Having Consumer Oriented Diverse Utility Patents (Class 426/112)
  • Patent number: 10717593
    Abstract: A system and method is presented wherein a disposable pod having two chambers, each of which can be either wet or dry and contain a variety of substances, is sized to fit distinct brewing systems offered by third parties, such that the puncturing and water dispensing functionality of such brewing systems cause the mixture of the variety of substances in the two chambers resulting in a wide range of beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Scialdone
  • Patent number: 10577172
    Abstract: Pack (100) having an inner volume in which a beverage medium is stored and from which an infusion beverage is prepared when a fluid is introduced inside the pack (100), said inner volume being defined by sheets of material joined to one another at their edges, such that the inner volume presents a generally plane shape, said pack (100) comprising an inlet chamber (120) configured to accommodate an inflow of fluid that will infuse the beverage medium to produce an infusion beverage and at least one outlet duct (12) for delivering the infusion beverage from said inner volume, said inlet chamber (120) and said outlet duct (12) being positioned at the bottom of the pack (100), the pack (100) further comprising a compartmental channel (250) and a filtering element (30) configured in such a way that they define a dedicated chamber inside the volume of the pack where the beverage medium is confined, the filtering element (30) being further configured for preventing the particles of the beverage medium from entering
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Damien Neurohr
  • Patent number: 10543952
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, a container includes a bottom, a top opposing the bottom, and a plurality of sides extending from the bottom to the top. The bottom, the top and the plurality of sides define an enclosure. The container includes a partition panel extends from a first one of the plurality of sides to a second one of the plurality of sides thereby dividing the enclosure into a first chamber and a second chamber. The container further includes a pass-through opening in the partition panel configured to permit flow of contents from the second chamber into the first chamber. The container also includes a pour spout configured to permit egress of the contents from the first chamber out of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Rory I. Wilson, Marcus Humphrey
  • Patent number: 10518965
    Abstract: A single-use coffee capsule is disclosed that has a cup-shaped body and an extraction foil member for the preparation of a liquid coffee extract in a coffee preparation apparatus. Also disclosed is a system that includes the capsule and the coffee preparation apparatus. Further disclosed are methods of making and using the capsule and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Karine Garcin, Sébastien Pelletier, Arnaud Gerbaulet, Jean-Marc Flick, Daniel Abegglen, Viviane Rebelo
  • Patent number: 10455972
    Abstract: A coffee maker includes an injection needle producing a dispersed spray and a rotating brewing chamber. The brewing chamber may include rollers for rotating a brewing cartridge and a centered extraction needle, or may include a rotating cradle including one or more offset extraction needles. The injection needle includes radially oriented ports providing the dispersed spray into the cartridge interior. As the cartridge is rotated, the dispersed spray prevents or reduces the formation of channels or clumping of the brewing material thus providing better extraction of brewed beverage from the brewing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 10392184
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is shown. The capsule includes a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a flexible sheet-shaped third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall, the third wall being at least one of perforate and porous. The first, second and third wall enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The third wall forms an outermost boundary of the capsule in an axial direction thereof. The third wall includes a filtering material. The second wall is one of a flexible porous sheet, a flexible foil provided with a plurality of entrance openings, and a substantially rigid wall that includes a plurality of entrance openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Patent number: 10370182
    Abstract: A containment body for making a cup-shaped capsule for making beverages comprising a lateral wall (4) that, in a zone of it closer to an upper edge (5) than to a bottom wall (3), is provided with one or more retaining elements (8) projecting towards the central axis in a plane substantially perpendicular to the central axis, the one or more retaining elements (8) forming between them and the bottom wall (3) an undercut seat (9); and a method for making capsules comprising different quantities of powdered food substance using said containment body (1) and positioning an upper filtering element (16) either coupled to the undercut seat (9) or positioned close to a lid (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Accursi
  • Patent number: 10362799
    Abstract: A device comprises a fruit reception compartment, a fruit suction area, a liquid suction area comprising an orifice, and a narrowing which feeds into a channel, with a water flow between the narrowing and the channel, and the channel defining part of a pipe configured to carry impelled liquid inside the channel. A method comprises supplying a mixture of fruits in bunches and liquid, moving the mixture to a fruit suction area through a suction entrance, aspirating and injecting liquid through the channel, generating a depression which drags the mixture towards the narrowing, and generating turbulence which separates stalks from the fruit and extracts the separated fruit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: RODA IBERICA, S.L.
