Beverage bottle with resealable storage compartment
A combination container for a consumer product consisting of a body providing a primary compartment for containing a primary product, the body having a sidewall, a secondary compartment forming a cavity recessed into the body, one or more secondary products disposed and stored within the cavity of the secondary compartment, a ledge around the cavity, a cover panel on the ledge, and a label over the cover panel.
The present invention relates generally to combination containers for consumer products, such as beverage bottles and, more specifically, to a combination container forming a primary product compartment and having a secondary item storage compartment for storing a secondary item such as a promotional product.
This application is a continuation in part of Ser. No. 13/374,951 filed Jan. 25, 2012 which was a Continuation in Part of Ser. No. 13/064,246 filed Mar. 14, 2011, which was a Continuation in Part of Ser. No. 12/778,707 filed May 12, 2010, which was in turn a Continuation in Part of Ser. No. 12/076,619 filed Mar. 20, 2008 each being entitled, “ BEVERAGE BOTTLE WITH A RESEALABLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT”, inventor Nader Nowzari.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the Invention
Promotional products are commonly used by businesses to increase public awareness of their goods and services. In respect to packaged foods, such as cereals and potato chips, manufacturers can easily include the promotional products within the packaging at the time of manufacture. Following the purchase of such packaged foods, the user may open the packaging and remove the promotional product for their use and enjoyment. Thus far, manufacturers have not been provided with a suitable approach for providing combination containers having secondary exterior compartments for secondary products which accompany a primary product package. An existing approach is to secure a secondary product to a hang tag around the neck of the primary container, such as a beverage bottle. Manufacturers have discovered that this approach is problematic for the reason that consumers may easily remove the secondary product from the primary container without having to purchase the associated primary product.
Secondary products are increasingly used at sporting and entertainment events to encourage spectators to attend and support the participants in the subject event. In view of the increased security conditions at most public sporting and entertainment events, spectators are routinely not permitted to bring banners and other novelty secondary products to the events. Without banners or novelty secondary products, spectators are often unable to fully enjoy and participate in the excitement of an event. Similar situations arise with many other cases where consumers may be purchasing a primary product, and require a secondary product to be supplied which accompanies the primary product. For example, take out foods, as primary products, supplied in primary containers, may require secondary products such as cutlery, condiments, cleansing cloths and the like.
In the past, these secondary items are often available only at a service counter, or may require extra handling by staff at the cash register.
This will slow up the handling of customers, and require service personnel to be occupied in clearing service counters, restocking with secondary items and the like.
One form of secondary item package is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 5,351,851 inventor D A Powell granted Oct. 4, 1994. In that patent the intent was, apparently to provide a combination package, with a recess for a secondary item, and a clear film covering the recess and holding the item in the recess.
However, It is also necessary that the entire package can be produced, assembled and labeled in an efficient and repeatable fashion, without downtime on the production line. Where a secondary item is simply placed in the recess, it is found that the item can slip around and move during handling. The item may be moved in such a way that it can no longer be identified by the consumer.
It is found desirable that the item may be placed in the recess and that this placement will remain unchanged during the remaining packaging operations, and thereafter during subsequent handling, until it reaches the hands of the consumer.
It is also found that, during the movement along the packaging line, the rapid movement of such packages, particularly containers for beverages, is such that the secondary item readily becomes displaced from the recess. This results in failure of the packaging process, and downtime on the line, while the problem is resolved.
A further problem with the marketing of bottles or packages with exterior depressions, is in the labeling of the product. Typically such products will be labeled with a label made of paper or thin thermoplastic printed with logos and names of the product and contents. Where the bottle provides a firm exterior profile, the label is simply wrapped around the bottle and adhered to it. However where there is a depression on the exterior of the bottle, then the label will not be supported in the area of the depression, consequently it will be flexible, and being of thin material is easily damaged.
Products with damaged labels will not be acceptable to consumers, since they appear to have been damaged.
Accordingly this problem must be addressed in order to provide an acceptable beverage container with a secondary item package in the exterior.
These problems are not addressed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,351,851, which may account for its apparent lack of commercial success.
In view of the foregoing, there is a need for an improved combination container, such as a beverage bottle for example, having a storage compartment for storing one or more secondary products. The combination container of the present invention may be offered by manufacturers and other businesses to enable users, such as spectators, to utilize the one or more secondary products and to actively participate in the sporting or entertainment event, for example. The combination container of the present invention may also be used by a user in a conventional manner to quench their thirst and thereby further enhance their enjoyment of the sporting or entertainment event.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention comprises a combination . container having a primary compartment for a primary product, which, may for example be a food, a beverage, or any other such product that may be sold to consumers, which in this case is shown and described as a beverage bottle. Such a bottle has a body for containing a liquid beverage, the body having a sidewall extending between a neck and a base.
