Baked Goods Patents (Class 229/906)
  • Patent number: 5221040
    Abstract: A clamshell type carton is provided with a cut along the hinge score line connecting the upper cover and lower tray portions. Either a second cut in the back panel of the carton, above or below the hinge score line cut, or a cut-out slot encompassing the hinge score line cut, is utilized to facilitate the easy opening and closing of the carton without buckling occurring in the back panel in the region of the hinge score line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Perseco Division of the Havi Group LP
    Inventor: John F. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 5211329
    Abstract: A container for a food product, such as pizza, has a bottom, two side walls, a rear wall and a front wall, all formed from a single blank of paperboard. A lid folds over the rear wall. Lid flaps depend from the lid on each side for insertion on an interior side of each of the side walls. The lid flaps have a retaining portion of greater height and a recessed portion. Diagonal corner walls extend between the side walls and the front wall. A slot locates in each corner wall for receiving a tab depending from the lid to lock the lid in a closed position. The slot and tabs have lower edge that incline in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Bates Container, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Patton
  • Patent number: 5209392
    Abstract: A pizza box is formed of an upper panel and a lower panel which, by a series of fold lines is formed into a closable box. The upper panel includes a central, transversely extending score line. The lower panel also includes a centrally located, transversely extending score line. The score lines penetrate through the material forming the box. These score lines, as opposed to the fold lines which are formed in the blank to form a box, facilitate the collapse of the box, so that quarter portions of the collapsed box are stacked in an overlying condition. The reduced area of the collapsed box, formed into quarters, facilitates the storage of the box for recycling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Inventor: Walter Anatro
  • Patent number: 5205476
    Abstract: A paperboard clamshell carton includes a tray and a cover, hingedly connected and latched in the closed position by cooperating latching members. Detents, extending forwardly from adjacent the upper corners of the front wall of the tray, and detent engaging slots and tabs in the cover, located adjacent the lower corners of the front wall of the cover, releasably engage when the cover is folded shut over the tray. The forwardly extending detents are of double thickness, being formed by overlapped extensions of the glue flaps and side walls of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Perseco Division of The HAVI Group LP
    Inventor: John F. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 5197659
    Abstract: A foldable box having, in addition to primary folding lines and flat segments, a number of latent score lines in a direction perpendicular to the length of the unfolded box. The latent score lines do not interfere with the formation and the normal function of the box. However, they serve to facilitate an irreversible destruction of the box, when the box is forced to be folded into a log-like structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: WTPA, Incorporated
    Inventor: Eustathios Vassiliou
  • Patent number: 5188284
    Abstract: In a carton comprising a tray and a removable cover, peripheral walls on the cover and tray overlapping and engaging each other. Outwardly projecting locking lugs on the cover and tray walls cross each other and interlock upon a movement of the cover to a closed position over the tray and provide spaced points of interlock about the periphery of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Eisman
  • Patent number: 5183201
    Abstract: A carton tray formed from a flat carton blank including a bottom wall panel, four side wall panels integral with the bottom wall panel along four side fold lines and a gusset wall panel integral with each pair of adjacent side wall panels along two end fold lines extending from a corner point in angularly related relation with respect to one another. In erected condition, each gusset wall panel is brought into surface-to-surface abutting relation with an end portion of one of the associated pair of adjacent side wall panels defined by one of the associated two end fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Gulf States Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Richard F. Gulliver
  • Patent number: 5180075
    Abstract: A pizza delivery system is provided which combines the use of inexpensive paper bags and flat paperboard trays, with an insulating reusable container that permits pizza to be delivered in a warm, unsoggy condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Henry Montalbano
  • Patent number: 5110039
    Abstract: A paperboard container is formed from a single piece with appropriate cuts, score lines and slots to become, when in the erected condition, a food container for holding hot food such as pizzas. Top and bottom panels are provided as are appropriate side panels. At the back side panel on each side thereof panels are provided whereby two opposed triangular flaps are folded back over an angle of to form a multi-layer construction to add to the strength. In another embodiment, front angled corners are constructed where triangular panels are created as is a generally rectangular antislide panel which, when the bottom receptacle portion is formed will be inclined inwardly within the interior of the container to form an antislide barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Philips
