For Dispensing Or Serving Patents (Class 426/115)
  • Patent number: 10370175
    Abstract: A receptacle (100) for containing and dispensing a solid medicinal pill (108), directly into the mouth of the user, comprising a container with a storage chamber (104) leading to a spout outlet (106) sized to be comfortably inserted between the lips of a user, said spout outlet being further provided with a displaceable sealing closure (112) having a normally closed position, and wherein displacement of said closure from said closed position, to enable the dispensing of at least one pill from said chamber, is actuated by the mouth of the user interacting with said spout outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: P.C.O.A. DEVICES LTD.
    Inventor: Ilan Paz
  • Patent number: 10226153
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a drink container that includes a lower container having a void formed therein configured to hold a liquid, a divider disposed in the void of the lower container, the divider configured to form a plurality of compartments, each compartment being configured to separately hold a liquid, wherein each of the compartments has an open top portion, a film configured to seal the top portions of each of the plurality of compartments, a upper container configured to interact with the lower container and a cutter, the cutter being operably attached to an internal surface of the upper container at a first end, wherein a cutting edge of the cutter is nearer the film than the first end of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fresh Twist, LP
    Inventors: Craig M. Trager, Chad Donella, Stuart Long
  • Patent number: 10106422
    Abstract: Carbon dioxide, such as may be used for a carbonated beverage, is produced by microwave thermal decomposition of a starting material. An apparatus for the process includes a microwave generator, a microwave chamber, a capsule received in the chamber containing starting material(s) and one or more channel(s) for recovering CO2 generated in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SO SPARK LTD.
    Inventor: Pinchas Shalev
  • Patent number: 10071844
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides multi-component food products having a wet food component and a dry food component. The multi-component food product is shelf-stable and does not include any artificial preservatives. Methods for providing a shelf-stable multi-component food product having a wet food component and a dry food component without artificial preservatives to a consumer are also provided, as are methods for marketing such a shelf-stable multi-component food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Russell Leon Chappell, Jr., Anthony Edward Dzikowicz, Jr., Jason Everett Mann, Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, Scott David Peterson, Michael John Sarachman
  • Patent number: 9888805
    Abstract: The brewing assembly (1) comprises a support structure (2) which is operationally stationary and in which the following are mounted: a movable part (4) including a cup-shaped body (5) in which there is defined a receptacle (6) suitable for receiving a capsule (C) or the like containing a substance for the preparation of a beverage; a cooperating locating part (9) provided with a member (10) for performing perforation and/or injecting water and/or steam; and a displacement mechanism (11) for causing displacement of the movable part (4) between an open position, remote from the locating part (9), in which the cup-shaped body (5) is in a position suitable for receiving a capsule (C) or the like, and a closed position, in which the cup-shaped body (5) is able to be coupled with the locating part (9) so as to define therewith a brewing chamber in which the capsule (C) is sealingly clamped, for preparation of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo De Mango
  • Patent number: 9745122
    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 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 towards the ingredient-containing compartment, said valve being actuated in its open configuration by the injection element (22) of the machine, wherein the one-way valve is either: (i) a spring-mounted ball valve, or alternatively (ii) a flexible resilient O-ring valve mounted in a circular channel of the separating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Nihan Dogan
  • Patent number: 9701454
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wrapper for rice covered with layer, which is used to wrap a lump of rice. The wrapper comprising, two films forming sealing parts that are sealed to each other at outer peripheral parts thereof and including laver therebetween, a first cutting groove including a lateral groove formed toward a lateral direction of the film for cutting the film toward a longitudinal direction at a longitudinal upper part of one of the two films, and a covering part attached to seal the first cutting groove. In this case, the first cutting groove is formed under the sealing part longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Myoung Ho Jeon
  • Patent number: 9505144
    Abstract: A piercing mechanism configured to pierce a sealing film of a bread ingredient box includes a bottom seat, a top seat disposed above the bottom seat for supporting the bread ingredient box, and a sawtooth blade disposed on an inner side of the bottom seat. A plurality of spaced-apart support units are disposed on the bottom seat, and each includes an outer support tube, an inner post inserted into the outer support tube and extending out of the bottom seat for abutting against a housing of a bread maker, an outer spring having two opposite ends respectively abutting against the top and bottom seats, and an inner spring having two opposite ends respectively abutting against the inner post and the outer support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhong-Hua Zhang
  • Patent number: 9402409
