Having Telescoping Feature To Increase Or Decrease Package Dimension Or Having Packaging Structure Cooperating With Food Expansion Patents (Class 426/111)
  • Patent number: 10099849
    Abstract: A capsule for making beverages, containing a powdered food substance which can be extracted by passing hot water through it, the capsule (1) comprising a cup-shaped containment body (3) which inside it forms a chamber (2) for housing (16) the powdered food substance, and which comprises a bottom portion (7) through which, in use, hot water can be fed into the capsule (1), and a lateral wall (4) connected to the bottom portion (7) and forming an access opening for accessing the chamber (2), and a closing element (9) fixed to the lateral wall (4) at the access opening for closing it, and through which, in use, the beverage can come out of the chamber (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CAFFITALY SYSTEM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Accursi
  • Patent number: 9687800
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for carrying out a chemical reaction in a reactor, at least one substance is present in a container that is closed in a gas-tight manner, is introduced into the reactor in said container and is released by breaking open the container. The container is designed such that it breaks open when a specified bursting pressure difference between the internal pressure and external pressure is exceeded. The container is broken open and the substance located in the container is thus released as a result of deliberate application in the reactor of a pressure difference exceeding the bursting pressure difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Chemspeed Technologies AG
    Inventors: Rolf Gueller, Daniel Juchli, Michael Schneider, Annie Schnyder
  • Patent number: 9284092
    Abstract: Container (1) of plastic material, comprising a body (5) and a bottom (6), the bottom (6) having an annular outer seat (8) defining a principal seating plane (9) for the container (1), and a deformable membrane (10) that extends radially inside the annular outer seat (8) and is arranged to be able to adopt two configurations: a retracted configuration, in which the membrane (10) extends axially above the principal seating plane (9); a deployed configuration, in which the membrane (10) comprises an annular inner seat (14) in the form of an annular bead projecting towards the exterior of the container (1), which extends axially beneath the principal seating plane (9) and defines a secondary seating plane (15), the bottom (6) comprising a series of hollow reserves (20) in the annular inner seat (15) [sic], which form local discontinuities of the secondary seating plane (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Publication number: 20150034661
    Abstract: Packaging containing an amount of a consumable (e.g. an at least partially dehydrated foodstuff), the packaging comprising: a container comprising an opening; and a closure (e.g. an airtight seal) closing the opening; wherein the container and the closure define a cavity having a first volume; the consumable is located in the cavity; the container is expandable such that the container may be expanded (e.g. due to the elasticity of the container) to be able to contain a second volume; and the second volume is greater than the first volume. The consumable may be to be combined with an amount of liquid, and the second volume may be greater than or equal to a volume occupied by the combination of the amount of the consumable and the amount of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Helen Cooper, Gavin Cooper
  • Patent number: 8887942
    Abstract: A collapsible drinking cup assembly having a plurality of annular ring segments each flexibly coupled together, end-to-end. An upper drinking lip segment of the ring segments includes an interior and exterior sidewall such that the drinking lip segment tapers inwardly from a lower base portion to an annular upper distal edge thereof. A support floor of the cup apparatus includes an annular bottom flange extending radially beyond an exterior wall of the bottom ring segment. Atop lid member extends over an opening into the cup apparatus, and includes a pair of opposed, inner and outer contact walls that collectively define an annular receiving groove therebetween. The cup apparatus can be expanded from a collapsed position to an expanded position when both the annular bottom flange and the lid member are radially gripped and axially pulled apart longitudinally thereof before separation of the lid member from the drinking lip segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Humangear, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Miksovsky, Clint N. Slone
  • 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: 8727204
    Abstract: A package for holding a food product. The package comprises a carton comprising a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least two side panels. A tear feature extends at least partially across the plurality of panels for at least partially separating the carton into an upper portion and a lower portion. The package also comprises a liner disposed in the interior of the carton. The liner comprises an expandable region proximate to the tear feature of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley J. Burke
  • Publication number: 20140072675
