Baked Goods Patents (Class 229/906)
  • Patent number: 10357121
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering and protecting an edible item that allows a flexible covering to cover and protect the edible item without damaging or altering a feature on the edible item. The edible item has a top surface with an outer edge. The apparatus provides a plurality of vertical supports, each having a first portion and a second portion. The second portion of each vertical support is inserted the top surface of the edible item adjacent to the outer edge. The first portion of each vertical support at least partially extends beyond the outer edge of the edible item, and the flexible covering can be supported by the plurality of vertical supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Rayis
  • Patent number: 10076199
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering and protecting an edible item that allows a flexible covering to cover and protect the edible item without damaging or altering a feature on the edible item. The edible item has a top surface with an outer edge. The apparatus provides a plurality of vertical supports, each having a first portion and a second portion. The second portion of each vertical support is inserted the top surface of the edible item adjacent to the outer edge. The first portion of each vertical support at least partially extends beyond the outer edge of the edible item, and the flexible covering can be supported by the plurality of vertical supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Rayis
  • Patent number: 9814336
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering and protecting an edible item that allows a flexible covering to cover and protect the edible item without damaging or altering a feature on the edible item. The edible item has a top surface with an outer edge. The apparatus provides a plurality of vertical supports, each having a first portion and a second portion. The second portion of each vertical support is inserted the top surface of the edible item adjacent to the outer edge. The first portion of each vertical support at least partially extends beyond the outer edge of the edible item, and the flexible covering can be supported by the plurality of vertical supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Rayis
  • Patent number: 9010621
    Abstract: A box for receiving a food item is provided, and the box is usable with an additional box that is also configured to receive a food item. The box includes a bottom portion including a bottom panel having a link feature formed therein, and a top portion hingedly connected to the bottom portion and configured to form a cover. The top portion includes a top panel having a link feature formed therein. The link feature of the bottom portion is cooperable with the additional box to link the two boxes together when the additional box is placed beneath the box, or the link feature of the top portion is cooperable with the additional box to link the two boxes together when the additional box is placed on top of the box. Furthermore, at least one of the link features comprises a bendable tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Domino's IP Holder LLC
    Inventors: Meredith Baker, Benjamin A. Bangser, Jason Eiseman, Jessica Glass, James E. McCay, Thomas VanEsley, Phillip Worley
  • Patent number: 8960478
    Abstract: A food and condiment container having a first storage space for a food item and a second storage space for a condiment. The container includes a paperboard carton and an appliqué fold-out pocket affixed thereto and moveable between open and closed positions for receiving a condiment The pocket includes a front panel, a back panel, and first and second side panels extending therebetween. The back panel is joined to the carton, and the front panel is joined to the back panel along a portion thereof to hinge forward from the back panel. The side panels are connected between the front and back panels and are collapsible along a crease extending the vertical length of the side panels. Prior to use, the appliqué pocket remains flush with the carton and is opened along a perforation line to form a storage space for a condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Caleb C. Crye
  • Patent number: 8955738
    Abstract: A food scoop of a generally upwardly tapering truncated configuration having a lower portion of rectangular cross section and an upper portion of circular cross section with a bottom in edge contact with the peripheral wall of the scoop completely thereabout and with opposed combined glue and sealing flaps integral with the bottom and bonded to opposed sides of the scoop wall and with the upper portion of the scoop terminating in a foldable closure means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Pactiv Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Liming Cai, Angela E. Learn
  • Patent number: 8905263
    Abstract: A dispenser box having a modified rectangular shape with leaf-shaped end walls and partly curved main walls that may form symmetrically or non-symmetrically configured halves of the dispenser box. The first main wall has a substantially flat surface extending from a first side edge of the dispenser box and changing into a curved surface when moving in a direction from the first side edge towards a second side edge of the dispenser box. The second main wall has a corresponding substantially flat surface at the second side edge, which changes into a curved surface when moving in a direction towards the first side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Thorsten Becherer, Annie Sporre Thorburn
  • Patent number: 8881968
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present invention comprise a single blank design for a recyclable food container, which includes a majority recyclable portion and a detachable product support pad portion. Once the blank is erected, the detachable product support pad forms the base of the food container and may bear the weight of food product, such as pizza. After use by a consumer, the soiled detachable product support pad may be detached and discarded, thus allowing the remainder of the food container to be recycled. The detachable product support pad also protects the other parts of the food container from grease or other food by-products, thus encouraging recyclability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Pratt Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Casey E. Coleman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8857701
