Packaged Or Wrapped Product Patents (Class 426/106)
  • Patent number: 11485120
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for packaging fruits and vegetables by means of a film endowed with specific permeability and light transmittance properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cryovac, LLC
    Inventors: Valeria Vigano', Serena Stracuzzi
  • Patent number: 11479399
    Abstract: There is provided a container that makes it possible to suppress intrusion of bacteria from the tip of a pleat part into the inside of the container. The container includes: a main body that includes a body part defining a containing portion and a flange part extending outward from an upper portion of the body part; and a lid that is joined to the flange part of the main body via an outer edge seal portion so as to cover the containing portion, the lid being formed by a lid member folded back at a fold-back portion such that portions of the lid member overlap each other. The lid has: a pleat part that includes the portions of the lid member overlapping each other and that extends from an edge of one side to an edge of the other side of the lid in a first direction; and a first lid part and a second lid part that are formed by the lid member and that are arranged on opposite sides of the pleat part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Makiko Takahashi, Kaoru Watanabe, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Satoshi Takimoto
  • Patent number: 11304428
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are disclosed for providing a pet food product comprising kibbles and one or more inclusions, such as dried fruits or vegetables. Specifically, the kibble may have one or more shapes to form an interlock, and/or the inclusions are oil-coated to provide for increased density and reduce the density differences between the inclusions and the kibbles, both features are useful for keeping an even distribution of kibbles and inclusions in a package or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Duclos, Kevin Eaton
  • Patent number: 11273627
    Abstract: A semicrystalline copolyester resin composition formed by twin screw extrusion of various ingredients includes copolyester resins, antiblock, slip and antifog additives. This semicrystalline copolyester resin can be extruded on to PET film or coextruded with PET resin to form clear PET films with antifog properties. These films with antifog properties are produced in a single step without the use of solvent and does not involve any secondary step for coating a separate antifog layer. This minimizes the cost and time required by a converter to make such clear antifog films. These films containing the heat seal copolyester resin can be heat sealed to clear APET trays. Contents within the trays, such as food, can be seen without fogging on the inside of the film that is used to seal the tray. The seals are strong and the peels are smooth giving a very good packaging performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Bostik, Inc.
    Inventor: Deepa Puthanparambil
  • Patent number: 11267929
    Abstract: 100% solids polyurethanes having improved physical properties in terms of Shore hardness, tear strength, elongation at break and/or tensile strength are realized through the introduction of 100% solids hydroxyl-functional acrylics in combination with the hydroxyl-functional polyether and 100% solids isocyanate-functional compounds. When an aromatic isocyanate is used, the isocyanate-reactive component includes from 5 to 70% by weight of a hydroxyl-functional polyether having a weight average molecular weight ranging from 180 to 6,500 g/mol, and 30 to 95% by weight of a hydroxyl-functional acrylic. When an aliphatic isocyanate is used, the isocyanate-reactive component includes from 40 to 70% by weight of a hydroxyl-functional polyether having a weight average molecular weight ranging from 180 to 6,500 g/mol, and 30 to 60% by weight of a hydroxyl-functional acrylic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Michael Praw, Micheal Colin May
  • Patent number: 11138216
    Abstract: A unified visualization interface is disclosed. One example is a system including an association module, a multicasting module, a data sharing module, and a unified visualization interface. The association module associates an identified event in a first visualization system with a visualization function. The multicasting module stores event data related to the identified event and the associated visualization function in a shared data source, and multicasts the identified event to a second visualization system. The data sharing module associates the event data with characteristics of the first visualization system, and shares, in response to the multicast of the identified event, the shared data source with the second visualization system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ming C Hao, Michael Hund, Nelson L Chang, Riddhiman Ghosh, Gregory William Cook, Kevin Smathers, Arun Kumar Paruchuri, Renato Keshet
  • Patent number: 10980255
