Having Destructive Type Opening Utilizing Tearing Appendage Patents (Class 426/123)
  • Patent number: 10160594
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a beverage and connectable to a machine for supplying sanitized liquid to the capsule is disclosed. The capsule includes a product compartment and a spout that includes a housing and a fluid connector adapted to be fluidly connected to the machine and to supply liquid inside the product compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventors: Philippe Baenninger, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Heinz Wyss, Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 9764891
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a multi-chamber cartridge. The multi-chamber cartridge may include two chambers separated by a membrane. The two chambers may include a first chamber storing a first substance is positioned adjacent a second chamber. The multi-chamber cartridge may further include a piercing mechanism mounted within the first chamber. Upon an external force being applied to the piercing mechanism, the piercing mechanism pierces the membrane to allow the first substance to move to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FusionLink, LLC
    Inventors: Victor M. Aviles, Carlos Alvarez, Terrance Kaiserman, Andrew Ferber, Julia Truchsess
  • Patent number: 9572451
    Abstract: A disposable package having a reservoir filled with an ingredient to be combined with a base liquid. The package has a moulded plastic body with a bottom and a circumferential wall. The package is sealed by a top sealing film. The body has a column at its lower end integral with the centre of the bottom. The top sealing film is such that a base liquid feed lance can passed through the film and engage with the upper end of the column to dispense base liquid into the channel of the column. The column has apertures. The bottom has a multitude of filter holes or discharge openings, and a flexible portion around the column. A bottom sealing film is provided which breaks upon relative motion of the column to the lower operative position, creating one or more outflow openings in the film for outflow of the product from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CUPSYSTEM COMPANY B.V.
    Inventor: Roland Waldemar Verbeek
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8911807
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a lid sealed to the compartment. The base member has a gripping portion and the lid has a tab which overlies the gripping portion when the lid is connected to the base member. In one form, the gripping portion of the base member has a plurality of edges that define an outer profile of the gripping portion and expose a portion of a lower surface of the tab. The outer profile limits tacking of the tab to the gripping portion when the lid and base member are cut from respective webs of material. Additionally, a method is provided for assembling a food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bonita M. Hinze, James F. Schmitt, David W. Wiseman, Daniel R. Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 8895090
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: K-Fee System GmbH
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Publication number: 20140295036
    Abstract: A consumer package is disclosed that can be opened with one hand. The packaging can have a finger or thumb loop attached to a panel that allows a user to use a finger of the same hand holding the package to open the package. The finger or thumb loop can be designed to have strength and structural integrity to open the package rather than just to hold the package. The package can have a finger or thumb grip portion attached to the panel to open the package. The package can have a finger or thumb hold attached to the panel to open the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jan R. Lau
  • Patent number: 8778427
    Abstract: A packaging includes a first sheet (1), in the form of a receptacle (2) and a second cover sheet (71), for covering the food product (70) and for sealing the receptacle (2). The first sheet (1) is made from a plastic material and the first ends (53a, 53b) of tear-off guide elements are spaced laterally with regard to each other and define a pull tab (58) in a flap (21). The above is of application for example in the cooking of fondue cheese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fromageries Bel
    Inventor: Sylvain Dal
  • Publication number: 20140030390
    Abstract: The present invention provides a preformed dollop that is inserted into a dollop receptacle and a method for using and manufacturing the preformed dollop in the dollop receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Coyle, Howard Wurster, Jim Faller, Kaitlyn Higgins
  • Publication number: 20130295242
    Abstract: A flexible package (14) comprises one or more lengths of flexible material (16) arranged to define an internal cavity closed by means of seals (18, 22, 24) in which opposed regions of the material are bonded together. At least one seal (22) has a tab portions (30) in which the material is not bonded to an opposing region of material. The material (16) has directional tear characteristics and is oriented so as to tear preferentially in a direction orthogonal to the direction of said seal. The package is opened by pulling the tab portions (30) so that the material tears along either side of the tab portions in the manner of a tear strip. The material (16) may consist exclusively of a single layer of monoaxially oriented polypropylene film. The tab portions (30) may be formed in an end seal (22) so that material tears in a longitudinal direction of the package. The package may be a flow wrapped package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Parbinder Cheema
  • Patent number: 8550093