    Abstract: A convertible food transporting box consists of a single blank which, when appropriately folded, serves the dual purposes of transporting food, i.e. pizza, and elevating the box for displaying and serving the pizza. The lid section of the box has a plurality of perforated inserts as part of the lid section itself. When used to transport pizza or like food, the box is a standard pizza box type container. To convert the box to an elevated food display and serving tray, the perforated inserts are pushed out of and locked to the lid section, such that they extend outwardly from the lid section. The lid section is then rotated to a position beneath the container section, such that the extended inserts act as legs to support the box, now converted to a food tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Pizza Products LLC
    Inventors: Marcello Mandreucci, Andrew DePascale, Robert Petner
  • Patent number: 8815317
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a platform having a plurality of peripheral edges, a plurality of elevating panels for maintaining the platform in a raised position, and a layer of microwave energy interactive material overlying at least a portion of the platform. The platform includes a movable portion defined at least partially by a line of disruption extending substantially between a pair of adjacent edges of the platform. The movable portion of the platform is adapted to pivot along the line of disruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 8770466
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a corrugated box for separately holding two items, preferably cooked pizzas. The box comprises a base portion, a shelf portion, and a lid portion, with each portion having foldable walls. The first item will be enclosed between the base portion and the shelf portion, while the second item will be enclosed within the shelf portion and the lid. Score lines are used to indicate where folds should be made. Score lines are positioned where each of the above folds should be made, and can include perforation and cut lines. The shelf portion is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Robert J. Terlesky, Debra K. Mabry
  • Patent number: 8740050
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product can comprise a tray and a lid. The lid can cooperate with the tray to at least partially close the carton. The carton further can comprise a hinge at least partially foldably connecting the lid and the tray. The hinge can comprise a first hinge fold line, a second hinge fold line, and a cut extending between the first hinge fold line and the second hinge fold line. The first hinge fold line and the second hinge fold line are generally aligned along a hinge axis, and the cut comprises a central portion that is generally parallel to the hinge axis and is offset from the hinge axis. Portions of a side panel of the tray are foldably connected to respective portions of a side panel of the lid along the respective first and second hinge fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Becky L. Zinck, Jeffrey T. Wright
  • Patent number: 8733622
    Abstract: A blank of sheet material for forming a container is provided. The blank includes a tray panel assembly, a cover panel assembly, a fold line connecting the tray panel assembly and the cover panel assembly, and an anti-buckling mechanism interrupting the fold line. The anti-buckling mechanism includes a series of cuts positioned at least partially below the fold line in the tray panel assembly. The series of cuts extends more than half a length of the fold line. Each cut of the series of cuts is substantially straight. The anti-buckling mechanism further includes an upper cut line defined in the cover panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Angela Elizabeth Learn
  • Patent number: 8708218
    Abstract: Packaging that has a small space requirement after use, is economical and practical to use, and avoids the user soiling his fingers during opening and when grasping the product comprises a lateral strip (410) having two longitudinal edges connected by two end edges and having at least one curvature and/or fold in order to form a storage space for the food product and a membrane seal having a bottom region (501) and a cover region (502), each region begin secured to a separate longitudinal edge, and a lateral border region (503) secured to the end edges of the strip so as to enclose the food product in the storage space. The membrane seal is secured in a peelable manner to the end edges, to the whole of a first longitudinal edge and to at least a part of the second longitudinal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bongrain S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Bonnin, Sébastien Ravelet
  • Patent number: 8690043
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a reducible carton formed from a one-piece unitary blank of material. The reducible carton comprises a top wall, a bottom wall, opposite side walls, a front wall and a back wall. Means enabling the reducible carton to transversely separate it into a reusable rear carton component and a discardable front carton component. The reusable carton component comprises the back wall and a rear portion of each of the top wall, the bottom wall and the side walls, wherein the rear top wall portion, the rear bottom wall portion and the rear side wall portions in the reusable carton component each terminate in a forward edge defining an open forward end of the reusable carton component. The forward edge of one of the rear top wall portion or the rear bottom wall portion defines a seal flap that is foldable into closing relationship over the open forward end of the reusable carton component. The seal flap has a locking tab on a free edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Frederick R. Holch, Nicholas A. Philips
  • Patent number: 8672215
