Patents by Inventor Michael G. Rayner

Michael G. Rayner 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: 10743564
    Abstract: The invention provides pseudo-loaf food compositions comprising meat analog chunks and gravy, the gravy comprising a thickener selected from the group consisting of a gum present in the gravy in an amount from about 0.5 to about 3.0% of the gravy by weight, a starch present in the gravy in an amount from about 2.0 to about 9.0% of the gravy by weight, and combinations thereof. The food composition has a moisture content from about 60% to about 74% of the composition by weight and has a loaf-type structure. In an embodiment, the moisture content of the pseudo-loaf food composition is from about 67% to about 74% of the composition by weight. In addition, the invention provides methods of making pseudo-loaf food compositions and also provides blended food compositions comprising one or more pseudo-loaf compositions and one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the pseudo-loaf food compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ DES PRODUITS NESTLÉ S.A.
    Inventors: Michael G. Rayner, Jean Luz Rayner, Rachel Miller
  • Publication number: 20200085080
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are provided for evenly coating or glazing dry pet food kibbles for improved palatability without loss of crunchiness of the dry kibbles over an extended time period. The coating compositions comprise water and at least one of a gum or a modified starch. The coating composition can comprise an additional ingredient such as one or more of a flavor, a color, an emulsified or particulate meat, an emulsified or particulate fruit or vegetable, an antioxidant, a vitamin, a mineral, a non-replicating microorganism, a fiber or a prebiotic. In an embodiment, the coating composition can include dextrose and/or glycine. After mixing and retorting, the coating composition can be a viscous paste with a viscosity of 2500 to 4000 centipoises, preferably 3000 to 3500 centipoises, as measured at room temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Maquel Deckard, Jean Luz Rayner, Michael G. Rayner, Peggy Haukap
  • Publication number: 20180220676
    Abstract: The invention provides pseudo-loaf food compositions comprising meat analog chunks and gravy, the gravy comprising a thickener selected from the group consisting of a gum present in the gravy in an amount from about 0.5 to about 3.0% of the gravy by weight, a starch present in the gravy in an amount from about 2.0 to about 9.0% of the gravy by weight, and combinations thereof. The food composition has a moisture content from about 60% to about 74% of the composition by weight and has a loaf-type structure. In an embodiment, the moisture content of the pseudo-loaf food composition is from about 67% to about 74% of the composition by weight. In addition, the invention provides methods of making pseudo-loaf food compositions and also provides blended food compositions comprising one or more pseudo-loaf compositions and one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the pseudo-loaf food compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael G. Rayner, Jean Luz Rayner, Rachel Miller
  • Patent number: 9968115
    Abstract: The invention provides pseudo-loaf food compositions comprising meat analog chunks and gravy, the gravy comprising a thickener selected from the group consisting of a gum present in the gravy in an amount from about 0.5 to about 3.0% of the gravy by weight, a starch present in the gravy in an amount from about 2.0 to about 9.0% of the gravy by weight, and combinations thereof. The food composition has a moisture content from about 60% to about 74% of the composition by weight and has a loaf-type structure. In an embodiment, the moisture content of the pseudo-loaf food composition is from about 67% to about 74% of the composition by weight. In addition, the invention provides methods of making pseudo-loaf food compositions and also provides blended food compositions comprising one or more pseudo-loaf compositions and one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the pseudo-loaf food compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventors: Michael G Rayner, Jean Luz Rayner, Rachel Miller
  • Publication number: 20150140190
    Abstract: A concentric symmetrical branched heat exchanger system includes an inlet manifold that divides the product flow evenly in the first section of the system and also includes an array of tubular concentric heat exchangers arranged in parallel and in series. Flow through each leg of the system can be divided further with secondary manifolds. Division of the product flow enables efficient heat exchange at higher and controllable product flow rates and at lower heat exchanger inlet pressures. Having lower inlet pressures reduces the heat exchanger construction cost and allows attachment of cutting or shaping devices at the exchanger exits to create uniquely shaped pieces. The cutting or shaping devices can be installed at the end of the branched heat exchanger to provide cooling and cutting in one process step while eliminating the material handling step of conveying product to and from a blast freezer or similar cooling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin J. Cully, Michael G. Rayner, Andrew Joseph Brinkmann
  • Publication number: 20150140163
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are provided for evenly coating or glazing dry pet food kibbles for improved palatability without loss of crunchiness of the dry kibbles over an extended time period. The coating compositions comprise water and at least one of a gum or a modified starch. The coating composition can comprise an additional ingredient such as one or more of a flavor, a color, an emulsified or particulate meat, an emulsified or particulate fruit or vegetable, an antioxidant, a vitamin, a mineral, a non-replicating microorganism, a fiber or a prebiotic. In an embodiment, the coating composition can include dextrose and/or glycine. After mixing and retorting, the coating composition can be a viscous paste with a viscosity of 2500 to 4000 centipoises, preferably 3000 to 3500 centipoises, as measured at room temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Maquel Deckard, Jean Luz Rayner, Michael G. Rayner, Peggy Haukap
  • Publication number: 20140154390
