Patents by Inventor Rafael I. San Miguel

Rafael I. San Miguel 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: 11147289
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide a frozen beverage dispenser capable of dispensing multiple frozen beverage flavors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Publication number: 20210127724
    Abstract: A method of improving taste and/or off-taste of a food, beverage, confection, or concentrate composition includes a step of providing a food, beverage, confection, or concentrate composition that includes two or more of: a sour additive; a bitter additive; and a sweetener. The method also includes a step of adding 1,3-propanediol to the food, beverage, confection, or concentrate composition to form a tasteful composition, whereby said tasteful composition has improved taste and/or off-taste as compared to a food, beverage, confection, or concentrate composition that does not include 1,3-propanediol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Co., LLC
    Inventors: Sean L. Gahan, Stephen J. Hurff, Rafael I. San Miguel, James A. Zahn
  • Publication number: 20210015138
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to improving the taste of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners and compositions sweetened therewith. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions that can improve the tastes of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners by imparting a more sugar-like taste or characteristic. In particular, the compositions and methods provide a more sugar-like temporal profile, including sweetness onset and sweetness linger, and/or a more sugar-like flavor profile, including osmotic taste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Prashanthi Jella, George A. King, Rafael I. San Miguel, Kelly H. Sepcic, Deepthi K. Weerasinghe, Newton R. White
  • Publication number: 20200154737
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure relates to sweetener compositions, methods of making same, and products comprising same. In various aspects, the disclosed sweetener compositions comprise a sweetening agent and a taste modulator component. The taste modulator component improves key properties associated with many sweetening agents, including maximal sweetness response; mitigates flavor profile issues such as bitter and/or licorice-like off-tastes; improves sweetness onset rate and lingering sweet aftertaste properties; improves desensitization/adaptation profile issues; and improves body/mouthfeel characteristics. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Grant E. DuBois, Rafael I. San Miguel
  • Patent number: 10602758
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure relates to sweetener compositions, methods of making same, and products comprising same. In various aspects, the disclosed sweetener compositions comprise a sweetening agent and a taste modulator component. The taste modulator component improves key properties associated with many sweetening agents, including maximal sweetness response; mitigates flavor profile issues such as bitter and/or licorice-like off-tastes; improves sweetness onset rate and lingering sweet aftertaste properties; improves desensitization/adaptation profile issues; and improves body/mouthfeel characteristics. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Almendra PTE. LTD
    Inventors: Grant E. DuBois, Rafael I. San Miguel
  • Publication number: 20190357562
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide a frozen beverage dispenser capable of dispensing multiple frozen beverage flavors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Publication number: 20190313669
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure relates to sweetener compositions, methods of making same, and products comprising same. In various aspects, the disclosed sweetener compositions comprise a sweetening agent and a taste modulator component. The taste modulator component improves key properties associated with many sweetening agents, including maximal sweetness response; mitigates flavor profile issues such as bitter and/or licorice-like off-tastes; improves sweetness onset rate and lingering sweet aftertaste properties; improves desensitization/adaptation profile issues; and improves body/mouthfeel characteristics. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Grant E. DuBois, Rafael I. San Miguel
  • Publication number: 20190230956
    Abstract: Zero- and reduced-calorie frozen carbonated beverages comprising rare sugars are provided herein. The beverages contain a freezing point depressant composition comprising at least one rare sugar and, optionally, one or more other freezing point depressant compounds. Frozen carbonated beverages comprising natural high potency sweeteners and rare sugars with sugar-like characteristics are also provided, wherein the natural high potency sweetener and rare sugars are present in particular weight ratios. Methods of preparing the frozen carbonated beverages are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Youlung Chen, Smita Patel, Rafael I. San Miguel, Sandy Ryan
  • Publication number: 20180000269
    Abstract: Drinking straws, tubes, caps, clamps, connectors and adaptors are provided in the form of a cylindrical member having a top portion and a bottom portion wherein the cylindrical member is provided with at least one hole having a diameter of between 0.788? (20.0 mm) and 0.0005? (0.0127 mm) and wherein the hole is disposed a distance of between about halfway of any lengths and about 0.25? (6.35 mm) from the top portion of the first hollow cylindrical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Nicolás R. San Miguel
  • Publication number: 20170223995