    Abstract: There is described herein a disposable clam shell food service container having a continuous sidewall which includes a novel flex-hinge panel between the lid and bottom of the container. This construction permits the container to open easily when the lid is pushed upwardly resulting in a flat tray like configuration devoid of the typical upstanding median wall or divider and which may be used as a serving plate by the consumer. The container may be easily snapped closed and locked to allow later consumption of any uneaten food products. Several additional embodiments of the invention are also presented, all of which include a continuous sidewall which ensures that the food product will remain warm and one of several lock means to secure the container in its closed condition. A triangular form of the container is also described for serving of pizza, pies and similar shaped food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pactiv Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Angela E. Learn
  • Patent number: 8479972
    Abstract: An expandable food carton expands to a non-trapezoidal shape when in an open and expanded state. The expanded state creates a wider top opening which provides a larger access to the interior of the package and thus to the food product. The expandable carton has a bottom end with upstanding side panels therefrom, where each side panel has at least one score line that extends between an upper end region and a lower end region. The carton has a top flap attached at an upper end of each side panel, each top flap also having a score line that extends longitudinally between an upper end region and a lower end region at a midpoint region. Upon shifting the carton into the expanded state, the side panels of the carton shift outward along their respective score lines and the top flaps of the carton fold down adjacent respective side panels and shift outward along their respective score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Lyn Craft, Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez
  • Patent number: 8393529
    Abstract: The present invention provides an easily disposable pizza box that may also be used as a storage container for holding leftover pizza. In the most preferable embodiment, a pull-tab cord design is used as the primary means of weakening the box structure, which facilitates separating the first box into two portions. The resulting open end of one or both portions may be readily folded shut, thereby forming a second closed box structure. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, one portion of the split first box is sized so that when the open end is folded shut, the second box is essentially half the volume of the first box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventors: William Gerard Volz, Brady Neal Ware
  • Patent number: 8225985
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The front and back panels each have a curved edge at an end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8033391
    Abstract: A moisture-absorbent padding used in combination with and for lining a food product container, such as a pizza box, includes parallelepiped strips each having a cavity therein and a moisture-absorbent material within the cavity. The strips further have vertically oriented monolithic orifices disposed within a front wall of each strip. The orifices open into the cavity and absorb moisture released from a food product stored within the container. The apparatus may also include a laterally flanging parallelepiped reservoir downwardly and angularly disposed on each side of each orifice which collects moisture seeping away from the moisture-absorbent material. An adhesive material on the rear wall attaches each strip to an inside edge of an outer wall of the food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Lorenzo Scotto D'Abusco
  • Patent number: 8025207
    Abstract: A pizza box and blank having a unique cover-locking structure comprising (a) a tab extending from a front end edge of a panel of a side wall assembly and (b) a tab engaging edge disposed in or on a cover assembly. A main advantage is a cover-locking structure that provides ease of use and secure cover closure, along with possible material savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 7980454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container configured to selectively enclose multiple food products, including: a tray including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, a bottom, and an internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, the bottom, and the internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall collectively define a first compartment configured to hold a first food product and a second compartment configured to hold a second food product; and a unified cover including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a top, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, and the top are substantially coextensive with the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Paris Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Burton, Karl Merkley, Lynn English
  • Patent number: 7942268
    Abstract: A container for take-away pizza or the like comprises a first dish-shaped semi-container and a second dish-shaped semi-container comprising a first and a second support portions, respectively, adapted to support the pizza, and means for the mutual releasable connection of the first and the second semi-containers. The first and the second semi-containers are shaped so that, when they are connected, the respective support portions thereof form, together, a pizza seat adapted to internally contain the take-away pizza and, when they are separated, each of them can act as a dish for the pizza through the respective support portion thereof. The first and the second semi-containers are made of a washable material so that the container can be used many times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Silvio Manca
  • Patent number: 7931188