    Abstract: A food preserving method is a method for preserving food using a food film (34A), (34B). The food film (34A), (34B) has a surface which has a plurality of raised portions (34Ap), (34Bp). The two-dimensional size of the plurality of raised portions (34Ap), (34Bp) is in a range of more than 20 nm and less than 500 nm when viewed in a direction normal to the food film (34A), (34B). The method includes bringing the food into direct contact with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Miho Yamada, Kiyoshi Minoura, Takahiro Nakahara, Kouji Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 10899509
    Abstract: Described herein is a glass bottle configured to improve the mechanics of liquid flow and prevent drip initiation. Additionally, the glass bottle eliminates dripping during pouring to enable drip-free pouring. The dripping is prevented over a full range of pouring angles, which vary depending on the amount of liquid held in the glass bottle. A method of making the glass bottle and a method of enabling drip-free pouring using the glass bottle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Perlman
  • Patent number: 10893763
    Abstract: A conventional plate is problematic in that oily juices from barbequed meat on an upper part of a plate run along linearly cut grooves when the plate is tilted, and thus tend to spill off the plate. In the present invention, thirteen raised parts curved in an outer peripheral direction are formed toward a direction of an outer edge from a middle part of the upper surface of a plate, and thus oily juices from barbequed meat that collect on the plate run along the raised parts curved in the outer peripheral direction from the middle part even when the plate is tilted, and can thus be made less likely to spill off the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PORTEARTH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Kitamura, Takuya Oka
  • Patent number: 10743564
    Abstract: The invention provides pseudo-loaf food compositions comprising meat analog chunks and gravy, the gravy comprising a thickener selected from the group consisting of a gum present in the gravy in an amount from about 0.5 to about 3.0% of the gravy by weight, a starch present in the gravy in an amount from about 2.0 to about 9.0% of the gravy by weight, and combinations thereof. The food composition has a moisture content from about 60% to about 74% of the composition by weight and has a loaf-type structure. In an embodiment, the moisture content of the pseudo-loaf food composition is from about 67% to about 74% of the composition by weight. In addition, the invention provides methods of making pseudo-loaf food compositions and also provides blended food compositions comprising one or more pseudo-loaf compositions and one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the pseudo-loaf food compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Michael G. Rayner, Jean Luz Rayner, Rachel Miller
  • Patent number: 10645943
    Abstract: Tea polymerized polyphenol-containing beverages having reduced bitterness and astringency of tea polymerized polyphenols while maintaining tea-like preferable flavors, methods of production thereof, and the like are provided. The content of tea polymerized polyphenols in a beverage is adjusted to within a certain range, the total content of RebM and RebD in the beverage is adjusted to within a certain range, and the weight ratio of the total content of RebD and RebM to the content of the tea polymerized polyphenols is adjusted to within a certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Makoto Nakajima, Yasuyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10494154
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatuses for covering a storage compartment of a receptacle, reducing exposure of items inside the receptacle to the surrounding environment and decreasing the risk of damage or undesirable impacts on the products being transported. The covered receptacle systems, methods and apparatuses not only provide a physical barrier over the exposed opening of the receptacle's storage compartment, but further passively facilitate the removal of the environmental hazards from the receptacle cover, leading the environmental hazard in a direction away from the receptacle. The removal of environmental hazards may be performed by directing the hazard in a direction away from the storage compartment of the receptacle via a downwardly sloping top surface of the receptacle cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Tawfeek Abohammdan, Timothy Ryan Hodges, Megan Baareman
  • Patent number: 10410159
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards embodiments for monitoring or predicting user health with respect their use of connected computers, such as, mobile phones, tablets, or the like. Activities associated with a user and a computing device may be monitored to determine activity events. One or more sub-scores may be provided in real time based on metrics provided as input to sub-score models such that the metrics are associated with the activity events. A health score associated with a probability of an occurrence of adverse user outcomes may be provided based on a health model that uses the sub-scores. An analysis engine may compare the health score to other health scores to predict in real time the adverse outcomes. The analysis engine may recommend one or more actions to decrease the probability of the occurrence of the adverse outcomes based on the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PagerDuty, Inc.