    Abstract: The invention provides pseudo-loaf food compositions comprising meat analog chunks and gravy, the gravy comprising a thickener selected from the group consisting of a gum present in the gravy in an amount from about 0.5 to about 3.0% of the gravy by weight, a starch present in the gravy in an amount from about 2.0 to about 9.0% of the gravy by weight, and combinations thereof. The food composition has a moisture content from about 60% to about 74% of the composition by weight and has a loaf-type structure. In an embodiment, the moisture content of the pseudo-loaf food composition is from about 67% to about 74% of the composition by weight. In addition, the invention provides methods of making pseudo-loaf food compositions and also provides blended food compositions comprising one or more pseudo-loaf compositions and one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the pseudo-loaf food compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Michael G. Rayner, Jean Luz Rayner, Rachel Miller
  • Publication number: 20140017384
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions suitable for maintaining the freshness of loaf-type food products in a sauce or gel of suitable viscosity for an extended period. When the loaf-type food products are emptied from a container, the sauce or gel covers the exposed surfaces of the loaf-type food products and does not drip off or dry out. After more than six hours, the loaf-type food products still retain their original color and fresh wet appearance without any crust formation. Accordingly, the invention solves the problems associated with the rapid crusting/drying, color change, off odor, staleness and reduced visual appeal of the loaf-type food products after they have been exposed to air for long time periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jean Luz Rayner, Michael G. Rayner
  • Publication number: 20130309372
    Abstract: The invention provides food products and methods for making the food products. The products comprise a container comprising a meat emulsion encasing one or more hydrocolloid dispersions wherein the one or more hydrocolloid dispersions and the meat emulsion have a different appearance and texture. Preferably, the one or more hydrocolloid dispersions are xanthan, carboxy methyl cellulose, konjac, guar, agar agar, gum arabic, locus bear gum, cassia, acacia, alginate, carobe, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Annie Watelain, David Komarek, Laurent Sisiak, Julie Friscourt, Jean Luz Rayner, Maquel Deckark, Michael G. Rayner
  • Patent number: 7736686
    Abstract: Meat emulsion products and methods for producing meat emulsion products are presented. Meat emulsion products are produced that have realistic fiber definition. In an embodiment, the meat emulsion products comprise a protein, a fat and a plurality of colors and/or textures. The meat emulsion products further comprise a plurality of linear strands of fiber-like material affording the meat emulsion product a realistic meat-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Steven E. Dingman, Kevin J. Cully, Michael G. Rayner, Stephen G. May, Sheri L. Smithey
  • Patent number: 7604829
    Abstract: A pet food product is produced having a colored exterior that simulates the appearance of real meat that has been imparted a marinated or grilled appearance. The product may be manufactured using a vegetarian (meat free) formulation or a formulation combining meat with dry proteinaceous materials. The ingredients are processed to form an emulsion-like mixture, which is rapidly heated in a confined zone to allow the protein to coagulate. An injector/shredder assembly is positioned in the zone to disrupt and shred the coagulated product mass and inject a colorant. The colorant adheres to some of the exterior surfaces of the final product to create a simulated grilled or roasted appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andreas Schopf, Michael G. Rayner, Luz Rayner
  • Patent number: 6767573
    Abstract: A pet treat in a sealed container. The treat is in the form of one or more pieces of a formulated food product. Each piece has a fried body of a thermally gelled matrix containing protein and starch. Further, each piece has a moisture content of above about 25 % by weight. The pet treat may be retorted. If not retorted, it may include a preservative and preferably have a reduced pH. The non-retorted treat pieces are provided in a sealed container comprising a pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Dan Dixon, Michael G. Rayner, Michael J. Saylock
  • Publication number: 20040037944
    Abstract: There is provided a pet food product comprising an edible protein-rich body having reduced moisture content and a structure providing textural firmness capable of inducing thorough chewing behaviour in a pet to which it is fed and, through such behaviour, inhibiting the development of periodontal disorders in the pet animal. The food body preferably has a browned outer surface, achieved by exposure of the body to a source of dry heat. A method of producing such body includes steps of providing a coherent, edible, protein-rich body, causing moisture content of the body to be in the range from about 20% to 50% by weight and causing the body to have a structure capable of inducing thorough chewing by a pet. The method preferably includes reducing the moisture content of the body after it has been formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Carolyn Jean Cupp, Michael J. Saylock, Michael G. Rayner, Lorenzo Brescia
  • Publication number: 20030026875
    Abstract: An improved pet food snack and container for holding same and for providing and dispensing a dry pet food snack in combination with a highly palatable paste or sauce is provided. The container includes a tray, a dry food compartment formed in the tray having a unit of dry pet food and a wet food compartment formed in the tray having a quantity of wet pet food. The dry pet food compartment is spatially adapted to maintain a number of dry pet food units in a packaged order. The wet pet food compartment is preferably moisture impermeable. The wet pet food is preferably a flavored cream paste, includes oils and fats and is shelf stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Carlos A. Aguilar, Mario Albuja, Dan Dixon, Harold H. Bennett, Marc Dambrine, Michael G. Rayner
  • Patent number: 5792504
    Abstract: A process for the production of a formulated emulsion product which has a meat-like appearance. A protein source is emulsified and then alkali is added to the emulsion to raise the pH to above 8. The emulsion is rapidly treated in an emulsion mill to causes the protein in the heated emulsion to at least partially coagulate. The heated emulsion is then allowed to coagulate and form striations and is cut into chunks. The formulated emulsion product so produced contains about 45% to 85% by weight moisture and has a chewy texture and a high striated appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Gerhard J. Poppel, Michael G. Rayner, Michael J. Saylock