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a combination of a pizza box and leveling device for the pizza box. The pizza box has at least one sidewall that is formed having two adjacent panels with a cavity between the adjacent panels, and, a bottom that has at least one slot. The at least one slot is substantially aligned with and provides access to the cavity. And, the leveling device has at least one portion thereof formed for insertion into the at least one slot and further into the cavity of the sidewall of the pizza box so as to detachably attach the leveling device to the pizza box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Vito Marinelli, Richard J. Macor
  • Patent number: 7874476
    Abstract: A container (1) for the transport of a foodstuff comprises an upper and a lower container half (2, 3) which are interconnected for pivoting between a closed and an open position (4). Each container half comprises a flat bottom and/or cover wall (5, 6), from which side walls (7, 8, 9, 10) extend essentially obliquely upwards or downwards and outwards to the respective other container half (2, 3). In order to improve the thermal insulation with containers of this nature and at the same time to achieve increased stability, in particular with containers made from paper, cardboard or the like, the bottom and/or cover wall (5, 6) is formed double-walled at least in places. A one-part blank (40) is provided for the manufacture of a container of this nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 7793821
    Abstract: A carton capable of containing a plurality of food items is disclosed. The carton can be separated into two portions or trays, each of which can be converted into a tray for heating a food item in a microwave oven. One or both of the trays may be designed to elevate the food product from the turntable or floor of the microwave oven to enhance the efficiency of the heating process. One or both trays may include a microwave energy interactive to enhance browning and/or crisping of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7762450
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The front and back panels each have a curved edge at an end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7678036
    Abstract: A ripple bottom pizza box and the method of creating a pizza box with such a ripple bottom. A pizza box blank is provided that is made of corrugated cardboard. The corrugated cardboard has parallel corrugation waves that traverse a flat bottom section pf the pizza box blank in a first direction. A roller is provided that has multiple parallel roller heads. The flat bottom section of the pizza box blank is advanced under the rollers. The parallel roller heads press parallel depressions into the flat bottom section in a direction perpendicular to the first direction of the corrugation waves. The result is that when the pizza box blank is folded into a pizza box, the bottom of the pizza box is contoured with parallel depression lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Eleftherios Malitas, Kyriaki Malitas
  • Patent number: 7654441
    Abstract: A food container has an airplane configuration provided by a cardboard-like sheet having a plurality of spaced fold lines defining a number of panels that are folded along the lines and assembled to provide an airplane-like body having food compartments therein. The panels that extend to the tail of the fuselage are especially configured to provide a unitary tail fin and associated stabilizer that present the tail configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Kid Stuff Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Billen
  • Patent number: 7628311
    Abstract: A folded food carton is formed from a matable, lay flat blank for retaining, transporting and serving hot food such as pizza. The blank includes an arrangement of end panels, side panels and cover panels foldable relative to a bottom panel such that, in the erected carton, the cover panels overlap and are interlocked with the side panels by means of offset locking tabs. The end panels slant upwardly and inwardly from the bottom panel to add rigidity and save material for the carton. The side panels flare upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel and extend above the cover panels to enhance stackability and prevent shifting of stacked cartons one on top of the other. Several methods of packaging pizza in the folded carton are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: Wayne H Kuhn, Frank Pizzitola
  • Patent number: 7607563
    Abstract: A container for use in transporting food, such as pizza, and formed from a foldable blank. The container incorporates therein a cut-out adjacent a top wall thereof which serves as a finger grip for opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Arvco Container Corporation
    Inventors: D. Matt Hanna, Robert A. Ford
  • Patent number: 7578428
    Abstract: A carry-out food container comprised of a flexible open-ended, bag-like container having an upper partially transparent panel and a lower panel, in combination with a food tray which is movable into and out of the closable open end of the bag-like container, the tray having a food-supporting planar base panel with a peripheral edge supporting an upstanding sidewall that extends partially therearound to define an unrestricted access to the interior of the tray, the tray being freely movable within the container to a position where the tray base panel is beneath the window and its unrestricted access is adjacent to and slightly inward of the openable end of the closable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: PDOC, LLC
    Inventor: Todd R. Charlton
  • Patent number: 7520417
    Abstract: A food container in combination with a condiment container having a lip, a lower lip edge and a top edge. The food container includes at least one wall. A bottom connected to the wall defines a containment space. A slit formation is formed in the wall, the slit formation has a lower slit and an upper slit substantially parallel to the lower slit. The slits define a loop that is displaceable into the containment space for supporting the condiment container by urging the condiment container against the wall. The lower slit defines a wall lower ledge disposed for supporting the lower lip edge of the condiment container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventors: Markku Biedermann, Andres Kozhaya, Xavier Velez, Krystle Kimmons, Thomas Kuhn, Jaime Buitrago