    Abstract: A mold for forming a frozen pop or molded treat, and a method for forming a frozen pop and frozen pops or molded treats made therefrom are described which include a female mold body defining an interior mold space and having a first open end and a second end; a base having a support surface with an opening extending longitudinally therethrough, the base configured to be positioned around or within the first end of the female mold body and to support by the support surface a frozen pop or molded treat formed in the interior space of the female mold body; and a removable male insert mold body, wherein the male insert mold body is configured to fit through the opening in the support surface in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Shotcicle LLC
    Inventors: Frank Albano, Michael Santangelo
  • Patent number: 9301901
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for orally administering to a recipient a medication, in a liquid form, and a flavor for rendering the medication more palatable to the recipient. A manually-operated liquid dispenser dispenses a measured dose of the medication at an administering head comprised of an edible flavored material placed within a recipient's mouth. A handle is coupled with the dispenser, by inserting either one into a receptacle of the other, and the dispenser is operated manually to dispense the medication through a dispensing outlet located relative to the administering head to assure administering substantially all of the measured dose of medication to the recipient's mouth while flavor is derived from the edible flavored material for being present with the measured dose of medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony J. Diomede
  • Patent number: 9089116
    Abstract: A fish food dispensing assembly includes (i) a handle member; and (ii) a perforated container that is selectively, magnetically linked to the handle member with an aquarium panel therebetween. The perforated container is configured to receive fish food therein and to dispense fish food therefrom in a liquid environment. The fish food dispensing assembly also acts as a cleaner and can be moved with respect to the aquarium in order to clean the aquarium and/or position the fish food dispensing assembly in desired locations for feeding fish within the aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ling Liu Tuan, Charles T. Tuan
  • Patent number: 9034404
    Abstract: A bottled drink includes a cap and a bottle where a granular supplement containing multiple constituents in a stable manner is stored in the cap and a solution suitable for dispersing the granules is filled in the bottle. Granules which contains mutually incompatible multiple chemical agents or nutritional constituents and whose surface is coated with polyglyceryl fatty acid ester are stored in the cap of the bottle and the bottle is filled with a solution whose viscosity at a shear deformation speed of 0.01 s?1 is 10 to 300 Pa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FANCL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Aibe, Masatoshi Honjo, Tatsuo Nakamura, Sachiko Endou
  • Patent number: 9028897
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage extraction filter that can extract in a plurality of extraction machine types. The beverage extraction filter comprises a filter unit (40) where coffee powder is housed and a planar lid unit (41) mounted to the top section of the filter unit (40). The lid unit (41) is formed in a layer structure created by a non-permeable first sheet member (42) positioned on the filter unit side (40) and a permeable second sheet member (43) layered on top of the first sheet member (42), and a hole section (42a) through which hot water is made to pass is formed in the center of the first sheet member (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakagiri, Akira Okada, Tomokazu Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150125576
    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 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 towards the ingredient-containing compartment, said valve being actuated in its open configuration by the injection element (22) of the machine, wherein the one-way valve is either: (i) a spring-mounted ball valve, or alternatively (ii) a flexible resilient O-ring valve mounted in a circular channel of the separating wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nihan Dogan
  • Patent number: 9023412
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a capsule (1) for use with a capsule holder (6) of a food preparation machine, wherein: —said machine comprises a needle (9) supported by a plate, for injection of a jet of fluid inside the capsule, said needle being adapted in shape and size to protrude inside the capsule when said capsule holder is inserted into the machine in order for operation, and said capsule comprises a body with side (2), bottom (4) and top walls (3), said capsule further comprising a top circumferential edge (8), the interface between the needle plate, the capsule holder, and the capsule edge being leaktight, said top wall being sealed onto said circumferential edges and comprises built-in showering means (10) comprising at least one opening, so as to accommodate the needle without piercing and transform the jet of fluid from said needle into at least one jet directed towards the inside of the capsule chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Doleac, Marc Raederer
  • Publication number: 20150118367
    Abstract: A coffee beverage system is described including a first coffee bean packaging cartridge, a second coffee bean cartridge and a coffee brewing apparatus. After a first predetermined number of servings of coffee, transportation component of the first cartridge for transporting coffee beans of the first cartridge to a metering chamber of the system are disabled. The transportation component of the second coffee bean cartridge are not disabled or only disabled after a second predetermined number of servings of coffee which is larger than the first predetermined number of servings of coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Charles Kevin Dillon
