Having Specific Electrical Or Wave Energy Feature Patents (Class 426/107)
  • Patent number: 10233009
    Abstract: The objective is to provide a container for microwave oven and a package for microwave oven in which a clearance which is formed between a flanged portion and a lid material and a content may enter is made narrower while maintaining automatic vapor discharge function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ishikawa, Tomohiro Yuhara
  • Patent number: 10023360
    Abstract: The present invention aims at dissolving hydrogen gas in a liquid and maintaining the solubility of the hydrogen gas in the liquid at a high state. A sealing bag 1 that dissolves hydrogen gas in a liquid by being put into the liquid includes a hydrogen permeable film that can permeate hydrogen gas that is sealed and filled in the sealing bag to outside. By sinking this sealing bag 1 into the liquid in advance, the hydrogen gas that is permeated through the hydrogen permeable film is dissolved in the liquid. Furthermore, since the hydrogen gas is continuously permeated little by little through the hydrogen permeable film, the solubility of the hydrogen in the liquid can be maintained at a high state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: Hirakimirai Co. Ltd., Kyowa Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen Shih Chang, Naoyuki Yada
  • Patent number: 9440780
    Abstract: A container includes a sleeve, a first end closure, and a second end closure. The first end closure closes off a first end of the sleeve and the second end closes off an opposite second end of the sleeve. The sleeve and end closures cooperate to define an interior region therebetween that receives products therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jau-Ming Su, Charisa Sofian, Paul Z Wolak
  • Patent number: 9380793
    Abstract: An artificial food casing includes a marking with a traceability code, wherein the marking includes an ultraviolet-detectable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ViskoTeepak Belgium NV
    Inventors: Pierre Wielockx, Johan Quinten, Jo Maes
  • Patent number: 9382028
    Abstract: The present invention describes both a stretch-blow-molded opaque polyester container and a method of making it. The container, typically a beverage bottle has less than 15% transmission of visible light (500 nm) through a 0.4 millimeter wall thickness. It contains from about 0.1 to about 5 wt. % of said opacifying material. The opacifying material may be any material compatible with polyester resin. The method of making the container includes introducing the opacifying material during polymerization, or prepared as a master batch for mixing with the polymer. Selection of certain opacifying materials can also result in favorable reheat properties, gas permeation-barrier improvements, and when the resin contains both opacifying material and oxygen scavenger there can be a synergistic effect with respect to CO2 permeation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Invista North America S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Scantlebury, Zhenguo Liu, Xiaoyan Huang
  • Patent number: 9192263
    Abstract: A food toasting device comprising a pouch and optionally, a handle. A method of using the food toasting device comprising placing a desired quantity of a food product, such as nuts, in the pouch of the food toasting device, placing the food toasting device into an appliance for heating, turning on the appliance so that the food product is exposed to the desired amount of heat, waiting until the food product is sufficiently toasted, and removing the food toasting device containing the food product from the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Netcentrics Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Howard Hering, John Robert Dixon, Robert John Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9109962
    Abstract: To provide an electromagnetic wave radiation detection member, an electromagnetic wave radiation detection method, and a device including the electromagnetic wave radiation detection member that make it possible to determine whether an object to be detected has been heated by electromagnetic wave radiation by a microwave oven or the like. One embodiment includes a detection material 1 containing liquid and discoloring a substance to be attached to which the detection material adheres, and a bag 2 including the detection material 1 therein and from which the liquid flows out due to radiation of electromagnetic waves. Accordingly, the substance to be attached is discolored due to electromagnetic wave radiation, thereby making it possible to determine whether the electromagnetic waves have been radiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: LENOVO INNOVATIONS LIMITED (HONG KONG)
    Inventor: Takayuki Kagami
  • Patent number: 9066375
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct comprises a first panel and a second panel, each comprising a microwave energy interactive material. The panels are partially joined to one another in an opposed, facing relationship such that an unjoined area is defined between the first panel and the second panel. The unjoined area is in communication with an open peripheral edge of the construct. The first panel includes an aperture in communication. With the unjoined area between the first panel and the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence P. Lafferty
  • Patent number: 9000339
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a first side wall and a second side wall opposite one another and a food-supporting panel extending between the first side wall and the second side wall. The first side wall includes a movable portion for being positioned over the food-supporting panel. The food-supporting panel and/or the movable portion of the first side wall may include microwave energy interactive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley J. Burke
  • Patent number: 8993944
    Abstract: Packaging and a dessert food product combines a hot portion and a cold portion. In one embodiment, the dessert combines hot pie with a topping of ice cream in a single package. In one aspect of the invention, the microwaveable food product and package incorporates a food package that simultaneously includes various susceptor films that allow for differential heating of food. The susceptor film(s) shield the cold-portion food products from being heated in the microwave while they provide even heating of the hot portion of the product. The packaging provides a quick, convenient and tasty dessert with minimal effort. In another aspect of the present invention, the pie and ice cream formulation has been optimized to maintain superior flavor and texture properties after freezing and microwave reheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Animequom Adams, Hunter Gartner, John Partridge, Janice Harte, Keith Emery