  • Patent number: 7464855
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-product container and container blank. In accordance with the present invention, a single sheet of foldable material is cut and scored to define a container blank. The blank includes a variety of panels, flaps and tabs, that when erected, form a container that includes two container areas. The two container areas may be the same size, or they may be of different size. The container includes a top panel assembly that may be locked to close the container. In once aspect of this invention, the container is useful for application such as the pizza market where the pizza is placed in one container area and other items are placed in the second container area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Timothy C Glasgow
  • Patent number: 7431198
    Abstract: A box-shaped container is formed with two container halves joined together for swiveling along an adjoining edge. Each of the halves comprises a bottom wall, side walls protruding away from same, and rear walls joining them at their ends. The joining edge is formed by the upper end edges of the rear walls. To improve such a box-shaped container in that removal of the food stuff is simplified in a simple constructive manner and without dispensing with the advantages of known containers and at the same time avoiding dirtying the user, the side walls of the first container half are formed with increasing height, and the side walls of the second container half are formed with decreasing height in the respective direction to the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 7387231
    Abstract: An insert including a support panel, a first tab, and a second tab. The support panel defining a front edge, a back edge opposite the front edge, a first side edge extending between the front edge and the back edge, and a second side edge extending between the front edge and the back edge opposite the first side edge. The support panel is adapted to support a food product during cutting of the food product and during transfer of the food product to a container. The first tab extends along the first side edge of the support panel from the front edge only partially toward the back edge. The second tab extends along the second side edge of the support panel from the back edge only partially toward the front edge. Other inserts and trays and combinations including inserts or trays provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Pizza Hut, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Yandian, Peter G. Graham
  • Patent number: 7380702
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a box, namely a pizza box having a bottom wall; a peripheral side wall attached to a periphery of the bottom wall; a top cover including a rear edge hingedly attached to the side wall, a front edge, and two side edges between the front edge and the rear edge. The box is fitted with a serving tray having handles on at least two opposing sides. The serving tray is designed to fit inside the pizza box. The box may contain at least two slits in the top cover, each slit extending along the front edge, side edge or back edge. These slits are configured so that the handles from the serving tray partially fit into each slit thereby providing additional support for the overall structure of the pizza box. This allows the pizza box to be constructed of lighter material with the additional support coming from the handles of the serving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: VI Innovations, Corp.
    Inventor: Franco R. Oddo
  • Publication number: 20080093433
    Abstract: A condiment receptacle for use with a food container configured to hold a food item in the container's food chamber. The condiment receptacle attaches to or is integral with one of the container's upstanding sidewalls. The condiment receptacle comprises a front panel that extends outward from the sidewall by a first side panel and a second side panel when the receptacle is placed in the open position to define a condiment chamber for receiving a quantity of condiment therein. Each side panel has one or more fold lines to collapse the receptacle generally against the sidewall to place the receptacle in its closed position for transport and storage of the food container, which is also configured to collapse substantially flat. The condiment receptacle can also include a back panel that attaches to the sidewall with an adhesive material and/or a bottom panel, each of which further define the condiment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: Arthur Haroutiounian
  • Patent number: 7331459
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the invention, the secondary usefulness of a pizza spacer is increased by providing a coupling mechanism that is configured to attach the pizza spacer to other pizza spacers in order to form larger objects that have a purpose beyond that of merely functioning as a pizza spacer. For example, a pizza spacer according to some embodiments of the invention may be connected to other pizza spacers to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Other embodiments of the invention are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Jason Hilbourne
  • Patent number: 7303115
    Abstract: A cupcake carrier for organizing and protecting cupcakes during storage and transit includes a container formed of a singled sheet of planar material and having flaps folded in assembly to form an upwardly opening cavity carrying an insert tray formed of a single sheet of planar material and having circular openings for lightly compressively holding the cupcakes in a grid array. The insert is sized smaller than the base of the container to provide slots about the periphery. The container includes a hinged lid having flaps that enter the slots in the closed position to reinforce the outer walls and prevent inner movement of the flaps during transit and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Lee Anne McClymont
  • Patent number: 7273162