    Abstract: A package for tobacco material includes a portion of tobacco material, a wrapper enclosing the portion of tobacco material, a rigid base portion and at least one resealable adhesive label sealing the wrapper around the portion of tobacco material. The wrapper is formed of a flexible sheet material. The package may include an opening strip defined by one or more lines of weakness in the wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Sandrine Saint-Girons, Dan Brady, Steve Sayers
  • Patent number: 8541081
    Abstract: An easy-open, reclosable package includes a tray with tray liner; a product; and a lidstock, including a substrate including a first layer of high modulus thermoplastic material, and a second layer including an oxygen barrier; and a coextruded film including a first layer including a blend of from 80% to 88% ionomer resin, and from 12% to 20% olefinic polymer, a second layer including a pressure sensitive adhesive, and optionally a third layer including a polymeric adhesive; wherein the first layer of the coextruded film is sealed to the tray liner; the coextruded film is adhered to an inner surface of the substrate film; and after the package is opened, and the pressure sensitive adhesive is exposed, the package can be reclosed by adhering the adhesive to a portion of the first layer of the coextruded film that remained sealed to the tray liner when the package was opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Sumita Sanjeevi Ranganathan, Blake L Westmoreland, Andrew W Moehlenbrock, Amy Joe Frost, Vivian Ann Shaver, Debra Chandler Karam
  • Publication number: 20130209623
    Abstract: A sachet for pieces of fruit is in the form of a tubular sachet made of transparent plastic suitable for food, which has, when empty and laid flat, a rectangular shape and in which pieces of dried fruit (MF) are collected, not under vacuum. The sealed sachet, filled with pieces of fruit, is subjected to a brief microwave treatment in order to block the development of microbes and to inhibit enzymes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Laurent Beaumont
  • Publication number: 20130156900
    Abstract: A packaged product has an easy-open packaging article surrounding and adhering to a cooked meat product. The packaging article comprises a multilayer film having a first layer that is a seal layer which is an inside layer of the package and a second layer that bonds to the first layer with a bond strength of at least 36 grams per inch. The second layer, or a third layer with the second layer being between the first layer and the third layer, comprises a tear-enhancing component comprising at least one member selected from the group consisting of an inorganic filler and an incompatible polymer blend. The layer comprising the filler and/or incompatible polymer blend allows the package to be torn open without delamination occurring between the seal layer and the tie layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Sumita S. Ranganathan, Rodney R. Hudgson, Michael J. Rosinski, Richard Keith Watson, Terry Lee Troutt, David Michael Finley, Diana L. Huerta
  • Patent number: 8464632
    Abstract: A cartridge, particularly for espresso coffee machines, for extracting a beverage from a particulate substance contained therein by means of water under pressure is provided. The cartridge comprises a main body with a cup portion and a lid portion. The cup portion comprises a base, a sidewall and a rim opposed to the base, while the lid portion is fixedly attached to the rim of the cup portion so as to define an internal volume of the cartridge. The internal volume of the cartridge houses the particulate substance comprised within filtering means for retaining the particulate substance and for percolating fluid substances therethrough. The lid portion comprises a normally closed lid port defining a first passage for percolation fluid substances when it is opened. The cartridge further comprises a tappet arranged inside the internal volume so as to pierce the base when a pressure is applied to the base towards the internal volume, thus opening a normally closed cup port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Illycaffe' S.p.A.
    Inventors: Furio Suggi Liverani, Luca Mastropasqua, Frans Van Eeden, Bruno Dellapietra
  • Publication number: 20130142917
    Abstract: A consumer-oriented method of processing and packaging single serving packages is provided that improves convenience and safety, reduces pathogens and spoilage, and promotes improved dietary intake, while extending refrigerated shelf life, wherein fruit is processed to create ready-to-eat single serving packages of preservative-free fruit pieces that may be readily consumed without utensils, and which may include a cold pasteurization processing step that significantly extends refrigerated shelf life beyond that attainable using conventional fruit processing methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Cyrus A. SEPEHR
  • Patent number: 8202559
    Abstract: An improved method of preparing vegetables intended for microwave cooking allows a hot, cooked vegetable to be easily removed from an enveloping film. The vegetables are cleaned and seasonings and cooking aids such as oils are optionally applied to the vegetable. Then the prepared vegetables are enclosed by and sealed into a plastic film. The film protects the vegetable from excess desiccation and provides a “built-in” container for microwave cooking. The film includes an opening system for safely releasing the vegetable after cooking. A tear-strip includes an edge or tab for grasping so that the film can be opened by a simple pull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Progressive Produce Corporation
    Inventor: James K. Leimkuhler
  • Publication number: 20120070543
    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: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Publication number: 20120058231
    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: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Ritter Schoenbuch Vermoegensverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Dieter Hätinger, Johannes Graf
  • Publication number: 20110177213