    Inventors: Ophir Ronen, Justin David Kearns, Shawn Christopher Motley, Thomas Dziedzic, Owen Howard Wilson
  • Patent number: 10405566
    Abstract: A container (22) includes an oxygen-sensitive beverage, for example a vitamin C-containing beverage. A closure (40) seals the mouth (28) of container (22). The closure includes an oxygen scavenging structure, for example a closure, which comprises a hydrogen generating means and a catalyst for catalysing a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Adrian John Carmichael, Andrew Elkin, Mark Frost, Steven John Moloney, Andrew Stuart Overend, Steven Burgess Tattum
  • Patent number: 10356984
    Abstract: Provided are methods for growing and shipping sprouts and microgreens in the same container, growing while in shipment using moisture provided in a water-absorbent layer, with optional added beneficials, and including methods for producing sprouts and microgreens for consumption, and for pharmaceutical/nutriceutical use, comprising growth of sprouts in retail-ready containers, the container comprising a moisture-retaining layer of agar media or the like providing water for growth and obviating the need for irrigation during sprout growth. In certain aspects, media is supplemented with beneficial organisms or additives such as probiotic microbes, vitamins (e.g., B12), cofactors, nutrients, and other items (e.g., phytochemicals, natural colors, and antioxidants) which promote the growth of the beneficial microbes on the product, and/or which become incorporated into the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Mansour Samadpour
  • Patent number: 10336529
    Abstract: The present invention is a polyolefin packing container having on the inner surface thereof an olefin resin layer that contains an ethylenebis fatty acid amide, wherein the ethylenebis fatty acid amide is bleeding in the inner surface in an amount of 12.5 to 200 mg/m2. Without using unstable compound such as organic peroxide, the packing container, even when hot-filled with a content, assures very improved content fall-down performance when inverted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Yosuke Akutsu, Takayuki Ishihara, Hiroko Hosono, Keiko Narita
  • Patent number: 10329395
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shrink film containing a copolyester having a minimum crystallization half-time of at least 8.6 minutes and a polyester plasticizer having a weight-average molecular weight of 900 to 12,000 g/mol. The polyester plasticizer includes (i) a polyol component comprising residues of a polyol having 2 to 8 carbon atoms, and (ii) a diacid component comprising residues of a dicarboxylic acid having 4 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Wayne Ken Shih, Kimberley Carmenia Carico, Nancy Ellen Kinkade
  • Patent number: 10239676
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to compositions and film structures suitable for heat seal production. The heat sealable flexible film structure includes: a layer (A) comprising a blend comprising from 35 to 80 percent by weight of the layer (A) of a propylene based plastomer or elastomer (“PBPE”) and from 20 to 65 percent by weight of the layer (A) of a low density polyethylene having a density in the range of from 0.915 g/cm3 to 0.935 g/cm3, wherein the blend has a melt index (as determined according to ASTM D 1238 (at 190° C./2.16 Kg); a layer (B), adjacent to layer (A), comprising a polyolefin-based polymer, wherein the polymer or polymer blend which makes up layer (B) flows more easily than the blend of layer (A) under conditions intended for making a hard seal with the film structure; and an outermost layer (C) comprising a material having a melting point greater than 140° C.; wherein the ratio of the thickness of layer (B) to the thickness of layer (A) is 3:1 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Chuan Yar Lai, Kurt Brunner, Jozef J.i. Van Dun, Nicolas C. Mazzola, Maria Isabel Arroyo Villan
  • Patent number: 10159202
    Abstract: There is provided a medium for plant cultivation comprising an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer chip. An ethylene content of ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer included in the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer chip is preferably 20 to 60 mol %. In addition, a water content in the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer chip is preferably 20 to 300 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer. As a result, it is possible to provide a medium for plant cultivation, which is capable of being used instead of the soil or rock wools, and with which it is possible to sufficiently grow crop plants, to have excellent recyclability, to facilitate a process for disposal the medium, and to have a small environmental burden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyo Nishimura, Takashi Wakui