This invention is also applicable to a food or beverage carton, such as a milk or juice carton.
A secondary compartment is formed as a cavity or depression in the exterior of the bottle, in which the body of the bottle is recessed or depressed inwardly, to provide an outwardly open cavity and one or more secondary items, which may be some kind of a secondary product in many case, is disposed and stored within the cavity of the secondary compartment. The secondary compartment has a cavity wall extending into the body, the cavity wall defining the cavity for storing the one or more secondary products.
Preferably the secondary item is secured in position in the recess or compartment by an adhesive compound.
The adhesive is a release type material, such that the adhesive holds the item in the cavity to enable packaging operations to proceed smoothly, and to hold the item during handling so that it can be identified by a consumer.
The adhesive is temporary, and the item is easily separable from the cavity by the consumer, after purchase.
In a further aspect of the present invention, the base of the beverage bottle is formed with an outer recess , located more or less centrally between the top and bottom of the bottle, which recess defines the secondary compartment.
A semi-rigid cover panel is formed and fitted within the mouth of the outer recess and provides a cover for the recess and will secure. The cover may be in the form of a panel formed for example, of card stock, or if desired, a resilient thermoplastic formed into an arcuate curve matching the profile of the bottle itself.
Preferably, the recess will be formed with a ledge along its outer edge adjacent to the periphery of the bottle. The panel will be cut and shaped so as to fit within the open side of the recess, and lie on the ledge.
The item may be anything from a snack, or a badge, or a simple alcohol-based hand cloth, for example.
In a first embodiment of the present invention, the one or more secondary products may comprise of a banner adapted to be removed from the secondary compartment and unfurled. The banner is furled around one or more telescopic members and stored within the secondary compartment.
In a second embodiment of the present invention, the one or more secondary products comprise a miniature beverage bottle adapted to be stored within the secondary compartment. The miniature beverage bottle containing a liquor beverage, the miniature beverage bottle adapted to be removed from the secondary compartment and combined with the liquid beverage in the body to form a mixed alcoholic liquid beverage. In further embodiments the combination container may be a take out food container, or some other kind of beverage container.
The compartment may be recessed into a wall of such a combination container, between the top and bottom of the container, but without extending for the full length of the container.
In some cases there will be a re-sealable cover for such secondary compartment. The cover may be in the form of a partial cuff, typically of thermoplastic material. The cuff would be, in the case of a bottle, of generally semi-cylindrical shape.
The cuff would be resilient, and could be spread apart to fit over the bottle and would then make a friction fit on the exterior of the bottle.
This would permit the cuff to be moved, for example by rotation, so that the recess could be opened, for access to the secondary product, and the re-closed, by rotation, as desired.
The cuff could also be slid endwise over the bottle, if desired.
In the case of other containers, for example rectangular shaped containers, of milk, or fruit juice for example the container could be formed with abutments, for example edge flanges, and the cuff could be shaped with gripping channel shaped edges for frictionally gripping the edge flanges of the container.
For a better understanding of the present invention, and to show more clearly how it may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example, to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Reference is made to
During assembly, the plurality of telescopic members 40 are press-fit or snap fit into one another to collapse the secondary product 14 into a compact size suitable for insertion into the secondary compartment 12. The banner 42 is furled or rolled up around the collapsed telescopic members 40 to facilitate the manual insertion of the secondary product 14 into the secondary compartment 12 of the beverage bottle 10. The seal 38 may then be at least partially inserted into the aperture 28 in the base 26 to secure the secondary product 14 within the secondary compartment 12.
When the seal 38 is removed, the banner may be removed by the consumer grasping the end of the telescopic member and then withdrawing the secondary product.
To facilitate the removal of the secondary product 14 from within the secondary compartment 12, an optional spring biasing mechanism 48 having a spring member 50 may be provided within the closed end 36 of the secondary compartment 12 for urging the secondary product 14 towards the open end 34 of the secondary compartment 12.
By this design, when the seal 38 is manually removed, the secondary product 14 is at least partially urged from the open end 34 of the secondary compartment 12 by the spring member 50 of the spring biasing mechanism 48.
Following the display of the secondary product 14, the user may collapse the telescopic members 40 and snugly furl the banner 42 around the one or more telescopic members 40. The secondary product 14 may then be reinserted into the secondary compartment 12 and secured by the seal 38 for secondary purposes.