    Abstract: A cartridge comprising a cup-shaped body having a base, a peripheral side wall and an open top with a lid attached to the cup-shaped body to define a container volume. The lid being pierceable to accommodate an inflow of an aqueous medium. A filter being located within the container volume to divide the container volume into an ingredient chamber volume and a filtrate volume. The base being pierceable to accommodate an outflow from the filtrate volume. The peripheral side wall comprising a plurality of flutes that define a plurality of filtrate channels configured to direct beverage flow downwards. The cup-shaped body being configured to be laterally expandable in use when aqueous medium at a temperature of at least 85° C. and a pressure of at least 20 KPa is introduced into the container volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Richard Thomas Norton, Nick Andrew Hansen, Geoffrey York
  • Publication number: 20130323356
    Abstract: A packaging container is provided, which is configured such that a plurality of food pieces are contained in anteroposteriorly overlapping relation in a plurality of rows, and satisfies requirements for the compactness of the container and the pick-out easiness for picking out each of the food pieces. In a packaging container (A) having a slidable configuration, chewing gum pieces (40) (food strips) can be contained upright in side-by-side relation in a front chamber (L) and in a rear chamber (B) located behind the front chamber (L). The rear chamber (B) is combined with the front chamber (L) so as to be slidable upward with respect to the front chamber (L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: LOTTE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Onogi, Kaori Horie, Mitsuko Ogaki
  • Patent number: 8529974
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes an outer cup, an inner cup located inside the outer cup, and a seal covering the container. The inner cup includes a base and a plurality of concentric sections that are configured to collapse toward an opening in the container, when a force is exerted toward the opening on the base. The plurality of concentric sections may include three concentric sections: a base section, a middle section, and a top section, wherein the base section perimeter is smaller than the middle section perimeter, and the middle section perimeter is smaller than the top section perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: PepsiCo., Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Ortiz, Jason Billig, Stuart Leslie
  • Publication number: 20130171302
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trans fat replacement system and a composition comprising a composition of an expanded, low-density carbohydrate and at least one edible oil wherein the expanded, low-density carbohydrate modifies the rheology of the at least one edible oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Troy Bierbaum, Jennifer Folstad, Dharma Kodali, Philip K. Zietlow
  • Publication number: 20130048779
    Abstract: In-shell peanuts are used in a famine relief product, especially inside balloons and balloon-launching delivery systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Mary E. Goulet
  • Publication number: 20130040021
    Abstract: A capsule for making a drink comprises a cup-shaped main body (6) forming a housing chamber (7) containing a powdered or liquid substance (2). The main body (6) comprises a bottom wall (8) and a lateral wall (9) which has a lower portion (10) connected to the bottom wall (8) and an upper portion (11) delimiting an opening which is closed by a cover element (17). The capsule also comprises lengthening means (18) which, following an increase in the capsule (1) internal pressure, allow a movement away from the cover element (17) by the lower portion (10) of the lateral wall (9) and the bottom wall (8) connected to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: COFFEE STAR S.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Digiuni
  • Patent number: 8161868
    Abstract: A rigid filter for capsules suitable for extracting beverages, comprising a flat body having a plurality of through filtering holes, which are sized so as to block the passage of solid particles and allow passage of brewed water or beverage, wherein the holes have a substantially symmetrical shape with respect to the middle plane of the flat body, so that the filter can be inserted into a capsule without taking care of the orientation of such holes with respect to the powdered substance within the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Illycaffe' S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Bolzicco, Luca Mastropasqua, Frans Van Eeden, Bruno Dellapietra
  • Patent number: 8124919
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the invention is a single ply paper product comprising a paper substrate having a first surface and a second surface and comprising a web of fibers sufficiently refined to have a Canadian Standard Freeness value of greater than about 100 cm3 according to TAPPI standard test T 227, and having a weight of between about 20 lbs./3,000 ft.2 and about 45 lbs./3,000 ft.2; and a fluorochemical in an amount of at least 800 parts per million. In another embodiment, the invention is a method for processing a single ply paper product comprising the steps of folding a single ply paper product into a container. Processing of the single ply paper product includes at least one of folding, creasing, applying adhesive, applying a susceptor patch, and heat sealing. In another embodiment, the invention is an article comprising a single ply paper product and a charge of oil and popcorn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Wausau Paper Mills LLC
    Inventor: Thomas R. Trochlil
  • Patent number: 8101219
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided 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: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Eggology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad M. Halpern