  • Patent number: 8993018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule for the preparation of a beverage. The capsule includes first and second covering walls connected at a peripheral seam for forming a cavity containing a beverage ingredient, and a contactless element for identifying the capsule by detecting means of a beverage producing device. The identifying element is oriented along its longer dimension substantially orthogonally relative to the transversal plane passing along the seam of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Bucher, Alessandro Brazzola, Alexandre Kollep, André Jung
  • Patent number: 8967381
    Abstract: A snack holder includes a generally frustoconical or cone shaped upper cup section and a frustoconical or cone shaped lower support section with the upper section having a circular lower base panel in opposed relation to and adhesively attached to a circular top support panel of the lower support section and wherein the radius of the upper section lower base panel has a greater radius than the circular top support panel of the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph D. Cassese, James Hicswa
  • Patent number: 8963061
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct has a platform including microwave energy interactive material and a plurality of venting features. The venting features include a plurality of tabs that are urged out of the plane of the platform to define an aperture. The tabs are disposed beneath the platform to define a void in communication with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence M. C. Lai
  • Publication number: 20140328978
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a kit of parts comprising a cooking bag for storing food to be cooked in a microwave oven, the cooking bag having a cooking bag opening, and a pressure release closure device, configured for restricting the cooking bag opening when attaching the pressure release closure device at the exterior of the cooking bag thereby contracting the cooking bag opening so as to establish a steam conduit whereby gas pressure in the cooking bag may be released from the cooking bag during cooking in a microwave oven. Further the present invention relates to a pressure release closure device and a method of preparing food using a pressure release closure device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Hiroko Shimada-Kreft, Hock Seng Gordon Soh, Cagdas Celik
  • Patent number: 8877271
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventor: Laurence D. Bell
  • Patent number: 8866054
    Abstract: A microwave energy interactive heating sheet includes at least two layers of microwave energy interactive insulating material joined to one another, where each layer includes microwave energy interactive material supported on a first polymer film layer, a support layer joined to the microwave energy interactive material, and a second polymer film layer joined to the support layer in a predetermined pattern, so that a plurality of expandable cells are defined between the support layer and the second polymer film layer. The expandable cells are operative for inflating upon sufficient exposure to microwave energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Lorin R Cole, Scott W. Middleton, Richard G. Robison
  • Patent number: 8821950
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovative packaging for microwave preparation of expandable food, such as cookies, an innovative food product prepared from the packaging and the method of preparation thereof. The innovative packaging includes first and second susceptor sheet portions each having an accordion-like shape; one or more members for spacing the susceptor sheet portions at a predetermined distance; and an expandable uncooked food placed between the two susceptor sheets, wherein the food is in intimate contact with sheet portions and becomes efficiently browned and crisped during microwave cooking. The food is preferably a cookie dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Urban Nilsson, Deborah Belser
  • 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: 8803050
    Abstract: A tray for heating, browning, and/or crisping a food item in a microwave oven includes a substantially planar base, a platform extending upwardly from the base, and a microwave energy interactive element overlying at least a portion of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Patrick H. Wnek
  • Patent number: 8785826
    Abstract: A construct for heating a food item in a microwave oven includes a base, a wall extending upwardly from the base, a microwave energy shielding element overlying at least a portion of the wall, and a microwave energy diffusing element circumscribed by the microwave energy shielding element. The microwave energy diffusing element includes a plurality of microwave energy reflective elements within a microwave energy transparent area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence M. C. Lai, Neilson Zeng, Bing Liu
  • Patent number: 8784917
    Abstract: The invention concerns a new food product (1) in the form of a meal comprising food (4) and a sauce (5), intended to be mixed for consumption of the meal, in closed packaging (1) comprising a container (2) in which the food (4) is placed and a lid (3) in which the sauce (5) is placed, the sauce being separated from the food by a seal (7) which closes off the part of the lid (3) facing the food (4) characterized in that the container (2) comprises a mechanism (11) to tear the seal (7) when the lid (3) is turned concurrently to the container (2) between a pre-tearing position of the seal (7) and a tearing position of the seal (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Claude Sebban
  • Patent number: 8778429