    Abstract: Natural sweetener blends and sweetened compositions having an improved, sugar-like taste quality are provided herein. Also provided are methods of improving the sugar-like taste quality of sweetened compositions comprising such natural sweetener blends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Indra Prakash
  • Publication number: 20170143012
    Abstract: Sweetened compositions and methods for preparing the same are provided herein. The sweetened compositions contain a substantially pure natural sweetener and a sweetener taste modulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Indra Prakash
  • Patent number: 9491963
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are sweetener compositions comprising at least one sweetener and at least one sweetness enhancer chosen from terpenes (such as sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, and triterpenes), flavonoids, amino acids, proteins, polyols, other known natural sweeteners (such as cinnamaldehydes, selligueians, hematoxylins), secodammarane glycosides, and analogues thereof, wherein the at least one sweetness enhancer is present in the composition in an amount at or below the sweetness detection threshold level of the sweetness ehancer, and the at least one sweetener and the at least one sweetness enhancer are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Josef Klucik, Rafael I. San Miguel, Rudolf Johann Fritsch, Venkata Sai Prakash Chaturvedula
  • Patent number: 9115166
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of this invention encompass a method for degrading rebaudioside A and the rebaudioside A derivative products derived therefrom. In particular, this invention relates to a method for degrading rebaudioside A compositions to obtain rebaudioside A derivative products suitable for use as sweetener compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Rafael I. San Miguel, John Clos
  • Publication number: 20150216219
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are sweetener compositions comprising at least one sweetener and at least one sweetness enhancer chosen from terpenes (such as sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, and triterpenes), flavonoids, amino acids, proteins, polyols, other known natural sweeteners (such as cinnamaldehydes, selligueians, hematoxylins), secodammarane glycosides, and analogues thereof, wherein the at least one sweetness enhancer is present in the composition in an amount at or below the sweetness detection threshold level of the sweetness ehancer, and the at least one sweetener and the at least one sweetness enhancer are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Josef Klucik, Rafael I. San Miguel, Rudolf Johann Fritsch, Venkata Sai Prakash Chaturvedula
  • Publication number: 20150189904
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to improving the taste of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners and compositions sweetened therewith. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions that can improve the tastes of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners by imparting a more sugar-like taste or characteristic. In particular, the compositions and methods provide a more sugar-like temporal profile, including sweetness onset and sweetness linger, and/or a more sugar-like flavor profile, including osmotic taste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Prashanthi Jella, George A. King, Rafael I. San Miguel, Kelly H. Sepcic, Deepthi K. Weerasinghe, Newton R. White
  • Patent number: 9011956
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to improving the taste of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners and compositions sweetened therewith. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions that can improve the tastes of natural high-potency non-caloric or low-caloric sweeteners by imparting a more sugar-like taste or characteristic. In particular, the compositions and methods provide a more sugar-like temporal profile, including sweetness onset and sweetness linger, and/or a more sugar-like flavor profile, including osmotic taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, Prashanthi Jella, George A. King, Rafael I. San Miguel, Kelly H. Specic, Deepthi K. Weerasinghe, Newton R. White
  • Publication number: 20140263414
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide a frozen beverage dispenser capable of dispensing multiple frozen beverage flavors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Publication number: 20140263415
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide a frozen beverage dispenser capable of dispensing multiple frozen beverage flavors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Patent number: 8709521
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to improving the taste of sweetener compositions having enhanced sweetness. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions that can improve the tastes of sweetness enhanced sweetener compositions including at least one sweetness enhancer and at least one sweetener by imparting a more sugar-like taste or characteristic. In particular, the compositions and methods provide at least one sweetness enhancer, at least one sweetener comprising a carbohydrate sweetener, a natural-high-potency sweetener, a synthetic high-potency sweetener, or a combination thereof, and at least one sweet taste improving composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Grant E. DuBois, George A. King, Rafael I. San Miguel
  • Publication number: 20130136838
    Abstract: Natural sweetener blends and sweetened compositions having an improved, sugar-like taste quality are provided herein. Also provided are methods of improving the sugar-like taste quality of sweetened compositions comprising such natural sweetener blends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Indra Prakash