In a second embodiment of the present invention shown in
In a third embodiment of the present invention shown in
In this case the compartment 12 is of generally rectangular shape. Such a shape may hold a snack bar, or candy. It might be used to contain hand wipes. The closure 42 is dimensioned to cover up the compartment 12. The closure may possibly be part of the label applied to the bottle. It has a resealable adhesive around the edges so that it may be opened up, and then rewrapped around the bottle 10 .
The container 60 has a secondary compartment 62, in this case of rectangular shape.
A closure panel 64 of rectangular shape may be bonded into compartment 62 of container 60, to retain a secondary product within the compartment 62.
A cut out portion 66 may be provided at an edge, so as to permit the opening of the panel 64 for access to the compartment 62.
Compartment 62 may be .formed with an interior ridge 68 to retain the panel 64 in position, and provide the entire container 60 with a smooth exterior shape, for shipping and handling.
The container 60 typically has, in this example, a sealed top 70 which can be opened up to dispense the contents.
In most cases there would be a label 72, with adhesive backing. This would be applied over the closure panel 64, and assist in holding it in place.
The recess, on this case, is covered by a cover 86. Cover 86 has channel shaped edge grippers 88. The edge grippers fit over the edge flanges. The cover is thus slidable up and down. This enables a purchaser to retrieve the item in the recess, or to replace it and close the cover.
For purposes of facilitating assembly the item may have an adhesive patch 90 thereon. The adhesive is a contact adhesive of the type which provides only a simple gripping action, which it readily separable without damage to the item.
When the item is placed in the recess, the adhesive patch on the item will hold the item in the recess, and enable the cover to be moved into position.
A further embodiment of bottle is shown in
In this case the bottle 100, has an exterior opening recess 102, formed as a depression in the bottle side wall.
A secondary item 104 may be deposited in recess 102, for removal later by the purchaser. A dab of temporary adhesive may secure the item in the recess.
The recess 102 may be closed off by a sliding resilient cover 106 .
Cover 106 is of generally semi cylindrical contour in section (
Cover 106 makes a friction fit around the exterior of bottle 100. It is resilient and can be sprung open (
Typically a label of paper or plastic film (not shown) will be applied over the cover 106, and hold it in position prior to sale.
The purchaser can tear open the label, and release the cover 106. The cover 106 can then be rotated (
A further embodiment is shown in
In this case the container 110, is of angular shape, in this case rectangular in cross section, such as is typical in milk cartons or juices containers, for example.
In this case an exterior recess 112 is formed in a side wall of the container 110.
A secondary item 114 is shown nested in the recess 112. the secondary item is provided with a temporary dab of adhesive surface film 116. The film 116 is of the type of adhesive which provides only a relatively weak bond. It is just sufficient to hold the item in the recess, so as to enable the remaining packaging steps to be completed, without the item falling out of the recess.
Edge flanges 118 are formed along each side edge of the one side wall of the container 110 (
A cover panel 120 is formed with side channels 122 down each side edge.
The channels 122 receive the flanges 118, and thus the panel 120 is secured to the container, and covers the recess 112.
If desired a label 124 may be applied to the container to secure the cover in position prior to sale.
When used in the foregoing manner, containers of the present invention, which may or may not be the beverage bottle illustrated, may be offered and sold by businesses to enable users, such as spectators, to utilize the one or more secondary products. In some cases these secondary products may enable a spectator to actively participate in the sporting or entertainment event, for example.
The combination containers may also have a simple utilitarian purpose, so as to facilitate the serving of customers in a fast food establishment, or at an outdoor picnic, or in emergency aid situations.
The combination container, such as a beverage bottle may also be utilized as a business-to-business advertising aid, enabling a liquid beverages business to cross-promote the goods and services of another business by providing advertisements and product samples, for example, within the secondary compartment of the beverage bottle. In addition to the the various secondary and advertising opportunities that may be pursued using the beverage bottle of the present invention, the beverage bottle may continue to be utilized by a user in a conventional manner to quench their thirst and thereby further enhance their enjoyment of the related business, sporting or entertainment event.
It will be understood that there are to be no limitations as to the dimensions and shape of the beverage bottle 10, including the secondary compartment 12 and the one or more secondary products 14 stored therein, or the materials from which the beverage bottle 10 is manufactured. The beverage bottle 10 may be constructed to resemble any commercially available bottle for holding a liquid beverage and may be manufactured from any suitable plastic, glass, or metal. An example of a suitable plastic material is polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material. Furthermore, it should be understood that the combination container of the present invention may be adapted to store and serve any suitable liquid, such as, for example, water, juice, milk, carbonated sodas, beer and liquor.