  • Patent number: 5110038
    Abstract: A standard corrugated paper pizza box is provided with slit cuts cut through the top panel of the pizza box in a shape to form four circular serving plates with a beveled raised edge and cross slit cuts through the bottom panel of the pizza box separating the box into four essentially equal portions for easy disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventors: Frank Pantisano, Scott M. Devine
  • Patent number: 5098013
    Abstract: A tray for transporting a single slice of pizza while facilitating use of the tray as a support so that the piece of pizza can be removed from and repositioned on the tray during eating thereof. The tray includes a generally triangular bottom wall and a pair of low-height side walls which extend along opposite identical side edges of the bottom wall. The other or base edge of the tray is open to facilitate movement of a piece of pizza either onto or off of the tray. The tray is formed from a flat blank constructed preferably of corrugated paperboard, with fold lines separating the low side walls from the bottom wall so that the side walls can be folded upwardly to be generally perpendicular to the bottom wall. One of the side walls has a latching tab integrally associated therewith and foldable so as to wrap around one end of the other side wall for insertion into an elongate slot which extends along the fold between the other side wall and the bottom wall to latch the tray in its assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Arvco Container Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. France, Gregory P. Phelps
  • Patent number: 5052559
    Abstract: A package device is provided for transporting heated carry-out food by a consumer which includes a box within which the food may be securely carried and support members to elevate the heated food from the bottom surface of the box, thus preventing the bottom portion of the food from becoming soggy while it is being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas E. Bressi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5039003
    Abstract: A clamshell or other hinged top cover type carton for hamburgers is provided with a divider sheet formed from paperboard or a paperboard laminate. The ends of the divider sheet extend laterally beyond the side edges of the carton. A bun heel and hot hamburger patty are located in the lower half of the container and a bun crown and various toppings are located in the top container half. The divider sheet separates the hot meat patty from the cooler toppings. For hamburger consumption, the user pulls a laterally extending edge of the divider sheet laterally away from the carton, the bun crown and toppings fall on to the hot hamburger patty and bun heel, thereby preparing the hamburger sandwich. The consumer now opens the carton to gain access to the sandwich.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Gordon, Barbara Mesquida, Paul D. Roosa
  • Patent number: 5031824
    Abstract: A packing box, in particular for pastries or cakes, is prepared from a cut-out and grooved blank.The box is characterized in that: each flap (201-206; 401-404) is formed from a lower part (201A-206A; 401A-404A) and a tab (201B-206B; 401B-404B) and each lower part (201A-206A; 401A-406A) is bordered over at least part of its length and on at least one of its sides by a strengthening strip (201E, 201F-206E, 206F, 401E-401F) connected to the base by a fold line. The homologous strengthening strips of the two adjacent flaps are joined by a fold line (300, 501, 502, 503, 504) and when the flaps are raised, the two strengthening strips project into the space of the box and approach the fold lines so as to form a ridge between the two flaps.The invention relates to cardboard boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Frederic Itey
  • Patent number: 5014853
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food container and more particularly to a pizza box for delivering pizzas. The box can be separated into sections that form plates on which the pizza or other type of food can be eaten. The box incudes a bottom portion that forms a storage area and a top portion that is perforated to define sections or plates. These perforations extend from a point substantially central to the top panel through the flaps. The sections can be separated along the perforations to form plates with sides which can be held to eat the pizza or other food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Eric T. Crockett
  • Patent number: 5002221
    Abstract: A rectangular box for transporting multiple pizza pies, with one or more pairs of short horizontal cuts in each corner, such that they form shelf supports when poked into the box. The shelf supports are configured such that they provide ventilation for the pizzas, and allow the shelves and pizzas to be easily removed from the box. The box, a cardboard version of it, and the method for making it are all disclosed.In addition, a particular type of box, with a fold-over top with flaps on three sides of the box, which fit into the box as the top folds down, and a separator stand in the center of each pizza pie for support of the pie above, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Philip J. Ragan
  • Patent number: 5000374