  • Publication number: 20150110928
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge includes a bottom wall and at least one sidewall forming a chamber in which a beverage can be prepared from a stored beverage product. The sidewall includes one or more pre-formed openings or openable portions that form exit paths for a prepared beverage upon the introduction of a liquid to the chamber. The pre-formed openings or openable portions are initially covered or sealed by a cover, and provide existing exit paths for prepared beverage upon removal or opening of the cover. The cover is manually removable by a user, or is openable in response to increased fluid pressure in the chamber. Optionally, a filter element is provided inside the cartridge for retaining a used beverage product inside the cartridge as a prepared beverage exits from the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin B. Kihnke
  • Publication number: 20150104546
    Abstract: Soluble coffee preparations proposed are in the form of powders wherein the individual coffee particles have a complete or at least partial coating which dissolves in water in retarded fashion and which comprises not less than 50 wt % of the coffee powder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Mintus, Michael Hahn
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150099042
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a capsule for use in a single serve beverage brewing machine. The capsule forms a chamber with a film cover sealing the chamber for the brewing of a beverage. At the base of the capsule the external wall of the capsule protrudes into the body of the capsule chamber to form a diffuser. The base of the paper filter cup rests on the diffuser. The top rim of the paper filter cup is attached to the film cover. Between the walls of the paper filter cup and the external capsule wall is a vertical flow channel. During the brewing process water initially flows through the extractable ingredient in the paper filter, circulates upward within the vertical flow channel, back through the paper filter, and recirculates through the extractable ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Yisroel Koenig
  • 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: 20150093484
    Abstract: A system, method and capsule are usable for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system includes an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus including a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule includes a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The receptacle includes bottom piercing means intended for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating at least one entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule includes an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product there through. In use, the entrance filter is positioned at a distance from the bottom piercing means, such that the capsule of the system is not pierced by the bottom piercing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 8993022
    Abstract: A carry out food bowl comprising a bowl and a removable cover. The bowl includes a conversion demarcation, which defines a conversion section. The conversion section includes a portion of a sidewall of the bowl and a bottom portion of the bowl. The user would depress the conversion section inward creating a new bowl support surface, wherein the new support surface tilts an opening of the bowl. A condiment container receptacle can be integrated into the cover to retain a condiment container assembly. This associates the condiment with the contents of the bowl. The bowl and lid can include a stacking interface enabling one to attach a second bowl onto a cover of a first bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Allen D. Hertz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150086680
    Abstract: A cup-shaped body comprises a circumferential wall and a first end wall. The first end wall comprises a deepened portion, forming a first recessed space. The first end wall further comprises a projection protruding from said deepened portion into said first recessed space. The body is formed such that identical specimens of the body are slidable into one another. The deepened portion is formed to comprise abutment structure having an abutment condition in which the extent of said slidability of a first one of said specimens into a second one of said specimens is limited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Patent number: 8986761
    Abstract: The disposable capsule for the production of an aromatic beverage comprises a container having a closed base which can be perforated for the inlet of water, and an open base closed by at least a filter through which the beverage can exit, said filter having a peripheral edge applied to a peripheral profile of said open base of the container, the peripheral profile of the open base to which the peripheral edge of said filter conforms having a peripheral development at a variable height with respect to the axis of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Azionaria Construzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Scrivani
  • Patent number: 8986764
    Abstract: A single-use capsule for preparing a food liquid from a food substance contained in the capsule by introducing water in the capsule and passing water through the substance using the centrifugal forces for producing the food liquid which is centrifuged peripherally in the capsule relatively to a central axis of the capsule corresponding to an axis of rotation during the centrifugation. The capsule has upper and bottom walls, a widening side wall connecting to the upper and lower walls and an enclosure containing a predetermined amount of a food substance. The upper wall has a peripheral outlet region which is perforable and dedicated for providing outlets for the release of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Publication number: 20150079241