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is shown for preparing liquid egg products, for example pure egg whites, whole eggs and egg products either alone or mixed with spices, vegetables or other ingredients, in a microwave oven. The container for preparing the liquid egg products is relatively inexpensive and disposable. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method is provided for preparing liquid egg products in a disposable, microwavable container in which the liquid egg product expands while cooking and partially removes the lid of the container to create a delicious meal of properly cooked, fresh egg product, that are ready for consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Eggology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad M. Halpern
  • Patent number: 8759729
    Abstract: A method of delivering energy to an object in a cavity may include transmitting electromagnetic energy to the cavity at a plurality of frequencies. At each of the plurality of frequencies, the method may also include determining an efficiency of energy transfer into the object and adjusting power transmitted at each of the plurality of frequencies such that a multiplicative product of the efficiency and the power transmitted is substantially constant across each of the plurality of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Goji Limited
    Inventors: Eran Ben-Shmuel, Alexander Bilchinsky
  • Publication number: 20140154367
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave popcorn articles comprising any conventional microwave popcorn bag, and a food charge disposed therein comprising kernel popcorn, an edible oil or fat, and a flavoring container containing a heat-sensitive flavoring. During popping, the flavoring container is maintained at relatively low heat and opens during process to provide flavoring to the popping corn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Young Kang
  • Patent number: 8735786
    Abstract: A microwave popcorn package includes a flexible bag construction reinforced with a sidewall construction. The package is such that the flexible bag construction and the sidewall construction are expandable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. After the package is opened, the sidewall construction provides for a vertically rigid sidewall to provide a stand up bowl for access to the popped popcorn. The flexible bag construction may be fabricated from a generally transparent material so that the contents of the bag are visible when the package is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Thomas Gorman, David W. France, Clifton Lachmansingh, Paul John Warosh
  • Patent number: 8729437
    Abstract: A microwave popcorn package is provided. The preferred package includes a flexible bag construction reinforced with a sidewall construction. The package is such that the flexible bag construction and the sidewall construction are selectively expandable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. After the package is opened, the sidewall construction provides for a rigid sidewall to provide a stand up bowl for access to the popped popcorn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Con Agra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Thomas Gorman, Paul John Warosh
  • Publication number: 20140113036
    Abstract: Microwaveable packages having composite susceptors and methods for using same are provided. In a general embodiment, composite susceptors for cooking microwaveable foods (12, 14) in a microwave oven are provided. The composite susceptors may include, for example, a first layer that is a standard microwave susceptor (30) and a second layer (32) comprising mobile charges, wherein the second layer is at least substantially metal free. The second layer comprising mobile charges can both shield the standard susceptor from microwaves, and act as a conductor to increase the conductivity of the standard susceptor. The composite susceptors of the present disclosure provide improved surface heating patterns that are similar to surface heating patterns of conventional ovens, while also providing the benefits of microwave cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Johannes Erle
  • Patent number: 8696854
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing self supporting container parts, such as dishes or covers, for containers for foodstuffs to be treated in a microwave oven, said containers each comprising at least one compartment for receiving the foodstuffs, along at least part of the circumferential surface of which compartment a microwave-radiation influencing material layer is provided in the wall of at least one associated container part, comprising the steps of providing a multilayer foil comprising said microwave radiation-influencing material layer and at least one material layer that does not influence microwave radiation, which is bonded thereto on at least one side of the microwave radiation-influencing material layer, bonding one side of the multilayer foil to a remaining portion of the container part in question, in such a manner that the material layer of the multilayer foil that does not influence microwave radiation is present on a free surface of the container part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Winstore Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Johannes Maria van de Weijer, Maurits Simon Johannes Maria Driessen
  • Patent number: 8680447
    Abstract: Microwaveable popcorn arrangements are provided, the arrangement being a bag having a popcorn charge of popcorn kernels and oil/fat component therein. The arrangements include folded bags having preferred, internal, seal and/or adhesive field configurations. The preferred configurations inhibit the undesired flow of oil/fat from the popcorn charge. Microwave popcorn products and methods of preparation and use, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM. Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Craig Jackson, Denise Ellen Hanson, Charles Thomas Gorman, Matthew Roth, Paul John Warosh, Lance Schilmoeller, Jody Shands
  • Patent number: 8680448
    Abstract: A tray for heating, browning, and/or crisping a food item in a microwave oven includes a substantially planar base, a platform extending upwardly from the base, and a microwave energy interactive element overlying at least a portion of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Terrence P. Lafferty, Matthew Sundquist
  • Publication number: 20140065265
    Abstract: An improved package for heating dry food products is provided. The present invention allows a dry food product to be heated in a microwave oven. The package has barrier properties and at least a portion of an outer surface that is water absorbent, so that the food package may be wetted prior to being heated in the microwave in order to prevent burning of the food products inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David LESTAGE, Joseph Paul Sagel, Susan Tanner