    Inventor: Christophe Blanc
  • Patent number: 10279988
    Abstract: The present invention is a product and method for conveniently cleaning a single cup brewing machine's pod/cup canister. The present invention is also an improved pod/cup that reduces the chance for over pressurization and unwanted explosions during the brewing process. The pod/cup according to the invention is designed in the same general shape and configuration as a pod/cup intended to be used in the machine with a plurality of apertures in the side of the pod. This invention also includes an improved machine canister with a plurality of piercing pins. Still further, the invention includes a new cup puncture device with puncture pins or blades that can be used on the pod prior to insertion into the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Otto Schroeder, Annette Gucciardo
  • Patent number: 10165897
    Abstract: A stand alone container for housing dehydrated foodstuff and for use in a foodstuff machine has a continuous sidewall with first and second ends forming a storage area. A piston is complementarily positioned within the sidewall proximate the first end and is slidable with respect to the sidewall. The container contains dehydrated foodstuff located in the storage area and a removable cover positioned proximate the second end. The foodstuff machine includes a machine housing having an access opening for receiving the container having dehydrated foodstuff therein. A hydrating and positioning system moves from a loading position when the container is in the access opening to a hydrating position with the container second end above the first end and then to a transfer position where the first end is positioned above the second end. A liquid dispenser is positioned above the container when the container is in the hydrating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mega Consultants, LLC
    Inventor: Edward C. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10136755
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a coding insert for associating to a food ingredient capsule adapted to be functionally inserted in the cavity of a food preparation machine, characterized in that said coding insert is a disc or a ring that comprises at least one deformable portion that is deformed when said insert is inserted into the machine cavity, and/or when said cavity is closed, so that at least one machine operational parameter is set by detection of there action force on the machine cavity by the deformed portion, so as to customize the machine brewing functional parameters to each coding insert inserted therein with the capsule it is associated with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Talon
  • Patent number: 10028611
    Abstract: A filter holder for an espresso coffee machine comprising a handle (1) and an outer holder (2), which outer holder is adapted to receive a filter plate (8). The filter plate (8) comprises a plurality of upstanding elements such as truncated pyramids adapted to tear, in use, a surface of a coffee capsule. Between the pyramids a plurality of perforations allow passage of coffee from a capsule to a cup. The holder further comprising a retaining member, which retaining member is adapted to retain the capsule in position and to permit water or steam to be applied under pressure to a surface of the capsule remote from the surface adjacent to the filter plate, the water or steam penetrating the capsule surface to reach the coffee in the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Alex Gort-Barten
  • Patent number: 10010087
    Abstract: Methods, packaging, and packets for wet aging meat are described herein. For example, in one or more embodiments of the present disclosure a package for wet aging meat includes a cut of meat having a fat layer portion and an edible meat portion, an adsorptive material to adsorb gases emitted from the cut of meat wherein the adsorptive material is positioned on the fat layer portion, a salt material positioned on the adsorptive material or on the fat layer portion with the adsorptive material, and wherein the cut of meat with the adsorptive material and salt material is sealed in a packaging material to form the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Christopher Selby
  • Patent number: 10011421
    Abstract: A capsule includes a deformable and/or compressible casing, provided with a base wall and a side wall defining a cavity that is open and suitable for containing an initial product to obtain a final food product. A supporting element is fixed to a first edge of the casing and facing the cavity and a nozzle is fixed to the supporting element and arranged for delivering a fluid into the cavity which interacts with the initial product to make the final product. The nozzle also opens the base wall and enables the final product to exit when the casing is compressed and crushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sarong Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini, Federica Barbieri
  • Patent number: 10000335
    Abstract: A capsule (1) for preparing beverages, in particular coffee, is described, comprising a containing body (3) having a first portion (5), the containing body (3) defining an internal volume adapted to contain a substance to be infused, the first portion (5) being composed of: a first perimeter edge (13); a first central portion (17) onto which at least one external pressing force is applied; a first crown portion (19) collapsible towards inside the containing body (3) under the action of the pressing force exerted at least on the first central portion (17) and/or on the first crown portion (19), the first crown portion (19) being interposed between the first perimeter edge (13) and the first central portion (17), the first crown portion (19) being connected on its perimeter to the first perimeter edge (13) by interposing a first bending line (21) and being connected to the first central portion (17) by interposing a second bending line (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Bisio Progetti S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Bisio