    Abstract: A fry scoop with one or two cells store food and condiments within a folded container. The fry scoop starts as a single blank with a rear panel, a rear wall, a bottom, a front wall with flanking side panels, and a front panel. The panels fold onto their respective walls, the walls fold upwardly from the bottom, and the sides then fold and attach to the rear wall. With the sides, front wall, and rear wall upright, an open top food container forms. Pulling the front and rear panels inwards opens two condiment cells. The front and rear panels have similar edge shapes and attain the same height from the bottom. The similarity between the front and the rear of the present invention allows consumers, or restaurant staff, to load the scoop from the front or the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Altivity Packaging, LLC
    Inventor: Mark P. Baker
  • Publication number: 20070199980
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The front and back panels each have a curved edge at an end of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20070199981
    Abstract: A carton with a generally open top and bottom end includes front and back panels foldably connected by side panels. The side panels have corner panels adapted for forming webbed corners of the carton for holding a food product in the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7261231
    Abstract: A folded food carton is formed from a matable, lay flat blank for retaining, transporting and serving hot food such as pizza. The blank includes an arrangement of end panels, side panels and cover panels foldable relative to a bottom panel such that, in the erected carton, the cover panels overlap and are interlocked with the side panels by means of offset locking tabs. The end panels slant upwardly and inwardly from the bottom panel to add rigidity and save material for the carton. The side panels flare upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel and extend above the cover panels to enhance stackability and prevent shifting of stacked cartons one on top of the other. Several methods of packaging pizza in the folded carton are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Wayne H. Kuhn, Frank Pizzitola
  • Publication number: 20070187473
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product. The carton has a central panel and a plurality of panels foldably connected to the central panel to form a tray for receiving the food product. At least one retention panel is foldably connected to one of the plurality of panels. The retention panel is in generally spaced apart relationship with the central panel to form a receiving space for at least partially receiving the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7232055
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing a food and beverage includes a substantially flat stock, for example, cardboard or fiberboard that is folded into a three-dimensional apparatus. When formed, the apparatus includes a first compartment for holding a food and a beverage extension section adapted for holding a beverage. Certain of the sections include panels that interlock. A reinforcing member is provided to add strength to the beverage extension portion. A pair of thumbholes are provided in two of the sections and a pair of slots are provided for securing a pair of eating utensils, for example, a fork and spoon. The unused thumbhole is adapted to receive a napkin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Edmond Heng Lim
  • Patent number: 7222778
    Abstract: A multifunctional device for supporting a lid of a container in order to protect an item stored within the container is provided. The support device includes a generally planar upper member. The support device also includes at least one leg member detachably connected to the upper member by a connecting member and projecting from a surface of the upper member. The upper member and leg member have a first function as a lid support when the leg member and upper member are attached. Further, either one of the upper member or the leg member have a second function different from the first function when the leg member is detached from the upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventors: Ronald Brian Smith, Daniel Nett
  • Patent number: 7182242
    Abstract: A food container includes an upper portion having a generally frusto-conicle upwardly tapered food containing portion which is adapted to be superimposed on a cover of a beverage container with the cover serving as a base. The food container also includes an integral lower portion for encircling a beverage container below its cover and wherein the upper portion includes a cover engaging portion which extends over only a portion of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Patent number: 7159760
    Abstract: A package for several delicacies comprising compartments, which are pivotally connected to the sides of a polygonal bottom part. The package includes a closed position wherein the bottom part forms a portion of a flat bottom of a container for the delicacies, each compartment is a part of the container, and the package comprises vertical flat walls meeting at substantially vertical edges. The package further includes an open position wherein the compartment have been pivoted downwards forming several holders for delicacies that are open at the upper sides of said compartments and the package can rest on a flat supporting surface with the edges of the flat walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Deborah Pluck, Helena Johanna Raphaël Tolido
  • Patent number: 7143930
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a carton for a diagonally cut sandwich or like foodstuff formed from a blank of card and having triangular end walls connected by rectangular side walls to form a triangular prism-shaped container. One side wall of the container is hinged to another wall of the container to provide an opening for insertion/removal of foodstuff and to form a lid for closing the opening. The edges of the opening have out-turned flanges and the periphery of the lid overlies the out-turned flanges encircling the opening when the lid is in the closed position whereby the lid can be bonded to the flanges to seal the contents of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Rapid Action Packaging Limited
    Inventors: Julian David Kyrle Money, Savv Akis Sayya