  • Patent number: 8658952
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct comprises a first panel and a second panel, each comprising a microwave energy interactive material. The panels are partially joined to one another in an opposed, facing relationship such that an unjoined area is defined between the first panel and the second panel. The unjoined area is in communication with an open peripheral edge of the construct. The first panel includes an aperture in communication with the unjoined area between the first panel and the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence P. Lafferty
  • Publication number: 20140044840
    Abstract: A microwaveable popcorn container may be fashioned from glassine or similar materials to provide a susceptor-free, biodegradable, and/or compostable container for cooking microwave popcorn. The material of the container may be translucent in order to advantageously permit inspection of contents during cooking, as well as evaluation of the completeness of kernel popping after microwaving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Justin Coulter Lewis, Kristine Homes Lewis
  • Patent number: 8642145
    Abstract: A method reclaims metalized polymer film or mixtures containing metal and/or metal alloys into a metal-containing, polymeric film. The resulting film structure has better oxygen and moisture barrier properties when metalized than plain metalized polymer films. The polymer to be reclaimed, originates in sheet form, and is densified, as by shredding, pelletizing and/or re-extruding into fine particulate form such as chips or pellets. The reclaimed polymeric film can be used, in a range of concentrations, to produce biaxially oriented polyester film for metalizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas James Bower, Larissa Marie Peguero
  • Patent number: 8632831
    Abstract: Shelf stable microwave dessert packaged food products for individual servings comprise a novel, shielded packaging or container including a microwave shielded cup; a shelf-stable ready-to-heat uncooked product disposed within the cup, a modified low oxygen atmosphere in the headspace above the batter, and a peelably removable, low gas permeability sealing membrane. The articles provide high preparation abuse tolerance notwithstanding the low, controlled portion quantities (100 calorie) of batter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Perry, Joanne J. Garbe, Peter S. Pesheck
  • Patent number: 8610039
    Abstract: A vent assembly includes a bag construction configured to contain a food product such as a popcorn charge. The bag construction is formed of at least one sheet of polyester film material and configured to expand from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration when the food product is heated in a microwave oven. The vent assembly includes a first portion of the bag construction and a second portion of the bag construction that is configured to be folded against the first portion. The second portion includes a venting structure formed in the sheet of polyester material. An adhesive is applied to at least one of the first portion or the second portion. The adhesive is configured to adhere the first portion to the second portion so that the vent is at least partially sealed while the bag construction is in the collapsed configuration and to release the first portion from the second portion as the bag construction expands to the expanded configuration to allow the vent to at least partially open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. France, Charles Thomas Gorman, Clifton Lachmansingh, Paul John Warosh, Steven P. Swanlund
  • Patent number: 8604401
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct for preparing a food item having a periphery that is desirably browned and/or crisped includes a substantially planar base and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from a periphery of the base. The base and side walls define an interior space for receiving the food item. The base includes a plurality of movable portions for being moved out of the plane of the base into the interior space towards the periphery of the food item. A microwave energy interactive material may be joined to at least a portion of the base including the movable portions. The microwave energy interactive material may be operative for converting at least a portion of impinging microwave energy into heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorin R. Cole
  • Patent number: 8604400
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct comprises a plurality of heating regions including a first heating region and a second heating region, the first heating region comprising a first layer of microwave energy interactive material, and the second heating region comprising the first layer of microwave energy interactive material and a second layer of microwave energy interactive material, wherein the second heating region is operative for heating, browning, and/or crisping an adjacent food item to a greater extent than the first heating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorin R. Cole
  • Publication number: 20130323369
    Abstract: The present invention is a compact microwavable bag that includes a base bag that includes a top, a front side, a pair of sides, a bottom and an interior portion and a sealing strip that is disposed on the top of the base bag and utilizes a reclosable tongue and groove fastener to place one or more food items into the interior portion of the base bag. The compact microwavable bag also includes a venting aperture that releases steam that forms during microwaving the compact microwavable bag and one or more compartments that contain the one or more foods that are heated or cooked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Rand Peterman
  • Publication number: 20130302475
    Abstract: A packaged food product includes a bottom receptacle having a lower portion defining an interior and an upper portion extending about the upper periphery of the interior; a food product provided within the interior; a top film sealed to the upper portion of the bottom receptacle via a seal portion extending substantially along the upper periphery of the interior and comprising at least one substantially straight side. The seal portion may be configured to release steam at approximately the midpoint of the substantially straight side of the seal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: The Hillshire Brands Company