    Abstract: A portion capsule for producing a beverage is proposed, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element having a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gotthard MAHLICH
  • Publication number: 20150079240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dispensing of a substance from a container by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to (1) a container and (2) the automated method for opening such container and (3) the automated method of dispensing of the contents from such container into a customer receptacle or glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Gian Matteo Lo Foro, John R. Laverack, Yuanli Shentu, Kurt R. Weseman, George E. Riehm, Greg Weaver
  • Patent number: 8980348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unistraw Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20150068405
    Abstract: A capsule includes a first container provided with a first closed cavity containing a first product and a second container provided with a second closed cavity containing a second product. The first container and the second container include a first interface element facing the first cavity and a second interface element facing the second cavity, respectively. The first interface element is provided with a first connecting device having a first conduit and the second interface element is provided with a second connecting device having a second conduit. In an assembled configuration of the capsule, in which the first container is associated with the second container, the first connecting device is engaged with the second connecting device so as to couple the first conduit with the second conduit to make a flow connection between the first cavity and the second cavity and enable at least the first product to pass into the second cavity and join the second product to make a final product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini
  • 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: 8967408
    Abstract: A food container system for a take-out main course food item includes a plastic lid adapted for sealing arrangement with a plastic base and one or more securable inner vessels adapted to hold an accessory food item. The floor of the base includes one or more first vessel-receiving mechanisms designed to locate and receive the bottom of a securable inner vessel. The lid includes one or more second vessel-receiving mechanisms, each designed to receive and engage the top rim of a securable inner vessel when such vessel is received by a first vessel-receiving mechanism and the lid and base are in the sealed arrangement. The engagement of the top rim of a vessel by a second vessel-receiving mechanism of the lid results in a leak resistant seal between the vessel and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Tyberghein
  • Publication number: 20150056341
    Abstract: A capsule is provided containing a dosing agent and a system and process is provided for making capsules containing a dosing agent. The capsule includes a body defining an interior space and an opening, the capsule having ingredients and a dosing agent disposed in the interior space and a cover to seal the opening. The process and system includes depositing ingredients and the dosing agent in the interior space of the capsule and then covering the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Liberatore A. Trombetta, YuCheng Fu, Dennis Dwight Paynter, Stephen Leung
  • Publication number: 20150056340
    Abstract: A capsule is provided for use in a machine for preparing a consumable product from capsules. The capsule includes a body that defines an interior space with an opening. Ingredients are disposed within the interior space for preparing a desired product, a portion of the ingredients being non-permanently bound into a cluster. The cluster acts as a control member for controlling a flow of fluid for a period of time within the capsule. A cover is disposed over the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Liberatore A. Trombetta, YuCheng Fu, Dennis Dwight Paynter, Stephen Leung
  • Publication number: 20150056339
    Abstract: A consumable-product container includes an aseptically sealed body defining an interior volume, an amount of fluid disposed within the interior volume, the amount of fluid having a liquid state and a frozen state, a straw receiving area on the body, the straw receiving area being of a material that is penetrable by a flexible plastic straw, and a removable member that, when removed from the body, creates an opening in the body sized to permit the fluid to escape the interior volume in the frozen state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ed Vaes
  • Patent number: 8962049
    Abstract: Capsule and filter unit for the preparation of a nutritional product in a device adapted to supply liquid in the capsule. The capsule is constructed to have at least one compartment containing nutritional ingredients for the preparation of the nutritional product in combination with the supplied liquid, and a filter adapted for removing contaminants contained in the liquid. The filter is formed as a relatively rigid filter unit that includes a filter membrane and an outlet wall for supporting the filter membrane. The outlet wall has at least one liquid outlet communicating with the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Frédéric Doleac, Sophie Abraham, Yasmine Doudin, Yann Epars, Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Heinz Wyss, Nicolas Bezet, Lucio Scorrano, Nihan Dogan, Alain Meier
  • 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: 20150050392