  • Patent number: 9932168
    Abstract: A pod containing one or more beverage ingredients is provided, where the pod comprises a generally rigid outer member (12) with an open top and an outlet opening in the bottom, with an internal filter (16) adjacent a bottom portion of the outer member, one or more beverage ingredients disposed above the filter, and a lid (14) closing the open top. The outer member has an outer peripheral sidewall (20) defining the open top and extending downwardly from the open top toward the bottom portion and inwardly converging toward the outlet opening. The bottom portion of the sidewall defines a plurality of ribs (36) extending inwardly in the interior of the outer member toward the outlet opening. Beverage outlet flow paths are disposed between adjacent ribs and directed toward the outlet opening. The filter is supported above the outlet opening and the beverage outlet flow paths by the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Andrew Hansen
  • Patent number: 9878843
    Abstract: A capsule used in the production of a beverage, includes an actuation element that is displaced by an actuation force. The actuation element is configured with a section of passageway and controls the moments of entry and exit of a pressurized flow through the capsule. The actuation element includes a flow accumulation chamber provided on a side of the zone facing the flow downstream, and at least one flow exit passage for discharge of the flow out of the accumulation chamber and of the capsule, at least in part as a result of flow accumulation in the flow accumulation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Rui Miguel Nabeiro, Daniel Freire Falcão T. Caramelo
  • Patent number: 9808112
    Abstract: A system, device and method for preparing a beverage using a capsule. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body, a lid and an actuating member. The device comprises a capsule holder, a fluid supply unit, and a flow control unit arranged for controlling a parameter of the fluid to be supplied to the capsule. The flow control unit is arranged for selectively operating in one of at least a first mode and a second mode. The flow control unit comprises a switching member movable between a first and second position, and arranged for being engaged by the actuating member of the capsule. The system is arranged such that the flow control unit is in the first mode when the switching member is in the first position, and such that the flow control unit is in the second mode when the switching member is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Favero, Guiseppe Fin, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Patent number: 9743802
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for the preparation of a beverage in a beverage machine with a capsule comprising an enclosure containing tea leaves comprising the steps of: a) introducing water in the capsule to submerge the tea leaves in the capsule enclosure, then b) letting the tea leaves soak, then c) introducing water in the capsule until the required volume of beverage is delivered, wherein water is continuously introduced in the capsule from the beginning of step a) until the end of step b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Matthieu Ozanne
  • Patent number: 9731892
    Abstract: A single-use capsule for preparing a food liquid from a food substance contained therein. The capsule has an upper wall, a lower wall, and a side wall connecting the upper and lower walls, wherein the walls form an enclosure that contains the food substance. The capsule also has a sealed interface connecting the upper and lower walls and a liquid collecting cavity located between the side wall and sealed interface. The sealed interface is configured to open under a predetermined fluid pressure in the capsule to allow the food liquid to leave the capsule. Also, a method for preparing a food liquid from the capsule by passing water through the food substance using centrifugal forces for producing the food liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 9630770
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for creating a consumable liquid food or beverage product from frozen contents. A container is configured for insertion into an apparatus. The container includes a frozen content, a receptacle defining an opening and a cavity for receiving and storing the frozen content, and a closure formed over the opening of the receptacle for sealing the frozen content within the cavity of the receptacle. The receptacle is perforable, and the container is configured for insertion into an apparatus that is configured to create a consumable liquid beverage from the frozen content within the container, such that the frozen content is extracted through a perforation created in the receptacle by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Meltz, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Roberts, Paul Kalenian, Douglas M. Hoon
  • Patent number: 9497982