  • Patent number: 10130108
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for enhancing the product quality and product safety of meat or foodstuffs of animal or vegetable origin by means of selective pressure and temperature treatment. According to the invention, fresh or warm meat of any form is packed in portions using a film container which has recoil abilities and therefore any liquid possibly escaping from the packed product distributes itself uniformly over the surface of the product. The packed portions are then placed in a container-like treatment device which has, mounted on the surfaces coming into contact with the product, a plurality of cushions, tubes or similarly elastic structures to which a pressure and temperature control medium may be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Volker Heinz, Fritz Kortschack
  • Patent number: 9795682
    Abstract: A composite vinegar infused juice blend includes juice blend, including natural fruit and/or vegetable juices; and vinegar composition, including coconut vinegar; and apple cider vinegar. A beetroot based juice blend includes beet juice, carrot juice, apple juice, and water, with equal parts of coconut vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Orange and carrot, mango and sweet potato based juice blends are disclosed. A sweet composite vinegar infused beverage for alleviation or treatment of flu or cold symptoms includes apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar, water, organic honey, and peppermint extract. Also disclosed is a method for alleviation or treatment of flu or cold symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Louise M Smith
  • Patent number: 9757345
    Abstract: Disclosed are nutritional compositions, and methods of using and making the nutritional compositions, that include calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate and protein. The calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate is in sequestered or ion-exchanged form to reduce the interaction of the calcium with the protein in the nutritional composition and improve the overall stability of the nutritional composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Walton, Emily Stepp, Amy Devitt-Maicher, David Wolf, Vikkie Mustad, Jeffrey Baxter, Terrence Mazer, Amy Marchio
  • Patent number: 9725675
    Abstract: A substantially oil- and fat-free single phase, homogenous antioxidant formulation that is readily dispersible in lipid matrices at ambient temperature by gentle stirring. The formulation includes a phenolic antioxidant compound, a liquid carrier, preferably a metal chelator, an emulsifier, and a polarity modifier. In preferred embodiment, a combination of lipid-soluble and water-soluble antioxidant compounds is included to provide an improved antioxidant effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Clifford Adams, Stefaan Van Dyck, Aimee Teunckens, Tom Verleyen
  • Patent number: 9725231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The receptacle comprises bottom piercing means intended for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating at least one entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule according to the invention comprises an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel, Ralf Kamerbeek, Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 9586030
    Abstract: In an assembly of a balloon mounted on a catheter and a stent mounted over the deflated balloon, the balloon is provided with a fugitive plasticizer before the stent is crimped over the balloon. The fugitive plasticizer can soften the balloon surface so that molding of the balloon surface to conform to the crimped stent occurs. The fugitive plasticizer is removed before the assembly is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Raed Rizq, John J. Chen, Stanley Nordin
  • Patent number: 9585411
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a panned confectionery product comprising a chocolate piece having a color adherent coating on a surface of the chocolate piece, wherein the coating comprises a color adherent coating solution selected from the group consisting of a chocolate polish and a confectionery glaze and at least one edible colorant adhered to the coating solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventor: Bradley S. Albert
  • Patent number: 9561894
    Abstract: A package for storing or containing at least one ethylene response manipulation agent such as 1-methylcyclopropene is disclosed. The package can have multiple film layers, but preferably the outer layer comprises a polymer at least partially soluble when contacted with an aqueous media, and the inner layer comprising an ethylene response manipulation agent permeable film structure. Aerosols comprising the ethylene response manipulation agents are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: MirTech, Inc.