  • Publication number: 20110311688
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging for products (such as fresh red meat) that are enclosed between a support member and a film in such a manner that the film can be peelably removed from the support member. More specifically, the presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging wherein the support member is collapsible to allow the product to contact the film at any desired time, such as the time of retail display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: CRYOVAC, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Becraft, Joseph E. Owensby, Blake E. Coates, Donald Keith Moore, JR., Amy T. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20100203199
    Abstract: There is disclosed a packaged salad. The packaged salad includes an undressed salad comprising a plurality of solid food items, and a package containing the salad. The package has a smaller distribution mode and a larger, expanded consumption mode. One or more air vents allow air to enter the package to prevent negative air pressure from impeding a user from expanding the package from distribution mode to consumption mode. Processes for using the package are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Jay Ferro
  • Publication number: 20100183773
    Abstract: A package assembly includes a container that is configured for expansion in a generally vertical direction between a collapsed state and an extended state. The container includes a sidewall having a first axial end portion and an oppositely disposed second axial end portion. The sidewall is vertically compressed in the collapsed state and configured for expansion in a generally vertical direction to the extended state. A base portion is engaged with the first axial end portion of the sidewall. The base portion and the sidewall cooperatively define an interior region having an opening. A cover is engaged with the second axial end portion of the sidewall. The cover is configured for covering the opening to the interior region during cooking or heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Yolanda A. Malone, Donald L. Greenwood, David W. France, Alison Wong, Anthony Piazza, Anke Pierik, Jon Le Fors, Lynda Deakin, Lauren Shimek, Eric Toyofuku, Alexander Coriano, III, Grace Hwang, Emilie Lasseron, Suzanne Gibbs Howard
  • Patent number: 7642490
    Abstract: A single ply paper product including a paper substrate having a first surface and a second surface and including a web of fibers sufficiently refined to have a Canadian Standard Freeness value of greater than about 100 cm3 according to TAPPI standard test T 227, and having a weight of between about 20 lbs./3,000 ft.2 and about 45 lbs./3,000 ft.2; and a fluorochemical in an amount of at least 800 parts per million.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Wausau Paper Specialty Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas R. Trochlil
  • Patent number: 7491416
    Abstract: A heating attachment for improving uniformity of microwave heating of a food product in a food container. The heating attachment has a microwave shield of microwave-reflective material. An attachment member is configured for attaching the shield to a food container in an operative association in which the container is disposed in a heating space by the shield. In this association, the shield improves the uniformity of microwave heating of a food product within the container. The heating attachment sufficiently surrounds the container in the operative association to capture the container for promoting breakage of the heating attachment when the container is removed therefrom to inhibit or prevent reuse of the heating attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Brita F. Sheehan, Mark A. Williamson, Robert Croft, Martin Short
  • Publication number: 20080286420
    Abstract: Described are dough packages that include one or more of a container and an opening, optionally including an open end and an endcap, wherein the package may be vented or non-vented, and may contain dough for storage at refrigerated conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: David J. Domingues, Richard Freeman, Joanne J. Garbe, Claire Thurbush, Scott Kackman, David A. Kirk, Todd Purkey, Kay Sinclair, Gray Stacey, Matthew C. White
  • Patent number: 7067781
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the invention is a single ply paper product with a paper substrate having a first surface and a second surface and a web of fibers sufficiently refined to have a Canadian Standard Freeness value of greater than about 100 cm3 according to TAPPI standard test T 227, and having a weight of between about 20 lbs./3000 ft.2 and about 45 lbs./3,000 ft.2; and a fluorochemical in an amount of at least 800 parts per million. In another embodiment, the invention is a method for processing a single ply paper product including the steps of folding a single ply paper product into a container. Processing of the single ply paper product includes at least one of folding, creasing, applying adhesive, applying a susceptor patch, and heat sealing. In another embodiment, the invention is an article with a single ply paper product and a charge of oil and popcorn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Wausau Paper Corp.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Trochlil
  • Patent number: 7011858