The assembly of a package consisting of the primary container and the secondary product may proceed as follows.
The container is first filled with liquid (in this embodiment), and the top sealed.
The container is then moved with its secondary compartment uppermost, to a bonding station as in
An adhesive compound is then applied to the back wall of the cavity, by an applicator. The adhesive will be a contact adhesive, with only moderate bonding strength. For example a compound as simple as low strength rubber cement could be used.
The container is then passed to a second step as in
At a third step as in
A further embodiment is shown in
A semi-rigid cover panel 146 is shown. The panel 146 is dimensioned to fit within the open mouth of the depression 140 but lies on the ledge 144 extending around the walls 142
Preferably, for ease of manipulation, the panel 146 is formed with a finger opening 148. This will facilitate the removal of the panel by a consumer.
A label 150 is shown in part. It will be seen that it will wrap around the bottle, and completely cover the depression 140 and panel 146.
Within the interior of the depression 140, a secondary item 152 is shown, secured temporarily by a relatively weak form of temporary adhesive 154, (described above).
Once the cover panel 146 has been inserted and is lying against the ledge 144, the label 150 is then wrapped around the entire bottle and covers the cover panel. The cover panel being of semi-rigid material will function to retain the item 152 and to support the label in the region of the depression, and thus ensure that the bottle and label arrives at the point of sale intact and having a good marketable appearance.
The cover panel may be formed simply of card stock. Alternatively it may be made of some thermoplastic material, which may be curved as at 156 (in phantom) to conform to the profile of the bottle.
For the sake of convenience and facilitating high speed handling on an automated packaging line, some form of contact adhesive may be applied to the ledges 144. This will have the effect of retaining the cover panel 146 in position, as the containers move on down the production line for the application of labels.
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While what has been shown and described herein constitutes a preferred embodiment of the subject invention, it should be understood that various modifications and adaptations of such embodiment can be made without departing from the present invention, the scope of which is defined in the appended claims.
1. A combination container for a consumer product, for containing the primary consumer product and for carrying a secondary product separate from the primary product and comprising;
- a body having an exterior side wall providing a primary compartment for containing a primary consumer product, the body having a sidewall extending between a top and a base;
- a secondary product compartment formed as a depression in said exterior side wall on the exterior of the body and forming a cavity recessed within the body;
- a secondary product disposed and stored within the cavity of the secondary compartment;
- adhesive between the cavity and the secondary item;
- a cover panel for the secondary compartment, covering said cavity; and,
- a label enclosing said cover panel.
2. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 1, wherein the secondary compartment has a cavity wall extending from the base into the body, the cavity wall defining an inwardly directed ledge for supporting the cover panel.
3. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 2, wherein the primary product is a liquid beverage stored within the body, being separated from the secondary product within the secondary compartment by the cavity wall.
4. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 3, wherein the secondary product comprises a banner adapted to be removed from the secondary compartment and unfurled.
5. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 3, wherein the secondary product comprise a miniature container for a consumer product adapted to be stored within the secondary compartment.
6. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 1, wherein the secondary compartment is a cavity recessed within the container, and has a length dimension which is shorter than the length of the container.
7. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 1, wherein the container is formed of paper and is of rectangular shape, and wherein the compartment is of rectangular shape recessed into said container.
8. A combination container for a consumer product as claimed in claim 7, wherein said secondary compartment is formed of thermo plastic material separately from said container, and side flanges on said secondary compartment, said side flanges being bonded to the interior of said container, and an opening in the side wall of said container registering with secondary compartment.
9. A method of assembling a combination container for a consumer product, wherein the container contains a primary consumer product, and has a cavity adapted for carrying a secondary product separate from the primary product and comprising the steps of;
- applying a contact adhesive to the interior of said cavity;
- placing said secondary product in said cavity and bonding to said secondary product;
- applying a cover panel to said container over said cavity; and,
- applying a label over said cover panel enclosing said secondary product in said cavity.
10. A method of assembling a combination container as claimed in claim 9 wherein said cavity is formed with ledges, along opposite sides of said cavity, and wherein the step of applying the cover comprises placing said cover panel onto said ledges.
11. A method of assembling a combination container as claimed in claim 9 and including the steps of applying adhesive to said ledges, and applying said cover over said adhesive.
Filed: Apr 4, 2013
Publication Date: Oct 17, 2013
Inventor: Nader Nowzari (Bradford)
Application Number: 13/986,132
International Classification: B65D 1/04 (20060101);