    Inventor: Nazir Mir
  • Patent number: 9556305
    Abstract: A non-cytotoxic polyether polyurethane elastomer is made by reacting a polyether triol, polyether diol, and polyether prepolymer terminated with toluene diisocyanate. The reaction is catalyzed with a zinc based catalyst, such as zinc neodecanoate. Silicone oil is also added to the reactants. The polyurethane elastomer is a solid, soft elastomer having a hardness of from 15 Shore 00 to 50 Shore A. The elastomer is particularly suited for use as padding in sleeves, splints and braces where it is in contact with human skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Crosslink Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Kung
  • Patent number: 9554584
    Abstract: Compositions are provided comprising a balance between lysine and essential amino acids and metabolizable energy. The compositions are useful in methods to prevent or treat obesity in an animal without concomitant loss of lean muscle mass. The compositions may also be used in methods to preserve or to cause a gain in lean muscle mass in an animal in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Michael Yamka, Kim Gene Friesen
  • Patent number: 9526370
    Abstract: A container arranged for containing a dosed quantity of a solid product from which a beverage is extractable includes a wall defining a cavity suitable for containing the product, the wall being made of a material that is impermeable to water and oxygen. The container walls contain a cavity suitable for containing the solid product and include a portion having a plurality of holes, the portion being coated by a removable closing element made of a material that is impermeable to water and oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Illycaffe' S.p.A.
    Inventors: Furio Suggi Liverani, Luciano Navarini, Oriana Savonitti
  • Patent number: 9468233
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco system includes a container including a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape and integrity. One or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products are compressed between a lid and a base of the container to hinder movement of the one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products within the container. Each preformed smokeless tobacco product can include a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile. A method of forming and packaging the preformed smokeless tobacco products includes depositing shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into the container and closing the container prior to a relaxation of the shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into preformed smokeless tobacco products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko, James Lindsay Clark, Shannon Maxwell Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Srinivasan Janardhan
  • Patent number: 9463887
    Abstract: A food container (2) includes a rigid thermoformed plastics carton (4) which holds a dry food 6 and is closed by a removable film closure (8). The film (8) incorporates a hydride which is arranged to generate hydrogen on contact with moisture. Additionally, the film (8) is arranged to have relatively high water vapour permeability and relatively low hydrogen gas permeability. In use, water vapour from air surrounding the container (2) passes into the film (8) and reacts with the hydride to generate hydrogen. Due to the relatively low hydrogen permeability of the film (8), the hydrogen is restricted from escaping from the container. Instead, the hydrogen then reacts with any oxygen within the container in a reaction catalysed by a catalyst also associated with the film closure (8), thereby to scavenge oxygen within the container (2) and protect the food (6) from oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ColorMatrix Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian John Carmichael, Mark Frost, Andrew Stuart Overend, Steven Burgess Tattum
  • Patent number: 9434513
    Abstract: Resealable systems for consumer packaging, such as food packaging, are described herein. The system includes one or more anchor points and one or more cling coatings. The anchor points can be introduced into or onto the packaging material during manufacture, such as by co-extrusion. Alternatively, the anchor points can be affixed to the packaging material after manufacture, such as with a pressure sensitive adhesive. The cling coatings can be applied to the packaging material during or after manufacture. For example, the cling coatings can be spot coated or pattern coated onto the desired location. The cling coatings are selective, that is they do not attach to themselves but only attach to the anchor point. The cling coatings transfer little or no material over time resulting in more consistent performance over time than pressure sensitive adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Nulabel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Lux, Ashley M. Mudd, Heidi M. Munnelly
  • Patent number: 9409691
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the production of a self-venting packaging for use in heating a food item in a microwave oven, said packaging comprising a rupturable valve seal (3), said rupturable valve seal comprising an inside-inside seal, creating a weak point on said packaging, suitable to break in case of overpressure inside the packaging, said method comprising the following subsequent steps: providing an open plastic packaging; filling said packaging with a food item; —sealing the plastic packaging to obtain a closed pack via a closing seal with the food item therein ready to be sterilised; heat treating said food item; providing a rupturable valve seal (3) on the pack by ultrasound seal technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles Transpac N.V.