    Abstract: The current document is directed to methods and systems for manufacturing frozen-sushi food products that remain texturally and compositionally stable while frozen and refrigerated for extended periods of time. A variety of different processing steps and ingredients are employed to prevent retrogradation of gelatinized starch in cooked sushi rice, including quick cooking of the rice, employing non-nutritive sweeteners in place of sugar, controlling the amount of salt in the sushi rice, and use of ? amylase and gellan gum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Philip Sinz
  • Patent number: 9451846
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a capsule (1) for containing a food ingredient, adapted for use in a food preparation machine able to inject a fluid under pressure inside said capsule to prepare a food product, said capsule comprising a capsule body with side walls (2), a top wall (3), and an impermeable flexible pierceable bottom membrane (4), characterized in that it further comprises a rigid support structure (5, 7) located adjacent and outside of said flexible pierceable bottom membrane, such that said structure covers and supports partially said membrane (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Talon
  • Patent number: 9387980
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a capsule (12) for the preparation of a food or beverage by injection therein of a fluid under pressure, comprising a chamber containing a substance, a bottom pierceable membrane (23), and opening means (24) allowing the capsule to be opened by piercing the bottom membrane for allowing the beverage to flow out of the capsule, the opening means (24) comprising a surface with a multitude of piercing elements (25) which are configured to engage the bottom membrane (23) under the effect of the rise in pressure in the chamber, characterized in that said opening means (23) further comprises at least one safety piercing element (26) that is surrounded by a safety wall (27) such that the apex (28) of said safety piercing element is located within the vicinity of said safety wall (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Ahmed Azouz, Frederic Doleac
  • Patent number: 9346611
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for creating a consumable liquid food or beverage product from frozen contents. A container is configured for insertion into an apparatus. The container includes a frozen content, a receptacle defining an opening and a cavity for receiving and storing the frozen content, and a closure formed over the opening of the receptacle for sealing the frozen content within the cavity of the receptacle. The receptacle is perforable, and the container is configured for insertion into an apparatus that is configured to create a consumable liquid beverage from the frozen content within the container, such that the frozen content is extracted through a perforation created in the receptacle by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Meltz, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Roberts, Paul Kalenian, Douglas M. Hoon
  • Patent number: 9346575
    Abstract: A container, such as a bottle or jar, that includes a closed compartment and an active insert device for pressurizing the closed compartment. The active insert device comprises an elastic liner and an active insert that are affixed to a closure or cap or the container. The active insert includes at least one reactant that is triggered to a reaction by an external energy source. The reaction produces a gas, which is delivered to the closed compartment via the liner. The gas causes the liner to expand and open a passage to deliver the gas to the closed compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: INOFLATE, LLC
    Inventors: James Scott Abercrombie, Nicholas Joseph Day, Darren L. Naud
  • Patent number: 9155319
    Abstract: The present technology relates to compositions, assemblies, and methods for the brewing of ground coffee bean particles, where the ground coffee bean particles have been separated on the basis of size to provide a truncated Gaussian distribution of particle sizes of coffee particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Brandeis University
    Inventor: Daniel Perlman
  • Patent number: 9149500
    Abstract: A method for relieving or preventing symptoms associated with uric acid crystals, comprising consuming a formulation that supports three or more processes, the processes comprising: 1) one that inhibits formation of uric acid in the body; 2) one that increases elimination of uric acid from the body; and 3) one that interferes with formation of uric acid crystals in the body. Also, a process to make a formulation, comprising mixing together: i. a material that inhibits formation of uric acid in a body; ii. a material that increases elimination of uric acid from the body; iii. a material that interferes with formation of uric acid crystals in the body; and forming the mixture into a medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Kent J. Truscott, Susan M. Abernathy
  • Publication number: 20150143999
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage production machine having an apparatus for recognising a package. The apparatus comprises two resonant tank circuits, each comprising a coil and a capacitor; two electronic circuits for detecting changes in coil impedance; a means for generating a signal which is indicative of the changes; and means for controlling the beverage production machine according to the signal. The machine also comprises a holder for supporting the package. The package for use in the machine comprises a base unit having a compartment which contains tea material, and a rim with a projecting lip; conductive material associated with the package having two edge sections situated on opposite sides of the compartment; and a lid attached to the base unit around the rim, the central portion of the lid comprising at least one perforated line. The invention also provides a method of recognising the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: David Murray Cross, Michael Paton, Daniel Thomas Toon