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a shirred concertina formed from a seamless, tubular foodstuff casing that is tied-off at one end, and has an outer surface provided with a coating or impregnation including a food additive. The tied-off end of the present casing is turned back inwardly, into the hollow cavity formed by the concertina. Concertinas of the present invention are particularly adapted for use with automatic sausage filling, portioning, and clipping machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Kalle GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Grolig, Martina Koenig, Christian Auf Der Heide, Dirk Auf Der Heide, Furg-Heinrich Kallweit
  • Patent number: 6793950
    Abstract: A packaged food article of improved appearance and stackability comprises an unpressurized, imperforate container having an opening, wherein the container is fabricated from a material having a low gas permeability. A quantity of gas releasing food stuff, such as an active cultured dairy product, is disposed within and partially fills the container, while defining a headspace volume which is not filled with the food stuff A peelable flexible seal membrane overlays and seals the opening. An initial headspace gas is enriched with the gas released from the food stuff, with the initial headspace gas being adapted to permeate the packaging material at a rate greater than both the rate in which gas is released from the food stuff within the container and the rate in which air permeates into the container, thereby avoiding outward bowing of the flexible seal during the shelf life of the packaged food article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Archibald, Jonathan W. Devries, Donald P. Messer, Ellen M. Silva
  • Patent number: 6733807
    Abstract: A flexible paper microwave package in the form of an easily expandable, nontrapping bag (18) is disclosed including a bottom wall (20) and a top wall (22) interconnected together adjacent their circular outer peripheries (20a, 22a) by first and second interconnection portions (26a, 26b). In one preferred form, the top wall (22) is formed from a first portion (22d) having an oval shaped access opening closed by an oval shaped closure portion (22e) interconnected by a seal (40) to the first portion (22d). The bottom and top walls (20, 22) expand into an opposing double domed shape as the food product is being popped, puffed, or expanded in the microwave oven. This domed shape of the bottom wall (22) keeps the food product huddled closer together and enhances the bag (18) to rock to maximize gravimetric separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Martuch, Randal J. Monforton, Marsha D. Thompson Hunt, Melissa L. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6715616
    Abstract: A filter device for coffee or the like which includes an open frame 2 formed of sheet material having predetermined rigidity, such as thick paper, and which is smaller in diameter than a blind-end frame 3. Both the frames are connected by a tubular body part 5 formed of deformable sheet material provided with shape retaining ability having predetermined rigidity and flexibility such as thin paper, non-woven fabric, etc. to compose a cup-like container body 1 having a wider bottom in a shape of substantially truncated cone. The filter device can be placed on a coffee cup for use. When the filter device is not in use, the open frame 2 is folded and pushed into the blind-end frame 3 by means of flexibility of the body part 5 and contracted. For use, the open frame 2 is pulled up to expand the body part 5, and the container body is restored into the cup-like shape and prepared to be poured with hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Kataoka Bussan Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: George Kataoka
  • Patent number: 6705471
    Abstract: A filter device for coffee or the like which includes a container body consisting of an open frame and a blind-end frame including an annular bottom member, and a filter chamber for enclosing substance to be extracted and received in the annular bottom member via a filter, wherein the blind-end frame is adapted to be folded inside the open frame together with the filter chamber. The open frame is formed of sheet material having predetermined rigidity, such as thick paper, non-woven fabric, etc., while the blind-end frame is formed of deformable sheet material provided with shape retaining characteristic having predetermined rigidity and flexibility such as thin paper, non-woven fabric, etc. These open frame and the blind-end frame are connected so as to be folded. When the filter device is not in use, the blind-end frame is folded and pushed into the open frame while turned back to be stored inside the open frame together with the filter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Kataoka Bussan Kubushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: George Kataoka
  • Patent number: 6666329
    Abstract: A collapsible cup with vented pocket comprises a base member for supporting the apparatus. A plurality of telescoping components form a fluid-tight seal by friction fitting the plurality of telescoping components together. An outermost telescoping component is attached to the base member to form an impervious junction between the base member and the outermost telescoping component. A vented pocket is attached to an innermost telescoping component. The innermost telescoping component is the final component of the plurality of telescoping components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Promotions Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Joan Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 6550371
    Abstract: A brewing bag includes liquid-permeable filter material for use in a filter coffee brewing apparatus and has an essentially cylindrical or prismatic shape with a bottom part, a jacket and a cover part. The wall of jacket is reinformed near the cover part and has a collar which protrudes over the cover part. An optimal brewing effect is achieved through forming the brewing bag in this special way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: A. Kuster Sirocco-Kaffee AG