    Abstract: Several versions of a container incorporating a corner structure including at least one locking tab are disclosed. The corner structure comprises a top or bottom panel, a front wall connected to the top or bottom panel, a side wall connected to the top or bottom panel, a diagonal side wall panel connected to the side wall, a coupling panel connecting the diagonal side wall panel to the top or bottom panel and a reverse diagonal side wall panel connected to the front wall and the coupling panel. A first locking tab may be connected to the diagonal side wall panel opposite the side wall. The first locking tab is received between the front wall and the reverse diagonal side wall panel. A second locking tab may be connected to the first locking tab, opposite the diagonal side wall panel. The second locking tab is positionable in face-to-face relationship with the front wall. A tray embodiment includes four corner structures with locking tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Anthony J. Deiger
  • Patent number: 4993625
    Abstract: A tray which, in one preferred form, may be sized to hold a flat food product such as a pizza. The tray, in this one preferred form, includes a pair of opposed side walls each being foldably connected along a base edge at a generally right angle to a floor. A corner wall is foldably connected to each end of each side wall and also is oriented at a generally right angle to the floor, each corner wall also being oriented at an angle relative to its connected side wall. A set up panel is foldably connected to a bottom edge of each corner panel, is foldably connected to the floor, and overlies the floor in flush relation when the associated corner panel is oriented at a general right angle relative to the floor. A fastener system directly connects each set up panel with the floor. When each set up panel is so fastened to the floor, the side walls and the corner walls are retained in generally upright, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Honeymoon Paper Products
    Inventors: Ralph E. Stease, Kevin A. Gorsuch
  • Patent number: 4990345
    Abstract: A container for the storing and the direct consumption of edible contents therefrom. The container comprises a substantially cylindrically shaped container defined by an upstanding sidewall and an upper lid and a substantially parallel lower closure. The container also comprises a cover removably mounted above the upper lid to define a space between the upper lid and the cover. A utensil is located within the space for consuming the edible contents within the container. The container further comprises means between the upper lid and the cover for emitting a fragrance upon the separation of the cover from the upper lid. One of the lids and the sidewall thereadjacent is constricted to a reduced size for being inserted into the opposite end of another container for stacking purposes. The package is tamper evident with its upper lid coupled with respect to the sidewall so as to preclude littering. Lastly, also disclosed are methods of fabricating, filling and using such containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: John D. Webb
  • Patent number: 4984734
    Abstract: A stackable articulated carton tray apparatus for flat food products, particularly pizza pies, capable of being stacked in multiple quantities upon one another such that the bottom panel or an upper carton apparatus forms the cover for the adjacent lower carton apparatus. The carton apparatus is further joinable in a manner so as to prevent the shifting and separation of the stacked carton apparata during transport. The carton apparatus includes an octagonal bottom panel, side walls and detachable top panel for the uppermost one of several carton trays. Emanating from the side walls are alignment and interlock flaps for aligining and releasably joining multiple ones of the carton tray apparatus in a stacked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Zion, Allan J. Tison
  • Patent number: 4979667
    Abstract: A package for carryout food such as pizza includes a polygonal shaped tray and a separate lid. The tray is prepared from a single blank of paperboard or the like and includes a generally polygonal shaped bottom panel with integral side wall segments. At least four opposed side wall segments are provided with slotted false interior walls which support and retain the separate lid in place after the food is packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: J. Peter Seaman
  • Patent number: 4957237
    Abstract: The present invention provides a box with internal stacking capacity and particularly useful for the stacking of different food products such as pizzas and the like. The box itself comprises a base, a top and at least one internal platform with downwardly extending platform walls which space the platform above the base and below the top for vertical stacking of the products interiorly of the box. The platform is hingedly secured to the box for lifting the platform out of the way and exposing the box base with the platform still remaining attached to the box. The platform attachment then provides a guide for refitting of the platform back into the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Assignee: Paperboard Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Louis Madonna, Chris Garrett
  • Patent number: 4955527