    Abstract: Method and system of using a drinks device to provide a variety of different types of drink requiring respective mixes of components and water. Drinks containers are arranged to each house separately the required components of a respective drink. Each drinks container is provided with a respective delivery outlet for dispensing a mix of the respective housed components. The drinks device is used to act upon respective drinks containers so as to mix the separately housed components and dispense the mixed components from the respective delivery outlet in conjunction with water from a water dispenser of the drinks device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Barcadi & Company Limited
    Inventors: David Richard Stonehouse, Craig Harvey Nelson, John Antony Stephenson, Carys Eleri Lloyd, Michel Francois Marie Robin, Lawrence Lee Williams
  • Publication number: 20150050393
    Abstract: A spherical container comprising an upper shell, a lower shell, a filter net and a connector. The connector, the upper shell and the lower shell form an airtight spherical cavity. The filter net is fixed within cavities of the connector. The upper surfaces and the lower surfaces of the connector are inwardly recessed to form upper locking slots and lower locking slots. The upper shell and the lower shell are formed respectively with upper locking portions and lower locking portions. Outer walls of the upper locking portions and of the lower locking portions are inwardly recessed to form upper grooves and lower grooves respectively. The connector is formed with upper hooks and lower hooks. Inner wall of the connector extends upwardly and downwardly to form buffer plates tightly fitted with inner walls of the upper shell and of the lower shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Xiuxing Chen
  • Publication number: 20150047509
    Abstract: A capsule and capsule machine are provided for preparing product from capsules. The capsule includes a body that defines an interior space with an opening. Ingredients are disposed within the interior space for preparing a desired product. A cover is disposed over the opening. A visual tag is disposed on at least one of the body and cover. The machine includes a brew chamber adapted to receive a capsule and a reader adapted for reading a visual tag disposed on a capsule when the capsule is disposed in the brew chamber. An injection system is provided for injecting a fluid into the capsule and a controller is provided for controlling the injection system based at least in part by information identified by the reader. A capsule identification system is also provided comprising a plurality of capsule machines and interested parties connected via a remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Liberatore A. Trombetta, Paul Ern-Chang Yang
  • Publication number: 20150050391
    Abstract: A capsule (1) for obtaining beverages is shown, comprising a side wall (5) and an entry surface (6) for the entrance of water under pressure into the capsule (1), wherein the side wall (5) and the entry surface (6) form the containment volume (V) for containing the infusion product (P). The entry surface (6) comprises one or more reduced thickness areas (3) so that, letting water under pressure flow against the entry surface (6), the one or more reduced thickness areas (3) open, so as to allow water under pressure to enter the capsule (1). The capsule (1) may further comprise one or more strengthening ribs (4) provided on the entry surface (6) so as to strengthen the entry surface (6) and simplify the opening of the reduced thickness areas (3) when water under pressure flows against the entry surface (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gino Rapparini
  • Publication number: 20150050394
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product includes at least one disposable capsule; an apparatus comprising a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of fluid to the at least one capsule, a receptacle for accommodating the at least one capsule, and an outlet arrangement for supplying the beverage to a container, such as a cup. The at least one disposable capsule comprises a material barrier for enclosing an inner space comprising the extractable product. The disposable capsule further comprises a displaceable body conceived to interact with the material barrier for discontinuing at least an exit area thereof for enabling passage of the at least a portion of the beverage away from the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 8951590
    Abstract: A tubular bag packaging for bar-shaped food products is made of a film with first and second longitudinal edges. The film has a first seal section at the first longitudinal edge. A flap section at the second longitudinal edge has a second seal section along the second longitudinal edge. The film is closed at the seal sections by forming a continuous back seam in longitudinal direction as a fold-over seam. The film is sealed at transverse edges by transverse seams. The back seam has end face edges adjoining the transverse seams. The flap section has a linear separation cut as a tearing aid disposed on at least one of the end face edges and extending away from the end face edge in longitudinal direction. The film in the area of the second seal section with linear separating cut has a pressure deformation line that extends in longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ritter Schönbuch Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Dieter Hätinger, Johannes Graf
  • Publication number: 20150037470
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule for use in a device for preparing beverages. The invention also relates to an assembly of such a capsule and a device for preparing beverages. The invention further relates to a method for preparing beverages by making use of such an assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: BISERKON HOLDINGS LTD.
