions in food products such as ice cream, salad dressings, dips, spreads and sauces and methods for preparing such dispersions and food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Kraft General Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Wehn-Sherng Chen, George A. Henry, Susan M. Gaud, Mark S. Miller, John M. Kaiser, Estela A. Balmaceda, Ronnie G. Morgan, Cynthia C. Baer, Rajendra P. Borwankar, Lorraine C. Hellgeth, John J. Strandholm, Gerard L. Hasenhuettl, Phillip J. Kerwin, Chyi-Cheng Chen, John F. Kratochvil, Wennie L. Lloyd, Gerard Eckhardt, Adam P. De Vito, Alice A. Heth