    Abstract: A clamshell type carton bottom having integrally connected thereto a domed top with upper portions of side and front panels of the carton bottom defining seats on which there are seated seat members carried by side and front panels of the top and reversely turned so as to slope upwardly and outwardly while the side and front panels slope downwardly and outwardly. Each side panel of the bottom adjacent the front panel of the bottom is provided with a cut line which defines stop means so as to limit the movement of the top into the bottom when the carton is being closed. Further, the bottom front panel is provided with a locking flap which carries a locking tab which engages over the front seat member of the top to lock the top in place relative to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: Federal Paper Board Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Blackman, Douglas L. Neale
  • Patent number: 4949839
    Abstract: A package for food products, comprises a flat base constituting a support formation for a food product, a generally trough-shaped transparent cover which can be fitted to cover the product with its open edge resting on the flat base, and a flexible transparent wrapper which can envelop the flat base and the transparent cover. The flat base has appendages which can project beyond the open edge of the cover and are selectively orientable between a packaging position in which the appendages are folded against the transparent cover, and a consumption position in which, the wrapper having been removed, the appendages extend outwardly from the flat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Ferrero S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Ferrero
  • Patent number: 4944452
    Abstract: A multiple pizza container box is formed of a single, double-sided corrugated blank including a matrix of score and fold lines to enable interfolding of the blank. The blank is formed of three major planar surfaces including a floor panel, a middle panel, and a top wall, wherein the blank is of an "L" shaped configuration to enable positioning of a first pizza on the floor panel, then enabling subsequent over-folding of the middle panel to overlie the floor panel to enable positioning of a second pizza on the middle panel and subsequently permit over-folding of the top wall to provide a stacked enclosure for secure transport of multiple pizzas therewithin. Proximity of the pizzas in a stacked relationship enhances the retention of heat within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventors: Walter R. Kent, Terrence L. Guerrant
  • Patent number: 4940190
    Abstract: A container for food, the container having an open portion or an openable portion for presenting the food for consumption, a panel with an at least partially frangible portion which can be urged from a position co-planar with the panel to a position extending outwardly of the panel such that when the portion is moved to the extended position the food can be moved towards the open portion or openable portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventor: Maurice C. Groves
  • Patent number: 4930681
    Abstract: A container which can be constructed in one-piece or in two pieces. The container is preferably of corrugated paper-like material and is preferably of the "E-flute" type of corrugated material. The container includes a body member or body portion and a cover member or cover portion. The container includes a latch which automatically operates to latch the container in closed condition when the container is closed. The container has panels and walls which are relatively angular so that the opposing walls are in effective covering relationship when the container is closed. Also, the angular relationship between the panels and the walls permits a plurality of the containers to be nested and stacked in a stack having a minimum height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventors: Clinton Fultz, Stanley Dalton
  • Patent number: 4925035
    Abstract: A packaging for food such as individual pieces of chocolate or candy. The packaging has an inner package with a sealing foil that seals off a product holder. An outer package that surrounds the inner package is made of stiffening material and is provided with a flange that extends parallel to the sealing foil, so that at least the rim portion of the product holder and of the sealing foil extend below the flange. A connecting seam is disposed between the sealing foil and the product holder at a distance from the outer edge of the rim portion of the product holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Ludwig Schokolade GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Hunninghaus
  • Patent number: 4919326
    Abstract: Several embodiments of an improved container are disclosed. In one embodiment, the container has a rear side wall hinge and set-up panels extending therefrom so that it can be readily assembled from an integral prescored blank. Other embodiments relate to containers with improved thermal retention properties. According to one embodiment, a container is provided with an integral polymeric layer or foil layer which includes channels or depressions for releasing steam from a hot food product carried thereon. In another embodiment, a double side wall construction is provided and with vents for passing warm air between inner and outer side walls to warm the outside surface of the inner side wall to reduce the rate at which heat is transferred from inside the container through the inner side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Anthony J. Deiger
  • Patent number: 4913340