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a flow wrapped packaging (1) for a food product (10), said packaging (1) being of a flexible material and having a substantially rectangular shape, the packaging (1) being folded around the food product (10) and being sealed on at least three side portions (L1,B1,B2) of the packaging (1), wherein a longitudinal sealed side portion (L1) of the packaging (1) extends two free adjacent flap portions (5a, 5b) extending freely from the sealed portion (2b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Peter Muller, Stephane Hentzel, Jenny Maria Juniwik Vaney
  • Patent number: 7968133
    Abstract: The invention concerns an element including: 1 sheet (1) including an intermediate zone (29) located between two zones designed to form side walls (9, 11), the intermediate zone (29) being designed to form a flap folded along the tip against one first (9) of the side walls, and elements (51a, 51b) for guiding tears in the sheet (1) the elements forming a single pull tab (58) to cause tears, the pull tab (58) being, in the intermediate zone, spaced apart from the media axis (A) of the zone designed to form the base (3). The invention is, for example, applicable to packaging of melted cheese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Fromageries Bel
    Inventors: Sylvain Dal, Jean-Claude Weber
  • Publication number: 20110111099
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a lid sealed to the compartment. The base member has a gripping portion and the lid has a tab which overlies the gripping portion when the lid is connected to the base member. In one form, the gripping portion of the base member has a plurality of edges that define an outer profile of the gripping portion and expose a portion of a lower surface of the tab. The outer profile limits tacking of the tab to the gripping portion when the lid and base member are cut from respective webs of material. Additionally, a method is provided for assembling a food container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Bonita M. Hinze, James F. Schmitt, David W. Wiseman
  • Patent number: 7882991
    Abstract: A food container particularly configured for use with food products having a refuse component, such as sunflower seeds having shells and cherries having pits. The food container comprises an inner cup having a wall that encloses a receptacle that is open at the top and a chamber that is closed at the bottom. A divider separates the chamber, which stores the food product for consumption, from the receptacle, which receives the refuse. The inner cup is rotatably received in a sleeve. The consumer rotates the sleeve to align an outer opening thereon with an inner opening on the inner cup to dispense food product from the chamber. A cover closes the outer opening and prevents rotation of the sleeve. A beverage can be served in the receptacle. An indexing mechanism and a rotation mechanism can be incorporated into the food container. The food product chamber can include a freshness seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Frederick M. Schechter
  • Patent number: 7862841
    Abstract: A multiple serving container shaped to incorporate an opening dimensionally sized to fit within the opening of the typical plastic liquid containers used for bottling water, fruit juice and soda. The serving container fitting inside an opening into the liquid container allows transfer of contents without spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michael D Boyd
  • Publication number: 20100272868
    Abstract: Multi-chambered food containers having and methods of using same are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a multi-chambered food container having a first chamber, a second chamber, and a peelable seal separating the first and the second chambers. The second chamber can have a food component stored therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Leslie Krysty, Mark Green, Greg Ische, Bradley Rentfrow
  • Patent number: 7763296
    Abstract: Described is a cone-shaped food item and systems and methods for packaging and dispensing the same. A preferred food item includes a cone-shaped edible food element such as a cone-shaped waffle, a cone-shaped external wrap for covering the food element, a foodstuff filling received within the edible food element, and a lid for covering an open upper end of the food element. Systems for assembling and dispensing the food item can include assembling the food element and optionally storing the food element originally in an inverted position wherein the foodstuff to be received internally of the cone-shaped food element is originally contained within the lid and thus not in substantial contact with the waffle or other conical food element. This can help to maintain the integrity of the cone-shaped food element during assembly and maintenance prior to distribution to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Judith N. Stimson
  • Publication number: 20100136179
    Abstract: A pouched liquid food product from which a delicious dish can be cooked with a microwave oven without the color, smell, texture and the like of the food ingredients being harmed has a pouch having a zipper portion and a steam venting mechanism. The pouch is filled with a liquid food and sealed, and a liquid substance in the liquid food has a viscosity at 60° C. of 0.1 to 10 Pa·s.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicants: Q.P. CORPORATION, AOHATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Mochizuki, Aoi Saito, Atsushi Kanemaru, Yoshihiro Yoshida, Shingo Masai
  • Patent number: 7695788
    Abstract: A sealed rectangular parallelepiped polypropylene conditioning package with fast tear-off opening for pasty products likely to melt into a semi-liquid state, in particular cheese, includes a first sheet (1) cut out along a suitable contour and having a rectangular shell-type shape for receiving the product and for providing a gripping corner (2) for opening the package, a cover sheet and two tear-off strips (5,6). The gripping corner (2) has a triangular projection formed on one of the sides of the first sheet cut out into an octagonal shape and the tear-off strips (5, 6) form a pointed U shape whereof the tip is located in the triangular projection, thereby making it easy and simple to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Fromageries Bel