    Inventors: Franco Del Bon, Ralph Grueniger
  • Publication number: 20020119220
    Abstract: A method of reducing the amount of oxygen from prepackaged food products including the steps of placing the packaged food products within an evacuation chamber associated with a sealed container containing an oxygen absorbing reagent, evacuating gas from the evacuation chamber wherein the pressure differential in the evacuation chamber causes the sealed container to rupture thereby releasing or activating the oxygen absorbing reagent to absorb oxygen in the chamber, hermetically sealing the evacuation chamber containing the packaged food products. The gas within the sealed container may be nitrogen. The oxygen absorbing reagent may be a metal halide coated metal powder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Anthony William Costello
  • Patent number: 6410065
    Abstract: An expansible container is provided for use during the cooking of food in a radiant energy device such as a microwave oven, with the container being configured or otherwise designed to provide entertainment to onlookers as the container expands in size during the relative rapid cooking of food in the container and/or with the fully expanded container of cooked food providing an interesting article, character, figure or configuration that is of novel, interesting or entertaining appearance. The container is formed from relatively flexible materials that define a closed chamber which contains food to be cooked. In its deflated form, the container is collapsed to assume a relatively flat, thin configuration which, in most preferred practice, displays or is configured to provide an entertaining or amusing shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Jr., Dale Panasewicz
  • Patent number: 6333059
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 6306448
    Abstract: A flexible paper microwave package in the form of an easily expandable, nontrapping bag (18) is disclosed including a bottom wall (20) and a top wall (22) interconnected together adjacent their circular outer peripheries (20a, 22a) by first and second interconnection portions (26a, 26b). In one preferred form, the top wall (22) is formed from a first portion (22d) having an oval shaped access opening closed by an oval shaped closure portion (22e) interconnected by a seal (40) to the first portion (22d). The bottom and top walls (20, 22) expand into an opposing double domed shape as the food product is being popped, puffed, or expanded in the microwave oven. This domed shape of the bottom wall (20) keeps the food product huddled closer together and enhances the bag (18) to rock to maximize gravimetric separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J Martuch, Randal J Monforton, Marsha D Thompson Hunt, Melissa L Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6165523
    Abstract: A flavor enhancing mechanism for bottled water, club soda, and bland liquid comestibles, is described. The flavor enhancing mechanism includes a bottle cap containing a flexible bellows. The bellows is generally transparently clear, flexible plastic. The bottle cap and bellows are mounted upon a bottle containing a liquid comestible, whose flavor is to be enhanced. The bellows contains concentrates of fruit juices and/or other natural flavors. The bottle cap is designed to be screw threaded or snap fitted onto the standard lip portion of glass or plastic drinking containers. Upon application of a downward force, the flavor enhancers are squeezed from the flexible bellows, and injected downwardly into the bland liquid substances held in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Douglas Story
  • Patent number: 6126976
    Abstract: A microwave popcorn package including a container having a bottom wall, an open top and a tapered side wall extending from the bottom wall to the open top. The package also includes a variety of lids including a lid which has a substantially planar center portion. The lid is positioned within the container between the bottom wall and the open top to define a popcorn receiving region and to provide a support for the stacking of a plurality of containers. The invention further includes a pouch positioning collar and a method of making and assembling the above package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Ryt-Way Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn W. Hasse, Jr., William M. Binole, Jerald L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6093429
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 6077551
    Abstract: An expandable microwave popcorn package which contains a charge of popcorn kernels suitable for preparation in a microwave oven. The package is formed of front and back panels preferably joined together at the top and bottom ends and at the sides by side panels. The back panel includes two or more sections which are joined along slightly overlapping edges and bonded together by a releasable adhesive, thereby forming lap seam(s). Conversion of the package into a serving vessel is made possible by the releasable nature of the adhesive which allows the lap seam(s) to be disengaged after the popping process is complete. Thus the back panel sections can be detached, and possibly removed, to expose the popcorn within the package. Ideally the heat and steam created by the popping process will diminish the bonding strength of the releasable adhesive thereby enhancing the conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Hunt-Wesson, Inc.