    Inventor: Helmar Utz
  • Patent number: 9334104
    Abstract: A method for producing a beverage using a portion capsule is proposed. The portion capsule includes a capsule body with a capsule base and a cover, a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the cover, and a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base. The filter element includes a non-woven having a felt structure such that no crema is formed on the beverage. The method includes providing the portion capsule in a first method step, perforating the capsule base by means of an external perforation means in a second method step, and at least partially spacing the filter element apart from the capsule base in a third method step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: K-Fee System GMBH
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Patent number: 9320376
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to reusable food covers. Such reusable food covers may be flexible so that they can create a seal with partially consumed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to preserve these foods and extend the time of being suitable and desirable for consumption. Each cover may include a base and a flexible wall formed as a single unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Food Huggers Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Ivankovic, Adrienne McNicholas
  • Patent number: 9289938
    Abstract: A polyethylene terephthalate container having a hydrogen generator and catalyst disposed or otherwise incorporated in components of the container, including the closure, closure insert, label, label glue, and/or any other portions of the final container assembly. In addition, the catalyst and the hydrogen generator can both be located in the same component. Methods for dispersing the hydrogen generator and catalyst in the container wall without affecting clarity are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Offord, Kimberly S. Houchens, Frederick C. Beuerle, Luke A. Mast, Reinhard C. J. Luchies, Terry D. Patcheak
  • Patent number: 9265268
    Abstract: There is provided a method of storing bananas comprising the steps of (a) exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more ethylene-active compound, and (b) after said step (a), exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more cyclopropene compound while said bananas have color stage 2 to 6 on the seven-stage scale, wherein said bananas are kept in a modified-atmosphere package for a time period that includes at least a time interval that lasts for 1 hour, wherein said time interval begins between the conclusion of said step (b) and 72 hours from the conclusion of said step (b), and wherein said modified-atmosphere package is constructed so that the transmission rate of carbon dioxide for the entire package (PCT) is from 2,400 to 120,000 cubic centimeters per day per kilogram of bananas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Nazir Mir, Deirdre Margaret Holcroft, William Nixon James, Jr., Alvaro R. Ureña-Padilla, Bruce Menning
  • Patent number: 9242789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing foil-ripened cheese comprising (i) introducing cheese after brining into a cheese-aging packaging containing an opening for receiving cheese, (ii) closing the packaging, and (iii) ripening the cheese, wherein the cheese-aging packaging comprises a thermoplastic, monolithic film and the closed cheese-aging packaging has a water vapor transmission rate of at least 10 g/m2/24 hours at 10° C. and 85% relative humidity and an oxygen permeability of at most 100 cm3/m2/24 hours/atm at 10° C. and 85% relative humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Marnix Van Gurp, Corstiaan Johannes Hooft, Josien Krijgsman, Alexander Antonius Marie Stroeks
  • Patent number: 9233122
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an agent for suppressing elevation of blood alcohol concentration and a method for suppressing elevation of blood alcohol concentration, the agent and the method enabling prevention of an intoxication state upon drinking and further prevention of hepatic dysfunctions due to drinking such as fatty liver. Provided are an agent for suppressing elevation of blood alcohol concentration, comprising a dextrin as an active ingredient, and a method for suppressing elevation of blood alcohol concentration, comprising, when alcohol is ingested, ingesting 0.5 parts by mass or more of a digestible dextrin and/or an indigestible dextrin relative to 1 part by mass of the ingested alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Shoko Miyazato, Yuka Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 9204658
    Abstract: A process for the production of frozen foods, particularly vegetables or fruits, including the stages of subjecting the food to a slight and slow dehydration, preferably by air convection, to partially eliminate its water content by between approximately 2 and 10% by weight, especially its outermost layer; allowing the food to rest to favor the redistribution of the free water contained therein and subjecting the food, after its packaging, to a rapid convection freezing treatment, either by immersion in an aqueous solution of salts or by the use of liquid nitrogen. In the case of chopped fruits, before the dehydration stage the portions are sprayed with an antioxidant product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jose Maria Nacenta Anmella
  • Patent number: 9181011