    Inventors: Sylvain Dal, René Blatter
  • Publication number: 20100086652
    Abstract: An hermetic package for food products (P), such as confectionary products, chocolates, pralines, chocolate eggs, etc., including a wrapper of sheet material airtight sealed (2) around the product (P) and having one, or preferably two, extremity portions (3) twisted bow-like according to a general candy-like configuration. The bow or each bow (3) has a distal edge (3a) with a zigzag patterned or other shaped incision (4) susceptible of providing a triggering point for the tearing of the wrapper. Preferably, the wrapping material is an oriented film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: SOREMARTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Sergio Mansuino
  • Publication number: 20090269450
    Abstract: A reclosable flexible package is suitable for retail sale of food products and is comprised of a film material. The flexible package includes a pair of semi-rigid strips attached to the walls of the flexible pouch and positioned parallel to the package opening. The semi-rigid strips are configured and arranged to nest together and bias toward one another. Upon opening of the package, the semi-rigid strips are moveable between a closed position and an open position. Further, the semi-rigid strips are configured such that they automatically reclose the package when the strips are released from the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Zerfas, Jin Zhang Tam, Peter Matthew Foltz, Ryon Scott Lockhart, Lane Charles Taber, JR., Daniel John Little, Scott Wesley Wiltz
  • Patent number: 7585528
    Abstract: A package for containing a product such as meat. The package includes top and bottom opposing flexible chamber sheets. These sheets are sealed together in a selected chamber seal zone to define a watertight chamber portion that is capable of containing the product. A hollow frame circumscribes the chamber portion. The frame supports the chamber portion when the frame is inflated. The need for a rigid tray may be eliminated by the inventive package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Isabella Ferri, Riccardo Palumbo, Stefano Santagostino, Andrea Granili, Carmen Roveda
  • Publication number: 20090178945
    Abstract: A laminated lidstock includes a substrate film, a support web; a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed between the substrate and support webs, and covering the substrate film and support web except for a clear area disposed near one end of the laminated lidstock; a first die cut disposed in the substrate film; a second die cut disposed in the support web; a pull tab; and a tamper evidence device including an end portion of the support web, defined by a first end, a first side edge, and a second side edge of the package made from the laminated lidstock, and the second die cut, capable of indicating tampering of the package upon removal of the tamper evidence device from the support web; wherein at least one of the substrate film and the support web carries a registration device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock, Debra C. Karam, Douglas Wilson, Chad Stephens
  • Publication number: 20090017172
    Abstract: A reclosable animal feed container is disclosed. The reclosable animal feed container comprises a flexible body defining a cavity to contain animal feed and having a closed bottom portion and a top portion; a removable portion coupled to the top portion removable to define an opening that provides access to animal feed contained within the body; and a closure device coupled to the body proximate the top portion and comprising a first deformable member extending from a first side of the body. The opening is reclosable by providing one or more folds to the top portion of the body and bending the first deformable member to engage the first side of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Frank A. Ziacik, JR., Jodi A. Huppert, Jennifer L.G. van de Ligt
  • Publication number: 20080199570
    Abstract: A package (1) for touch-sensitive foodstuff products (P), such as chocolates or pralines, comprises:—a tray-like container (2) made of elastically deformable material that is able to receive a first part of the product (P) and has a mouth edge (3) that surrounds the product (P), allowing a substantial part thereof to emerge therefrom; and—a film (4) made of a material that is tearable and deformable in a plastic way, shaped according to a general dome-like conformation so as to contain, in the absence of stresses, the aforesaid substantial part of the product (P) emerging from the mouth edge (3) of the tray-like container (3); the tray-like container (2) and the film (4) are connected to one another in conditions of hermetic seal at the mouth edge (3) of the tray-like container (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: SOREMARTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Milano
  • Publication number: 20080175961
    Abstract: Microwavable and/or boilable packaged corn-on-the-cob includes one or more ears of fresh, shucked or partially shucked corn, each individually enveloped in an at least partially gas-impermeable and at least partially moisture impermeable transparent film that may be suited for microwave cooking and boiling and may include an easy-open strip. Each of the enveloped one or more ears is placed vertically in a shank-down orientation in a holder having at least one compartment for holding an ear of corn. The at least one ear of corn can be secured in the compartment by a suitable means. Units of packaged corn can be placed into a shipping container with the ears arranged vertically with the shank end down to minimize physical damage during shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Whittles, Hunter W. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 7294354