    Abstract: A tray for carrying food is disclosed as being constructed from a paperboard blank (12) having a central panel (14) of a rectangular shape with side portions (16, 17) and end portions (18, 19). A mid portion (20) is located therebetween. After assembly of the tray, side panels (22, 24) and end panels (30, 32) are folded upwardly from the central panel (14) about scoreline connections (26, 28-34, 36). A pair of horizontally extending roof panels (38, 40) overlie the central panel (14) in a horizontally spaced relationship to economize on the amount of paperboard needed for assembly of the tray and allow moisture to escape from the food. To provide rigidity to the tray and stability to a stack of multiple trays while preventing contact between food and the next highest tray in a stack, a retainer (46) extends upwardly from each corner of the central panel (14). Each retainer (46) comprises a pair of vertically spaced corners (48, 50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Ilitch
  • Patent number: 4877609
    Abstract: Single use supports comprising small, plastic three legged stools are known as aid in preventing the cover portions of pizza containers from collapsing onto the pizza being transported or stored in the container. These devices have only limited utility. Proposed herein is a combination serving utensil and container support. This device has a server portion sized and shaped to serve a typical serving slice of pizza, and an upstanding portion which has a vertical dimension which, when the server portion is placed between the pizza and the base portion of the container, approximates the height of the pizza container. The device also includes a handle portion preferably attached to the upper end of the upstanding portion. This handle portion extends substantially parallel to but offset from the server portion and has an upper surface which may include advertising indicia thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventors: Dilman A. Beck, Susan E. Beck
  • Patent number: 4848648
    Abstract: A multi-compartment carton folded from a unitary cardboard blank and including a central partition defined by a pair of generally spaced partition panels. The opposed ends of the partition section incorporate laterally directed glue flaps which adhesively bond to opposed aligned pairs of side walls. The side walls, along each side of the formed compartments, in turn include projecting integral extensions which overlie and bond to each other above and independently of the glue flaps to provide a rigid interlock of the aligned walls and a rigid fixing of the compartments relative to each other. Closures, either unitary with the blank of the carton or as separate lids, close and segregate the defined compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Eisman
  • Patent number: 4821884
    Abstract: In this invention, there is provided a combination of a heat resistant container containing a ready prepared meal and a secondary package providing support for the container and restricting the flow of hot air back to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: General Foods Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Griffin, Peter Kay
  • Patent number: 4819862
    Abstract: A foldable, resilient plate lid of paperboard or the like, having a central panel surrounded by four side panels glued together at overlapping end flap portions to form a continuous skirt which, when open, flares obliquely downwardly from the central panel to encompass the rim of a disposable plate. Opposed rim-receiving slots are formed in at least tow of the side panels. Initially, for gluing, the latter two side panels are folded inwardly under the central panel while the other two panels remain unfolded except for their end flaps, so that upon subsequent opening of the skirt to cover a plate, resilient bias forces urge the initially folded side panels into secure engagement with the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: James River-Norwalk, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond V. Maroszek
  • Patent number: 4813594
    Abstract: This relates to a carton for packaging a product which is to be processed in a microwave. The carton includes a top wall which is hinged to a portion of a rear wall and has a glue flap bonded to a removable portion of a front wall. The carton is formed of a delaminatable web with the top wall having transversely spaced score lines in opposite faces thereof whereby the carton is openable by removing the removable portion of the front wall and then peeling a major portion of the top wall from border portions thereof to open the carton. After the product has been removed, the top wall is swingable into the interior of the carton to form a support platform for the product. The support platform is positioned a predetermined distance above the bottom wall of the carton to provide for a maximum efficiency of the heating of the product within a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Federal Paper Board Co., Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Brown, Frances DeCarlo
  • Patent number: 4804136
    Abstract: A carton having a bottom, end and side walls, and a two part top, the top having slots receiving locking tabs on the side walls for maintaining an interlocking slotted relationship therebetween. The bottom, side and end walls and top parts are integral, formed of one piece of material with the top parts and end walls wider than the width of the bottom, so as to overlie and be supported by the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Grafcor Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Hall