    Inventor: Cynthia Scrimager
  • Patent number: 6066346
    Abstract: A flexible paper popcorn package in the form of an easily expandable, nontrapping bag (18) is disclosed including a bottom wall (20) and a top wall (22) interconnected together adjacent their circular outer peripheries (20a, 22a) by first and second interconnection portions (26a, 26b). In one preferred form, the top wall (22) is formed by first and second wall portions (22b, 22c) interconnected together by a peelable closure seal (28). In another preferred form, the top wall (22) is formed from a first portion (22d) having an access opening closed by a closure portion (22e) interconnected by a seal (40) including the peelable closure seal portion (40a) to the first portion (22d). In still another preferred form, the bottom and top walls (20, 22) are interconnected together by their interconnection to gussetted side panels (50, 52), with the peelable closure seal being formed in the interconnection between the bottom and top walls (20, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Marsha Doris Thompson Hunt, Randal J. Monforton, Michael R. Langlois
  • Patent number: 6060095
    Abstract: An expandable microwave popcorn package which contains a charge of popcorn kernels for preparation in a microwave oven. The package is formed of front and back panels preferably joined together at the top and bottom ends by an adhesive and at the sides by side panels. The back panel includes a pair of separation lines along which the package material is relatively weak such that a portion of the back panel can be torn from the remainder of the package to expose the popcorn within. Separation lines may be formed by weakening a portion of the bag substrate, by reinforcing the adjacent areas, or by a combination of the two. Side panels are folded to form gussets which allow the package to remain flat during storage, to expand to accommodate the popped kernels. A susceptor is also preferably placed on the front panel opposite the back panel to enhance the popping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Hunt-Wesson, Inc.