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Chichowski, Jeffrey A. Czarny
  • Patent number: 8574650
    Abstract: Food packaging of the present invention is particularly adapted for microwave, conventional oven, stove top and boiler cooking techniques and includes an integral pocket or trap compartment for receiving fluids created by the cooking process, such as grease. Embodiments include a compartment for cooking food products therein with the addition of water or other fluids, wherein the water or other fluids are drained from the food products and removed from the food packaging after cooking the food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Turover Straws Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Turover, Antim G. Straus
  • Publication number: 20130273213
    Abstract: Packaging for facilitating microwave heating arranged to contain a food product up to a fill level within the packaging. The packaging includes a first metallic microwave active component, extending above and below the fill level. The first metallic microwave active component has portions arranged below the fill level and above a base level which allow for a microwave heating of the food contained in the packaging between the fill level and the base level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Sidi CHOUIKHI
  • Patent number: 8512780
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventors: Laurence D. Bell, David G. Schanzer, Brian J. Westcott
  • Patent number: 8492689
    Abstract: A pre-packaged microwavable food having a steam emitting source integral to the package permitting preparation of the food product in a broad range of microwave ovens. A food product is placed into a package. A steam emitting source is placed in porous communication with the food product inside the package. When the package is heated, steam blankets the food product. Steam has a positive effect on cooking performance and cooking time. The steam emitting source can be made from an absorbent material or a gel. The food product can be a half-product, pellet, or other microwavable food or snack product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Dewayne Rodgers, Thomas Anthony Trezza, Kevin Matthew Trick
  • Patent number: 8481096
    Abstract: Improved shelf stable microwave dessert packaged food products for individual servings comprise a cup; a shelf-stable ready-to-heat uncooked microwave bakeable foam product disposed within the cup, and a peelably removable, low gas permeability sealing membrane. The improvements reside in important part in selecting shelf stable food products embodiments having a pH of ?6 and additionally comprising dried or gelled blue or purple inclusions such as natural or artificial blueberries dispersed within the foam. These inclusions can be colored with natural anthocyanin or artificial Lake pigments. Surprisingly, when the foam has a pH of about 6 or lower, the dried or gelled blue or purple inclusions exhibit color stability for extended times even though the foams are stored at room temperatures. The articles provide high quality finished expanded blue or purple inclusion containing baked dessert goods by microwave cooking and expansion of the foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Lisa Kopas-Lane
  • Publication number: 20130171300
    Abstract: An ovenable cooking apparatus for facilitating the cooking of food components while maintaining the separateness thereof may include a first container for holding a first food component, and a second container for holding a second food component. The separation of the first food component from the second food component maintains the surface area for the first and second food components to facilitate heating of the first and second food components. The first food component may have a liquid based content for producing steam when heated, and one or both of the first container and the second container may define a passage for providing airflow and steam flow for contacting the second container and/or the second foodstuff and heating or steaming the second food component. Additionally, the second container may be steam impermeable for cooking bread and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventor: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130171301
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a movable portion defined at least partially by lines of disruption extending between adjacent edges of the bottom panel. The movable portion is adapted to be moved towards the interior space for maintaining a food item in an elevated position within the construct. A susceptor or other microwave energy interactive element may be joined to the movable portion to enhance heating, browning, and/or crisping of the food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8471184
    Abstract: Various blanks and constructs formed therefrom are provided. The various constructs include features for supporting a food item at an elevated position to enhance the heating, browning, and/or crisping of the food item in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20130153577
    Abstract: A steam-ventable package includes a container formed to include an interior region and a mouth opening into the interior region and a closure coupled to the container to close the mouth. The closure is made from a peelable film coupled to a brim included in the container and configured to be removed from the brim in response to application of shear force applied to the peelable film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: BERRY PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jau-Ming Su, Charisa Sofian, Paul Wolak
  • Patent number: 8461499
    Abstract: A microwavable material having a structure that may be used to enhance the browning and crisping, and thus improve the taste and appearance, of a food item cooked therein. The material may be in the form of a sheet material or formed as a container such as a bag, pouch, or other suitable structure. The material may have one or more features that help bring the material into close contact with the food item and help conform the bag around the food item. Furthermore, the material may have a structure that avoids substantial contact with liquid released by a food item, may have a venting system suitable for the exiting of moisture, may have a coating, a transparent surface, and when formed as a container, may have a gusseted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Dorsey, Kara L. Harl