  • Patent number: 4804137
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container for packaging foods and particular frozen foods. The container includes a bottom tray and a like tray which has been inverted and turned 90 degrees to form a lid or cover for the bottom tray.The tray is formed from a thermoplastic coated paperboard blank having a base portion, a plurality of cut and scored lines forming opposing upstanding walls when folded, and bonding panels extending from upper or lower edges of one pair of opposing upstanding walls. A cohesive emulsion is used on the bonding panels to secure the bottom tray to the lid.The substantially identical cover and bottom tray can be made utilizing convential machinery and from various substrates including plastics. Other features of the container include vents for allowing release of pressure during heating and upwardly diverging walls allowing nesting. Another embodiment includes a compartmented container having multiple bottom trays and a single continuous cover unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Inventor: Colin F. Harby
  • Patent number: 4801077
    Abstract: The carton is comprised of a corrugated paperboard tray and a corrugated paperboard cover. The tray has upstanding side wall panels and upstanding end wall panels, the upstanding end wall panels having hand holes for lifting the tray. The cover has a top panel provided with a non-slip surface, trapezoidally configured side wall pane=ls and trapezoidally configured end wall panels. Each of the side wall panels and the end wall panels of the cover are hingedly connected to the top panel by reason of weakened fold lines. The corrugations of the cover extend at right angles to the fold lines for the cover's end wall panels so as to provide a greater degree of deflective resistance to the cover's end wall panels then that imparted to the cover's side wall panels with the consequence that the end wall panels of the cover exert a greater amount of pressure against the end wall panels of the tray than that exerted by the cover's side wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaine Sweatt, III, Stephen E. Moorman
  • Patent number: 4776459
    Abstract: A bakery food package for releasably and securely holding cakes, pies and other baked goods. The package includes a base for supporting the bakery goods and a cover secured to the base. The base has a plurality of circumferentially spaced second locking elements removably engaged with a plurality of first locking elements which are formed on the cover. The cover has a top wall, depending sidewalls and a generally outwardly projecting lower flange. In one preferred embodiment of the package, the second locking element may be generally upwardly and inwardly rotated along a pivotal axis in order to permit portions of the first locking elements to pass therethrough and engage the same. Portions of the outwardly projecting lower skirt of the cover member extend downwardly to resist free relative sliding and rotating movement between the cover member and base. The base may be corrugated board and may be provided with an upper foil layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Package Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Beckerman, Stuart Beckerman, Russell D. Owen
  • Patent number: 4765534
    Abstract: An octagonal carton formed from an integral prescored blank having a bottom wall with at least three side walls attached thereto. An opposite pair of the side walls include diagonal corner wall structures which are foldable with the side walls to form diagonal corner walls. The lid is attached to the third wall and is foldable over the two opposite side walls and secured to a fourth side wall attached to the bottom wall or secured by a wall on the lid edge to the bottom wall to form the fourth side wall. The lid and fourth wall structures include various securing structures to secure the carton when erected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Zion, Richard H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4749097
    Abstract: A thin-walled easily opened container and method of making the same for commercial food products that includes congruent mating and overlapping sections crimped over a cover panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Inventor: Morris Rosman
  • Patent number: 4700843
    Abstract: A food container fabricated from a one piece paperboard blank suitable for packaging pizza pies and the like where the container includes a tear tab which is convertible into a support for maintaining the integrity of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Inventor: Jerome Cohen
  • Patent number: 4687130
    Abstract: A disposable ice, food or beverage carrier which is fabricated of corrugated fiberboard materials. A single piece of bendable corrugated fiberboard is factory die cut and scored in such manner that it may be easily folded into a container assembly for use by picnickers or other persons requiring a temporary insulative container. The score and cut-line designs disclosed yield a highly durable temporary food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Beeler Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Robert J. Beeler
  • Patent number: RE33447
    Abstract: A thin-walled easily opened container and method of making the same for commercial food products that includes congruent mating and overlapping sections crimped over a cover panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Inventor: Morris Rosman