  • Publication number: 20150140182
    Abstract: Capsule (9) for use in a beverage preparation machine (1), said capsule comprising side (10), bottom (12) and top (11) walls defining a closed chamber, said chamber containing an ingredient, said capsule further comprising a beverage dispensing wall able to open for releasing a beverage prepared from said ingredient and said fluid, said capsule further comprising a pierceable plug (14) located adjacent to the inner side of the injection wall of the capsule, and made of a resilient material, said plug having a thickness between 0.5 mm and 10 mm, and said plug having shape and dimensions such as to be pierced through by the fluid injection element (20) when said capsule is functionally inserted within said machine, characterized in that said plug (14) is supported by a plug supporting member (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Nicolas Jean-Guy Bezet, Ahmed Azouz
  • Publication number: 20150132445
    Abstract: Capsule (1) for the preparation of a beverage by centrifugation in a beverage preparation device; the capsule comprising: a generally concave outer wall (2) and a generally concave inner wall (3); each wall having a peripheral portion (4, 5) extending substantially revolutionary around a central axis (I) and a bottom portion (6, 7); a lid (18) extending transversally to said central axis (I) and covering said outer and inner walls (2, 3); and forming with said inner wall an inner cavity (8) containing beverage ingredients (9), an outer cavity (10) positioned between the inner and outer walls (2, 3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim
  • Publication number: 20150110929
    Abstract: Present embodiments generally relate to packaging for instant beverage components, such as instant coffee. In some embodiments, the packaging includes a single-serve beverage cartridge for use with a single-serve coffee brewer. In some embodiments, the cartridge includes a cup, a lid, and a single serving of instant coffee or another instant beverage component. In some embodiments, the cartridge is configured to be pierced by one or more piercing members, which can provide an opening for liquid to flow into and/or out of the cartridge. In certain instances, the cartridge includes an insert configured to facilitate mixing of the instant beverage component with the liquid. In some embodiments, the instant beverage component is compressed. In certain embodiments, the cartridge does not include a filter or a barrier configured to retain non-liquid matter within the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Paul N. Camera, Thomas M. Jones, Mary K. Wagner, Urano A. Robinson, J. Marcio da Cruz
  • Publication number: 20150104547
    Abstract: Improvements in containers are provided, and in particular improvements in containers for preparing and dispensing foamable beverage and food products. The package may contain at least a liquid primary ingredient and a secondary ingredient and comprises at least one wall defining a chamber at least partially filled with the primary ingredient, an outlet for dispensing the prepared product, and a capsule surrounding the primary ingredient separating the secondary ingredient from the primary ingredient. The capsule may be attached to insides of opposing walls of the package such that as the opposing walls are moved further apart the capsule breaks. At least one of the ingredients may include a foaming agent such that the foamed product is produced when the capsule is broken and the primary and secondary ingredients mix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kate Avrial Yauk, Jo-Ann Clark, Ayse Tulay Massey, Sian Henson, Leonard S. Scarola
  • Patent number: 8999414
    Abstract: A Dual use food container has two sets of holding surfaces, one positions food items such as taco shells for storage and transport and the other set of surfaces position the taco shell in a position for assembly so the cook can add ingredients like meat, cheese and sauce to the shell without it tipping over. The formed surfaces that enable one position exist substantially without interference with the surfaces that enable the alternative position. A thin film can be applied to the top of the container to seal the food within when positioned for storage and transport and can be adopted to fit snugly in a box further protecting the food. Thin formable materials can be used in making the container. Versions of this material can allow food to be safely warmed in an oven within the container. Methods for preparing food within the container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Crowell Lyon
  • Publication number: 20150093477
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed dual-opening beverage container that functions as a mixing instrument, drinking straw, and a shot delivery (or shooter) device suitable for retail distribution is disclosed. An example embodiment includes a hermetically sealed beverage container for retail distribution including a vessel having a generally right rectangular prism shape, a first cap and a second cap both having a generally cube shape. Example embodiments of the hermetically sealed dual-opening beverage container reduce the amount of wasted space in the packaging and distribution process because of its efficient shape. Further, example embodiments of the container can poured contents at a faster rate, and can be reused and recycled. Further, the disclosed subject matter can be utilized as a straw and mixing device, like a stirrer, and makes consuming a shot from a bottle easier and quicker. This results in increased efficiency, increased functionality and increased pouring speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: John David McNamara