    Inventors: Sander Gordon Zweed, Jan Andreae, Antonio Giuseppe Perra, Mark Eric Anton Arthur Klep
  • Patent number: 8940348
    Abstract: A coffee pod which can be used for machines for preparing and dispensing coffee beverages that comprise at least one extraction chamber, and at least one piston for compacting a predetermined amount of ground coffee inserted into the extraction chamber. The pod includes: a predetermined amount of ground coffee compacted into an aggregate of ground coffee beans, having an outer shape suitable for rolling, and preferably a substantially spherical ball shape; and a filter casing formed of at least one pervious, microporous or microperforated sheet or film, trapping and matching the shape of the compacted coffee aggregate. The sheet or film is flexible, having stretchability properties with an elongation at rupture of at least 30% and an ultimate tensile strength of less than 2,000 N/m, and a thickness of at least 150 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Frederic Ferrier, Andre Luciani
  • Publication number: 20150017289
    Abstract: A packaging for dispensing infant food products is disclosed. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a packaging for infant cereal products. The packaging (10) includes a cap (20) having a hinged lid (40) attached to the cap, and a container (50) releasably attachable to the cap. The cap is removable from the container to allow the removal of a desired amount of product in the container. The hinged lid is also openable so that a desired amount of product can be poured therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Kelly Greenberg, Richard Jentis, Tran Nguyen, Jeff Wolford
  • Publication number: 20150017290
    Abstract: A capsule suited to contain inside it a powdered product e.g. powdered coffee) for the preparation of an infusion. The capsule comprises a container closed by a lid. The container is provided with at least a filter of the powdered product/hot water infusion. The capsule is characterized in that it comprises: a central feeding device for feeding a hot liquid according to a substantially vertical direction; said hot liquid being suited to obtain an infusion with said powdered product; and a deflecting device, which is arranged transverse to the hot liquid flow coming from said central feeding device; said deflecting device being supported by the bottom of said container by means of a support device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Raffaele Rondelli
  • Patent number: 8927037
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge includes a bottom wall and at least one sidewall forming a chamber in which a beverage can be prepared from a stored beverage product. The sidewall includes one or more pre-formed openings or openable portions. Openable portions may be scored lines or reduced-thickness lines or regions, which open to form exit paths for a prepared beverage when a compressive force is applied to the sidewall, such as by moving a portion of the bottom wall toward an upper end portion of the cartridge to deform the sidewall and open the openable portions. Where the sidewall instead includes pre-formed openings, these may be initially covered or sealed and provide existing exit paths for prepared beverage upon removal of the cover. Optionally, a filter element is provided inside the cartridge for retaining a used beverage product inside the cartridge as a prepared beverage exits from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin B. Kihnke
  • Patent number: 8920858
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Kate Avrial Yauk, Jo-Ann Clark, Ayse Tulay Massey, Sian Henson, Leonard S. Scarola