    Inventor: Cynthia Scrimager
  • Patent number: 6054157
    Abstract: A reusable cookie dough storage container for storing and refrigerating cookie dough comprising a generally tubular, hollow member having a self-sustaining shape and a substantially uniform cross-section substantially along its entire length is provided with a piston slidably received in the tubular member and axially movable therein along a longitudinal axis of the tubular member. The tubular member has at least a first end cap releasably received on a longitudinal end of the tubular member, such that the first end cap and the piston form a cookie dough storage chamber within the tubular member when spaced apart. The piston is adapted to substantially seal the storage chamber containing the cookie dough, when used in combination with the first end cap, and to apply a positive pressure on the cookie dough stored within the storage chamber for extruding said cookie dough from the storage chamber when the first end cap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventors: Nancy B. Shapiro, Joseph H. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 5985343
    Abstract: A microwave popcorn package including a container having a bottom wall, an open top and a tapered side wall extending from the bottom wall to the open top. The package also includes a substantially planar lid positioned within the container between the bottom wall and the open top to define a popcorn receiving region and to provide a support for the stacking of a plurality of containers. The invention also relates to a method of making and assembling the above container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ryt-Way Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn W. Hasse, Jr., William M. Binole, Jerald L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5958482
    Abstract: A flexible paper popcorn package in the form of an easily expandable, nontrapping bag (18) is disclosed including a bottom wall (20) and a top wall (22) interconnected together adjacent their circular outer peripheries (20a, 22a) by first and second interconnection portions. The top wall (22) is formed by first and second wall portions (22b, 22c) interconnected together by a peelable closure seal (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Randal J. Monforton
  • Patent number: 5955133
    Abstract: A method for wrapping sandwich products that include a heel of bread and a crown of bread involves placing the heel of bread on a flat sheet of packaging wrap, placing the crown of bread on the packaging wrap adjacent one of the corners of the packaging wrap, dressing the heel and/or the crown of bread, and then carrying out various folding steps to produce a wrapped or packaged sandwich product. The folding steps include inwardly folding the corner of the packaging wrap on which the crown of bread has been placed together with the crown of bread to position the crown of bread on top of the heel of bread and with the corner of the wrap being positioned in overlying relation to the crown of bread. A second portion of the packaging wrap is then inwardly folded to lie adjacent the folded corner, a third portion of the packaging wrap is inwardly folded to lie adjacent the folded second portion, and then a fourth portion of the packaging wrap is inwardly folded to lie adjacent the folded third portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventors: Debra D. Bowers, Jane L. Clough, Louann S. Mueller
  • Patent number: 5919505
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo E. Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 5834046
    Abstract: A construction for heating food in a microwave oven is provided. The construction includes an outer receptacle and a moisture barrier closure enclosed within the outer receptacle. Food material to be heated is enclosed within the moisture barrier closure, during storage. Preferred arrangements include an outer receptacle which is expandable to accommodate expansion of the food material, preferably popcorn, upon heating. In a preferred construction shown, a microwave susceptor construction is positioned within the moisture barrier closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Golden Valley Microwave Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Turpin, Lance B. Schilmoeller, James W. Montealagre
  • Patent number: 5804237
    Abstract: A thin walled, easily crushable container with an integral or seamed-on bottom is filled with an edible material which requires sterilization. The empty container has one end attached or integral that may have a concave slope relative to the inside of the container. A liquified or solidified inert gas is then inserted into the container. The container is then sealed with a concave shaped end before the inert liquified or solidified gas has completely vaporized. The ends are such that they do not bulge under the pressure left after sterilization, which pressure is due to the pressurization effect of the inert gas and which pressure is enough to overcome the vacuum caused by the cooling of hot water vapor or steam above the edible material and gives the can the required rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: George B. Diamond
    Inventors: George B. Diamond, Ray G. Slocum
  • Patent number: 5786010
    Abstract: A bag suitable for use in microwave cooking is constructed of an elongated tube of flexible material closed at one end by a cold seal closure and having a heat seal adhesive deposit applied to the other end thereof for use in closing the bag after filling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: American Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Gilbert N. Yannuzzi, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE38770
    Abstract: A collapsible container is disclosed having a top portion and a base portion joined by a generally cylindrical side wall structure, the generally cylindrical side wall structure has a central axis and a collapsible helical portion and the collapsible helical portion has a generally uniform radius and a generally flat side cross sectional shape with respect to the central axis. A cup section is also disclosed which can cause deformation of the collapsible container's side wall. The container is particularly suitable to store carbonated beverages and other consumer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Marshall Packaging Company, LLC
    Inventor: Neil Y. Gilbert
  • Patent number: RE36377
    Abstract: A collapsible container is disclosed having a top portion and a base portion joined by a generally cylindrical side wall structure, the generally cylindrical side wall structure has a central axis and a collapsible helical portion and the collapsible helical portion has a generally uniform radius and a generally flat side cross sectional shape with respect to the central axis. A cup section is also disclosed which can cause deformation of the collapsible container's side wall. The container is particularly suitable to store carbonated beverages and other consumer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Neil Y. Gilbert