  • Publication number: 20150072052
    Abstract: A capsule includes a deformable and/or compressible casing that is provided with a base wall and with a side wall that define a cavity containing an initial product to be combined with a fluid to obtain a final product and with a nozzle provided with a plurality of openings for the passage of the fluid. The nozzle engages an outflow portion of the base wall and is arranged for exiting from the cavity through the outflow portion when the casing is compressed and/or crushed. The nozzle includes a first portion abutting on and sliding with interference inside the outflow portion in a sealed manner so that the final product exits the cavity at least initially only through at least one further opening of the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini
  • Publication number: 20150072053
    Abstract: Capsule (9) for use in a beverage preparation machine (1), said capsule comprising side (10), bottom (12) and top (11) walls defining a closed chamber, said chamber containing an ingredient to be dissolved and/or extracted by a fluid injected under pressure within said capsule, said fluid being provided through an injection element (20) of the machine that is able to pierce an injection wall of the chamber, said capsule further comprising a beverage dispensing wall able to open for releasing a beverage prepared from said ingredient and said fluid, said capsule comprising a separating wall (14) within the chamber that separates, in a leak-tight manner:—an ingredient-containing compartment (15), and—a fluid injection compartment (16), said separating wall (14) comprising a one-way valve (17) able to let fluid under pressure flow only from the injection compartment (16) towards the ingredient-containing compartment (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Nicolas Jean-Guy Bezet
  • Publication number: 20150056332
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a beverage packaging configuration whereby mix and base beverages are packaged in a single package, and the base beverage containers are not filled completely with the base beverage. The space within each base beverage container remaining above the base beverage volume provides space in the base container for the correct proportion of at least one mix beverage to be poured into the base beverage container to create a reproducible mixed drink. One exemplary embodiment provides for a single mix beverage container which contains a volume of mix beverage equally divisible between the volume remaining in a plurality of base beverage containers. Another exemplary embodiment includes more than one mix beverage container which may contain different mix beverages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Scott D. Gold
  • Patent number: 8962050
    Abstract: A container for holding novelty items, toys or candies that is an openable closed-shape with a lock/release plug. The closed-shape can be repeatedly opened and closed to remove and refill the novelty items. The container can be any closed-shape required for end use. A lock/release plug is used to both open and lock the closed-shape into a closed state. The lock/release plug is dimensioned to fit within the interior diameter of the closed-shape. The closed-shape has slots proximate each open end that interact with compression tabs on the lock/release plug. A center stop assists in aligning the compression tabs with the slots. The container can be configured to be a hula hoop or be adorned on one's body, such as a necklace or a bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Domenick Merlino
  • Publication number: 20150017288
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to dispensing of a substance from a capsule by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure relates to: (1) a capsule, (2) a beverage dispenser for receiving the capsule, and (3) mechanisms within the beverage dispenser for automatically opening the capsule and rotating the capsule while mixing a beverage within the capsule to pour into a user beverage container or glass. The La Vit system for cracking and peeling open the capsule provides a more hygienic approach to capsule-based beverage systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Gian Matteo LO FARO, John R. LAVERACK, Yuanli SHENTU, Kurt R. WESEMAN, George E. RIEHM, Greg G. WEAVER
  • Patent number: 8895091
    Abstract: A cover shell and container assembly comprising the cover shell and a tray or pan is disclosed. The cover shell includes inward projecting standoffs which restrict movement of a food product in the pan or tray and reduces damage to decorative elements of the food product during distribution and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Richard Boyer
  • Patent number: 8889207
    Abstract: A method for preparing hot beverages in a hot beverage machine by possibly repeatedly pumping a specific quantity of water from a water tank into a heating device, heating the quantity of water, pumping the heated quantity of water out of the heating device into a brewing chamber and possibly at the same time pumping a further quantity of water out of the water tank into the heating device, brewing a brewing substance contained in the brewing chamber to produce a hot beverage, and finally converting the quantity of water last pumped into the heating device completely into steam in a controlled manner for forcing liquid out of the entire line system downstream of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Aigner, Josef Daburger, Josef Gius, Johann Magg, Stefan Stadler
  • Publication number: 20140328979
    Abstract: A unit dose package of a liquid nutritional product comprises a form-stable, cup shaped container with a capacity of less than 70 ml having a rim, a frustoconical sidewall and a base. A quantity of the nutritional product is enclosed within the container and a foil closure is sealed to the rim. The container is formed of a laminate comprising a barrier layer of highly 5 orientable EVOH having an ethylene content of less than 31 mol %, preferably around 27 mol %, and an oxygen transmission of less than 0.0068 ml/ml/year, between an inner carrier layer and an outer carrier layer. The package is especially adapted for long term storage of oxygen sensitive products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: N.V. Nutricia
    Inventors: Else Habraken, Benoît Marie François Piette, Antonius Maurits Willemen
  • Publication number: 20140322396
    Abstract: A method for packaging a frozen food product includes placing a fluid food product into a flexible container, sealing the container and pasteurizing the food product in the sealed container. The method further includes applying a form to at least one surface of the flexible container, the form embossing the container and creating a series of compartments separated by thin segments therebetween, and freezing the product in the container with the form in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: J.R. Simplot Company
    Inventor: David Bruce Walker
  • Publication number: 20140272016
    Abstract: Beverage additive cartridges, beverage brewing systems and methods of brewing a beverage whereby a beverage additive cartridge containing an ingredient is used in combination with a beverage brewing cartridge to add the ingredient of the additive cartridge to the brewed fluid flow of the brewing cartridge. The resultant brew is an ingredient-brewed fluid mixture that outflows a brewing machine via an outlet probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kelly M. Nowak
  • Patent number: 8833235
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an injection-molded capsule for use in a food preparation machine, said capsule for use in a food preparation machine comprising: (i) a structure (1) with a lower side (2), at least three pillars (3) extending from the lower side and linked to a circular upper frame (4) which defines the surroundings of the capsule top side, the pillars (3) having cross-sections S1, S2 and S3, the lower side (2) being a solid wall that comprises a dispensing opening (5) and is centered across the vertical symmetry axis VSA of said capsule, and (ii) a label (6) attached to the outer surface of the lower side (2), pillars (3) and upper circular frame (4), thus forming an envelope that defines capsule side walls, characterized in that the injection point IP of the capsule is off-centered in the vicinity of said dispensing opening (5), opposed the pillar (3) having a cross-section S3 relatively to the axis VSA, and in that S1=S2 and S3>S1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Stephane Hentzel
  • Patent number: 8828463
    Abstract: Packaging of bananas in containers, for example polyethylene bags, having designed permeabilities to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ethylene. The bags preferably include a gas-permeable membrane comprising (1) a microporous film, and (2) a polymeric coating on the microporous film. The containers enable storage and/or ripening of bananas under controlled conditions. Using the new containers, bananas can be ripened while they are being transported, or in conventional ripening rooms without opening the containers in which they have been transported, or after they have left a ripening room. In addition, bananas can be preserved in a satisfactory ripened state for longer periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond Clark
  • Patent number: 8815318
    Abstract: Describe are food packages having features such as multiple containers in a single package and multiple pieces for a package; the packages can contain multiple food products including (for example) cereal and milk, for consumption together in a convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Zoss, Linda Baggio, Jeffrey Enz, Michael J. Engstrom, Bryan Scholtes
  • Patent number: 8800429
    Abstract: A percolating machine for producing a beverage using a sealed capsule containing anhydrous powdered material, the machine having a pressurized-hot-water dispenser assembly extending along a vertical axis, and in turn having a sprinkler having an end wall substantially crosswise to the aforementioned axis; a removable percolating cup positioned, in use, with its inlet facing the end wall, and for housing a sealed capsule positioned with a sealing wall facing the end wall; and a piercing device integral with the sprinkler and having a number of substantially rectangular-based projections, which extend downwards from the end wall of the sprinkler, are equally spaced about the aforementioned axis along a peripheral portion of the end wall, and pierce the sealing wall of the sealed capsule when the percolating cup is set to a work position contacting the sprinkler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventor: Virginio Cortese
  • Patent number: 8784914
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing an extract of green coffee wherein green coffee beans are subjected to a heat treatment and extracted without being roasted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Valerie Martine Jeanine Leloup, Yves Allenbach, Johanna Hendrika Schoonman