    Abstract: A gas release container comprises a container body having a bottom wall and a side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall and terminating at an upper edge, a removable closure affixed to the upper edge in a substantially gas-tight manner, and a gas release valve in a wall of the container body and operable to release gas from the container when the pressure differential between the interior and the exterior of the container is sufficient to open the valve. The removable closure can include a flexible gas-barrier membrane sealed to the upper edge of the container body. A lower surface of the membrane and the upper edge of the side wall comprise heat-sealable polymer materials, and the membrane is heat-sealed to the upper edge, preferably by induction sealing. The closure can include an overcap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: James Gunter, Floyd Needham, James Scannella
  • Patent number: 7226628
    Abstract: A thin sheet of sealed coffee grounds comprises a plurality of filter packs, a rigid substrate sheet, a flexible barrier sheet sealed to the substrate sheet via a plurality of ring-shaped seals to form a plurality of chambers to contain the plurality of filter packs, a plurality of cut lines outside the plurality of seals for isolating the chambers from one another, and a plurality of grippable tabs for dispensing the filter packs from the thin sheet. The grippable tabs are adapted to allow a user to dispense a filter pack at a time from the thin sheet by simply pulling a grippable tab to open a chamber and release the filter pack therein. The substrate sheet has a smooth top surface in one aspect of the invention and a plurality of cylindrical cavities sealed by the flexible barrier sheet via the ring-shaped seals in another aspect of the invention. In a further aspect of the invention the plurality of filter packs in the thin sheet is replaced by a plurality of portions of loose coffee grounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Edward Z. Cai
  • Patent number: 7163706
    Abstract: A method of packaging a food product for retail sale includes forming a bag of sheet material and inserting a food product into the bag. The bag includes a ventilated, reclosable closure arranged to secure the bag against loss of bag contents that has first and second bands of fastener elements placed to form the ventilated, reclosable closure along an opening of the bag. The closure allows an amount of air into and out of the bag with the bag in a closed position after the bag has been opened at the opening to access the food product. The first band of fastener elements is an array of male fastener elements with stems extending from a base and heads arranged to engage a field of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: William H. Shepard, Howard A. Kingsford
  • Patent number: 7101079
    Abstract: A reclosable bag for filling with at least one food product. The reclosable bag generally includes at least one sheet of web material having at least two areas of structural weakness. At least one fold structure is located between and defined by the two areas of structural weakness. An opening is located generally opposite the fold structure. The reclosable bag further includes a reclosable fastener structure having an integral skirt structure of skirt web material extending therefrom. The integral skirt structure includes a distal margin. The distal margin is coupled to the web material at, at least one location between the areas of structural weakness and the opening. The reclosable fastener structure extends past the areas of structural weakness and into the fold structure. The reclosable bag capable of being filled with at least one food product through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Sargento Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Strand, Karl L. Linck, Judy Fischer, Thomas J. Spaeth, Jerry D. Kolbe
  • Patent number: 7077291
    Abstract: The present invention provides a package assembly that incorporates a foamable topping under pressure and provides the consumer with a fresh, foamed topping when the package is opened. In one version, the topping material is carried under pressure on top of the liquid contents of the package, and foams when the package is opened. In other versions the topping is carried within the cap or cover of the package, and is selectively dispensed by the consumer after the package has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventors: Scott A. Bell, James E. Hawes
  • Patent number: 7005150
    Abstract: A beverage container configured from a front and a rear surface portion, a base portion, and a pair of gusset portions. The gusset portions configure side portions of the container by being sealed to mutually confronting edge portions of the front and rear surface portions and the base portion. The upper portions of the front and rear surface portions configure a neck portion that has a more slender shape than the remainder of the front and rear surface portions and that extends in a single direction. A notch is formed in the edge sealed portion of the neck portion. The front and rear surface portions are sealed directly together at a predetermined region corresponding to the notch without the gusset portions existing therebetween. A straw extends from and is positioned within the neck portion. The neck portion can be opened from the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Hosokawa Yoko, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Raizo Kuge, Toru Ichikawa, Susumu Niwa, Shuzo Adachi
  • Patent number: 6799715