    Abstract: Described are dough packages and packaged dough products, wherein the package includes microvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: David J Domingues, Claire Thurbush, David A. Kirk, Todd Purkey
  • Patent number: 9028899
    Abstract: The present invention provides a food preservation system that includes an absorbent food pad that has absorbent material to absorb exuded liquids from a food product, and has an oxygen scavenging system to modify the atmosphere in the food package. Also described is a method of using the absorbent food pad to enhance appearance of the food product and extend shelf life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Marc D. Etchells, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20150125575
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, the invention relates to an article having a liquid-impregnated surface. The surface includes a matrix of solid features (e.g., non-toxic and/or edible features) spaced sufficiently close to stably contain a liquid therebetween or therewithin, wherein the liquid is non-toxic and/or edible. The article may contain, for example, a food or other consumer product, such as ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan David Smith, Rajeev Dhiman, Adam T. Paxson, Christopher J. Love, Brian R. Solomon, Kripa K. Varanasi
  • Publication number: 20150125574
    Abstract: A flexible container formed of first and second flexible materials, which may be laminates. The flexible materials can include a gas barrier layer. The gas barrier properties may be selected so as to be adequate for short shelf-life products or fluent products having low susceptibility to dissolving or water loss. Association of destination indicia with at least one flexible material of which a flexible container is to be assembled, prior to, during, or subsequent to assembly and/or filling of a product volume of the flexible container facilitates timely sorting and delivery of the flexible container to an intended destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Lee Mathew ARENT, Scott Kendyl STANLEY, Marc Richard BOURGEOIS, Charles John BERG, JR.
  • Patent number: 9023410
    Abstract: Methods and systems for grouping, recovering, and processing ice and water derived therefrom obtained from an ice source, i.e., a glacier, ice sheet, ice cap, etc., are described herein, and in particular, the conveyance thereof in a non-rigid, water-impermeable device, to facilitate water derived from the ice, having specific characteristics, to be traded, stored, conveyed, or transported according to its specific characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Allen Szydlowski, Ian Szydlowski, Juan Carlos Szydlowski
  • Patent number: 9023411
    Abstract: A package for ready-prepared foods which comprises a dish adapted to contain food, said dish containing a rim flange, and a lid, heat-sealed to the rim flange, wherein the rim flange is provided with a plurality of ridges which extend around substantially the entire periphery of the dish defining a space between said ridges, said space being divided into a plurality of transverse ridges which extend across the space forming a plurality of sealing compartments which substantially eliminate sealing leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Stora Enso Oyj
    Inventors: Päivi Määttä, Tapani Sarin, Timo Myllys, Jalliina Järvinen, Teemu Karhu
  • Publication number: 20150118366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a closure liner composition comprising a mixture (or blend) of a thermoplastic polymer, an oxygen barrier polymer, and a particulate oxygen scavenging material. The oxygen barrier polymer preferably comprises polyisobutylene. The particulate oxygen scavenging material preferably is selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal salt of sulfite, ascorbate, isoascorbate, and a mixture of two or more of these materials. The closure liner composition may be used to fabricate a liner for a closure (e.g., a metal crown used to cap a bottle) that provides superior oxygen reduction properties and improved shelf life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: W.R. Grase S.A.
    Inventors: Beryl Bonnel, Estelle Bricout
  • Publication number: 20150079239
    Abstract: The flanged container for a dairy product or similar food composition is provided with a hollow body and a generally planar annular flange connected to the top of the body, the flange having outer straight side edges and an inner edge defining a circular upper opening of the container. The body has a planar bottom and a lower portion tapering from a generally cylindrical upper portion toward the bottom in a curved manner. The lower portion has a height h1 in some embodiments not less than 14 mm and the ratio h1/H is less than 2:5 where H is the height of the container. The side wall of the body has a thickness profile such that the average thickness of the lower portion is more than the average thickness of the upper portion. Several identical containers can be grouped in a pack with breakable junctions at the outer straight side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Vincent Ferry
  • Patent number: 8980306
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of enhancing milk production by a ruminant that includes providing a feed that contains sorbitol and at least one additional feed component, and orally feeding the feed to the ruminant, the ruminant ingesting about 100 grams, or less, of sorbitol per day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindie M. Luhman