    Abstract: A sliceable product container device for sectioning a container of ice cream into equal portions. The sliceable product container device includes a container having a base wall and also having a plurality of band members forming a side wall of the container and having a base band member being securely attached upon the base wall; and also includes a plurality of peal-able sealing strips for removably attaching the band members together to form the side wall of the container; and further includes a lid being removably disposed upon the container; and also includes a fastening strip being attached to the band members; and further includes an assembly of cutting ice cream into sections for easy removal from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bennett, Toni L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6790508
    Abstract: A sheet composed of multiple films for providing peel-off lids for containers comprising a first film set of films, with a film layer of aluminum, an external polythene film and an internal orientated plastic film; a second film set heat-sealed to the edge of a container to be closed, with a pre-perforated polyester film coupled, by an adhesive, to a non-perforated polythene film heat-sealed to the edge of the container; and a hot-extruded polythene layer interposed between the two film sets to couple the last polyester film of the first film set and the first polyester film of the second film set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: BP Europack S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Razeti
  • Publication number: 20040115317
    Abstract: Method for opening a sealed container having a foodstuff therein, wherein the container comprises a plurality of walls, at least one of which can be perforated. At least one of the walls is opened from the inside towards the outside. It is also disclosed a sealed container (10) for a foodstuff product, wherein the container comprise a plurality of walls (1, 2, 3) one of which (2) at least can be perforated from the inside towards the outside of the container (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Luca Majer Doglioni
  • Patent number: 6749877
    Abstract: A heat resistant and heat sealable tear tape that can be used with a plastic package. The tear tape comprises a layer of an oriented film and a layer of a polymer sealant material. The polymer sealant has a melt temperature of below approximately 220° F. A plastic package can be made having a tear tape to provide a hermetically sealed package with a tear tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Flexible Europe
    Inventors: Jay D. Hodson, Steven Andrew Willis, Greg John Seeke
  • 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: 6648163
    Abstract: A package for foodstuffs including a cup and a lid. The cup includes an opening surrounded by a flange. The flange has a sealing surface adjacent the opening and a beveled surface spaced outwardly of the sealing surface. The beveled surface extends along a periphery of the flange. The sealing surface has an inner radius R1 and an outer radius R2, the outer radius R2 defining the juncture between the sealing surface and the beveled surface. The beveled surface extends at a predetermined angle with respect to the sealing surface. The lid includes a tab extending outward of the periphery of the flange. The lid is affixed to the sealing surface thereby sealing the opening of the cup. The lid is not affixed to a substantial portion of the beveled surface. The lid and the sealing surface are adapted to release upon exertion of a predetermined pulling force on the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Porter, III, Terry L. Koberstein, David K. Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 6610338
    Abstract: A multi layered packaging material (10) comprises a first inner layer C and a second outer layer A. The inner layer has a line of weakness 34 extending there along while the second outer layer A is substantially intact along the line of weakness. In the packaging material 10, the line of weakness is formed by two pieces of material C1, C2 with their edges in substantial abutment, the abutted edges creating the line of weakness. Bags 20, 30, 40, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 130, 140, 150 may be formed from the packaging material. However, the bags so formed are not limited to having the line of weakness created by abutting edges in the inner layer C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Teckson International Limited
    Inventor: Luen Sing Tang
  • Patent number: 6544569
    Abstract: A rice ball wrapper comprises an outer film, an inner film and a sheet of food sandwiched between the two films. The inner film comprising two film pieces having opposed sides lapping over each other at an approximate widthwise midportion of the wrapper. The outer film is provided at an approximate longitudinal and widthwise central portion thereof with tabs for tearing the film from the central portion to longitudinal opposite ends thereof. The tabs are formed by an incision made in the film through the thickness thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventors: Makoto Suzuki, Eiichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6516995
    Abstract: Chocolates are wrapped individually by a method that involves feeding single wrapping sheets along a first path in a first direction spaced at a selected pitch, in such a way that the trailing edge of one wrapping sheet and the leading edge of the next are distanced one from another, and at the same time feeding a continuous ribbon in a second direction along a second path that merges with the first path at an assembling station where the ribbon is stably united with the sheets; ribbon and sheet then advance together in a third direction, along which the ribbon is divided into discrete slivers by repeated cuts, each made between the trailing edge of one sheet and the leading edge of the next and at a distance such that each sliver will present a portion projecting from the trailing edge of the wrapping sheet to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Hershey Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora