Three Or More Layered Diverse Packaging Materials Having At Least One Metal Layer Patents (Class 426/126)
  • Patent number: 10038111
    Abstract: An assembly that includes a barrier film interposed between a first polymeric film substrate and a first major surface of a pressure sensitive adhesive layer is provided. The first polymeric film substrate has a first coefficient of thermal expansion that is, in some embodiments, up to 50 parts per million per Kelvin. The pressure sensitive adhesive layer has a second major surface opposite the first major surface that is disposed on a second polymeric film substrate. The second polymeric film substrate is typically resistant to degradation by ultraviolet light. In some embodiments, the second polymeric film substrate has a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is at least 40 parts per million per Kelvin higher than the first coefficient of thermal expansion. The assembly is transmissive to visible and infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mark D. Weigel, Mark A. Roehrig, Alan K. Nachtigal, Samuel Kidane, Andrew J. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9951191
    Abstract: A polymer composite and its method of manufacture using a recycled multilayer material. An example of the recycled multilayer material is comprised of a polyethylene/polyethylene terephthalate/aluminum film that may be extruded with organic filler to obtain desirable performance in wood-substitute products such as deck boards, railing, fencing, pergolas, residential cladding/siding, sheet products, and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CPG International LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Stanhope, Burch E. Zehner, Bryan K. Buhrts
  • Patent number: 9926098
    Abstract: Blanks and paper products made therefrom are provided. In one aspect, the blank for forming a paper product can include a paperboard substrate and a film. At least a portion of the film can be secured to the paperboard substrate with an adhesive disposed between the paperboard substrate and the film. A peel strength of less than 330 g/2.54 cm at a temperature of 23° C. can be required to separate the film secured to the paperboard substrate with the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Gregory M. Fike
  • Patent number: 9863618
    Abstract: A configurable planar lighting system includes a system track and at least one, and preferably more than one, very thin profile planar light module attachable at selectable positions along the system track. The thin profile planar light module holds a very thin area light source, which is electrified when the planar fixture module is attached to the system track. The configurable planar lighting system can be mounted and configured on a wall without surrounding structures or to the underside of a counter, cabinet, shelf or the like. The configurable planar lighting system can also act as a shelf for light objects such as decorative objects, and can be used for task lighting or display lighting or both in versatile configurations. In under-structure applications, the lighting system can be mounted to provide configurable lighting without the physical parts of the system being visible at normal viewing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Y. Y. Ngai, Michael Trung Tran
  • Patent number: 9056963
    Abstract: This invention relates to alkoxylated Bisphenol A compositions containing low residual amounts of Bisphenol A. The present invention also relates to methods for making such alkoxylated compositions containing low residual amounts of Bisphenol A, as well as uses for such compositions. The alkoxylated compositions containing low residual amounts of Bisphenol A may be utilized in packaging applications (such as indirect and/or direct food contact packaging), printing inks, container linings, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MILLIKEN & COMPANY
    Inventor: Ricky Lee Ritz
  • Publication number: 20150132447
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new, adhesively bonded packaging system for foods, more particularly for dairy products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Christof Van Sluijs, Ivette Garcia Castro, Cedric Du Fresne Von Hohenesche, Meik Ranft
  • Publication number: 20150086681
    Abstract: A system for making a personalized malt-based beverage may comprise at least one packaged base liquid and at least one separately packaged flavor ingredient. The at least one packaged base liquid may comprise at least about 0.1% wt ethyl alcohol, at least about 3% wt malt extract solids, and a carbon dioxide level between about zero grams per liter and about 1.5 grams per liter. The separately packaged flavor ingredient may comprise a dry ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ANHEUSER-BUSCH, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome PELLAUD, Frank Z. HELLWIG, James P. KEANE, Wilfried LOSSIGNOL, Aaron PENN, Patrick O'RIORDAN
  • Publication number: 20140227400
    Abstract: A multi-layer seal material comprising a layer of paper or pulp, next to a layer of polymer, next to a layer of metal foil, next to a layer of adhesive polymer, the seal containing micro-holes allowing the seal to be breathable. A method of making a sealed container is also described by forming the multi-layer seal material described above, using laser drilling to generate the micro-holes in the seal material, placing the adhesive polymer layer of the multi-layer seal material onto a container filled with product material, heating the seal material to bond the seal to the container, thereby forming a product filled container having a breathable seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: H.J. HEINZ COMPANY
    Inventor: Fazal Imam Farooqui
  • Publication number: 20130142918
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage substance cartridge, a tea filtering apparatus, a beverage producing equipment, a beverage producing system and a beverage producing method to solve the problem in the present technology that people eat tea leaf powder when drinking tea from present tea brewing equipment and it is troublesome to clear away tea leaf powder in the equipment. The invention could efficiently filter tea leaves and get rid of the trouble of clearing away used tea leaves manually. The beverage substance cartridge is used in conjunction with the tea filtering apparatus, the piercing point of the triangular pyramid structure could pierce the sealing cover of the beverage substance cartridge and then form matrix-shaped filtering holes in the sealing cover, brewed tea water could flow out, and used tea leaf is left in the extracting cartridge, so the filtering process is simple and convenient without clearing away tea leaves manually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: TEATEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangsheng Ye, Yusheng Shi
  • Patent number: 8445046
    Abstract: A method for packaging crabmeat including the steps of providing a flexible pouch, placing a volume of crabmeat into the flexible pouch, controlling a volume of ambient air in the flexible pouch to obtain an ambient air to crabmeat ratio within the flexible pouch of about 13-20% by volume, sealing the flexible pouch to maintain the ambient air to crabmeat ratio within the flexible pouch, and pasteurizing the flexible pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: John Keeler & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John Keeler, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8414997
    Abstract: An absorbent insert has an upper cover layer, a lower cover layer, and an absorption layer for liquids, wherein the absorption layer is positioned between the upper and lower layers. At least one of the two cover layers is a film and has a three-dimensional structure and liquid-permeable openings. The absorbent insert is sealed at least partially along outer edges of the absorbent insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: McAirlaid's Vliesstoffe GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130078344
    Abstract: A method for packaging crabmeat including the steps of providing a flexible pouch, placing a volume of crabmeat into the flexible pouch, controlling a volume of ambient air in the flexible pouch to obtain an ambient air to crabmeat ratio within the flexible pouch of about 13-20% by volume, sealing the flexible pouch to maintain the ambient air to crabmeat ratio within the flexible pouch, and pasteurizing the flexible pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: John Keeler & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John Keeler & Co., Inc.
  • Patent number: 8337922
    Abstract: A method for packaging crabmeat is provided. In a first embodiment, the method comprises providing a packaging vessel, placing crab meat into the vessel, adjusting the volume of air within the vessel to obtain an air to meat ratio of essentially 20 percent by volume, sealing the packaging vessel, and then pasteurizing the sealed vessel to achieve desired end results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: John Keeler & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John Keeler, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8133517
    Abstract: A microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product comprising: a flexible microwave-safe plastic packing bag which is vacuumed to a pressure of 50 to 600 mmHg and, in the pressure-reduced state, hermetically sealed; an open-topped plastic box placed in said packing bag; and a sushi product placed in said box; said vacuum-packed frozen sushi product being such that a space is formed in said packing bag in the pressure-reduced state around said sushi product and the space has, in total, a volume 0.1 to 0.7 times that of said sushi product; an inner surface of said packing bag is in contact with an upper surface of said sushi product; and said packing bag, said box and said sushi product are frozen together in a unified form. Water vapor generated during thawing is allowed to flow through a space formed between the sushi material and the box and the packing bag to heat a rice section and a material or materials, thereby providing the sushi product with diminished unevenness in temperature distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Polar Star Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Ishino, Hironobu Kadoya
  • Patent number: 8114452
    Abstract: There is provided a microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product comprising: a flexible plastic packing bag which is vacuumed to a pressure of 50 to 600 mmHg and, in the pressure-reduced state, hermetically sealed; an open-topped plastic box placed in the plastic packing bag; a laminated metal foil placed on the bottom of the plastic box; and a sushi product placed in the plastic box with its sushi material or materials in contact with the laminated metal foil; the microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product being such that an inner surface of the plastic packing bag is in contact with a rice section of the sushi product; and the plastic packing bag, the plastic box, the laminated metal foil and the sushi product are frozen together in a unified form, in which water vapor emanating from the sushi product in the thawing flow through a space formed around the sushi product to effect heating of the rice section and the sushi material or materials of the sushi product, thereby diminishing temperature uneve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Polar Star Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Ishino, Hironobu Kadoya
  • Publication number: 20110159157
    Abstract: Vegetable or fruit pulp is produced by treating pieces of fruit or vegetable so as to obtain a purée; keeping the purée under agitation conditions at a temperature ranging from room temperature to 60° C. for 5-40 minutes, at a pH from 2.6 to 2.9; filling the purée into a flexible bag formed of a sheet material comprising three layers of food-grade plastic film and one layer of aluminium foil sandwiched between the layers of plastic film, creating a vacuum inside said flexible bag at a vacuum value of not less than 0.2 bar, then immediately sealing the bag and submitting it to heat treatment. The heat treatment step includes a first sub-step of 15-25 minutes duration to rapidly bring the package up to a temperature of 105° C., a second sub-step of 5-15 minutes duration to hold the package at that temperature, and a third sub-step of 5-15 minutes duration to rapidly cool the package down to a temperature of 4° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: ALTRECONSERVE SRL
    Inventors: Alberto De Rocco, Michele Calzavara
  • Publication number: 20100310731
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a closed container formed of substantially rigid plastic, and a wrapper that is loosely disposed fully about the closed container. This wrapper may also have twist ties on opposing ends thereof. This apparatus may be used to provide packaging for a retail commodity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Robert Jonathan Manning, Cesar Cristiano Costa, Mayra Yamamoto, Camila Morales Duarte, Claudine de Sa Botelho Pinto
  • Patent number: 7824749
    Abstract: A heat-sealable peelable multi-layer laminated polymeric film comprising a polymeric substrate layer having on one side thereof a polymeric heat-sealable peelable layer and having on the opposite side thereof a polymeric shrinkable layer, wherein said shrinkable layer has a degree of shrinkage in a first dimension of about 10-80% over the temperature range 55 to 100° C., a ratio of shrinkage at 100° C. said first dimension relative to a second, orthogonal dimension in the range of 1:1 to 10:1, and further comprising one or two intermediate layer(s) wherein an intermediate layer is disposed between the substrate layer and the shrinkable layer and/or between the substrate layer and the heat-sealable peelable layer, and one or more layer(s) of an electrically conductive material; and use thereof as packaging for ovenable meals or as a lid on an ovenable container wherein the packaging is self-peeling and self-venturing during a cooking cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Dupont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Mark Edward Dawes
  • Patent number: 7824720
    Abstract: Container for heating food in an electrical bread toaster or other radiant heating device comprises a closed or partially open pouch formed of flexible sheet material comprising a woven fabric, such as glass or KEVLAR fibers, coated or impregnated with an electrically non-conductive heat resistant material, for example PTFE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Planit Products Limited
    Inventor: Guy Darrell Unwin
  • Publication number: 20100233327
    Abstract: A system and method for formulating compositions of concentrated liquid sugar that are provided in individual serving sizes in recyclable and compostable packaging, which are configured for ease of use. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, the liquid sugar composition comprises at the very least a predetermined ratio of a finite amount of natural, organic, pure cane sugar or natural sugar substitute, to a finite amount of water. The composition of liquid sugar in accordance with the preferred embodiment has a brix degree measurement greater than 67.5. The preferred compositions of concentrated liquid sugar are formulated with different ingredients that are configured to sweeten a desired drink uniformly, while dissolving instantly and without diluting it unnecessarily and spoiling its natural taste. Moreover, these preferred compositions of liquid sugar are completely devoid of any taste other than that of natural sugar, nor do they have any discernible color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Seth J. Hersh
  • Publication number: 20100196550
    Abstract: Packaged chocolate confectionery products and method described herein provide substantially increased stability and shelf life. The packaging and method is particularly suited for extending the stability and shelf life of chocolate confectionery items comprising a first chocolate component and a second component comprising a food ingredient, such as nuts, wafers, biscuits, liqueurs, fruit fillings, fat-containing fillings, and combinations thereof. The package comprises a rigid thermoformed or injection formed container having at least one recessed area surrounded by a peripheral sealing rim. A membrane, which is substantially impervious to oxygen and moisture, is sealed to the peripheral sealing rim. The container is formed of a thermoplastic laminate including at least one oxygen barrier layer, which is positioned between at least one inner and at least one outer polymer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Melissa Navarro Mussumeci, Claudine de Sá Botelho Pinto
  • Patent number: 7722937
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a material, such as a plastic film, is used to separate independent food elements. The independent food elements and the separation material are packaged together using a unifying outer package. At a point in time when the customer decides to eat the food, the outer package is opened and the film that separates the different food elements is removed, either manually or automatically. This marks the first point in time that the separate elements come into contact with each other. Therefore, the food product is maintained at the highest level of integrity until the time of usage by the customer. Methods and a machine for layering the contents of the packages so as to form a completed assembly for the packaged elements is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Munroe Chirnomas
  • Publication number: 20080317908
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combination of at least one three-dimensional food product and a tray member for displaying the food product thereon. The tray member includes a support base and at least one first retaining member. The food product includes at least a bottom surface arranged so as to rest on the support base and at least one second retaining member. The first and second retaining members are complementarily shaped and arranged to adjust in engagement together so as to be capable to resist disengagement at least in a direction substantially parallel to the support base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Stephane Hentzel
  • Patent number: 7381453
    Abstract: The present invention relates to packaging film for use in packaging of food products which may be heated whilst still packaged. In particular, the invention relates to packaging which may be hermetically sealed and, during heating, is able to allow a build up of pressure within the packaging, without the packaging exploding or bursting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: International Trex, Ltd
    Inventor: Abdul Aziz Okhai
  • Patent number: 7147799
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging packet containing an iron-based oxygen scavenger and an electrolyte is set forth in which the rate of uptake of oxygen is increased by virtue of the introduction into the packet of an oxygen uptake accelerator containing water. Methods of increasing the rate of oxygen absorption by use of the iron-based oxygen scavenging packet are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Gary R. DelDuca, Alan E. Deyo, Vinod K. Luthra, Wen P. Wu
  • Patent number: 7022359
    Abstract: It comprises an inner wrapper which contains the food product, an outer package of plastic material which encloses said inner wrapper, a layer of a heat-concentrating material, arranged adjacent the inner wrapper, and a substrate attached to an outer face of said outer package. The layer of heat-concentrating material causes the opening of the outer package by melting a portion thereof, during heating of the assembly in a microwave oven, and the substrate prevents the outer package from sticking to the base of the oven. There can also be a sheet of insulating material between the inner wrapper and the outer package. Handling operations are reduced and the protection and optimum degree of humidity are maintained until the time the product is put in the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Antonio Montserrate Gibernau
  • Patent number: 6926846
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging packet containing an iron-based oxygen scavenger and an electrolyte is set forth in which the rate of uptake of oxygen is increased by virtue of the introduction into the packet of an oxygen uptake accelerator containing water. Methods of increasing the rate of oxygen absorption by use of the iron-based oxygen scavenging packet are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Gary R. DelDuca, Alan E. Deyo, Vinod K. Luthra, Wen P. Wu
  • Patent number: 6896919
    Abstract: A frozen food product which includes a raw protein portion, a raw or an only partially cooked or blanched vegetable portion and a sauce, contained in a sealed cooking pouch made primarily of paper and a susceptor layer, preferably aluminum, which may be placed in an oven or microwave oven so as to cook the contents of the cooking pouch. The raw protein product is preferably one of fish, beef, poultry, pork or veal. The vegetables are raw or blanched vegetables such as julienne peppers, celery, carrots, onions, zucchini or broccoli. The blanched vegetables are only partially cooked so that the time remaining to complete cooking of the vegetables is approximately the same as the time required to cook the raw protein portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Food Talk, Inc.
    Inventor: Leah Kay Wright
  • Patent number: 6893672
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multilayer polymeric film structure and a food package made therefrom. Specifically, the present invention relates to a seven-layer non-EVOH structure having six layers of alternating nylon and adhesive, and a seventh layer of a heat sealable polymer. Either the sixth layer comprising the adhesive or the seventh layer comprising the heat sealable polymer may further comprise a polymer, preferably polybutylene, polypropylene and/or high density polyethylene, that may allow the film structure to be easily peelable when heat sealed. Moreover, the present invention relates to food packages made by the film structures having a easy-open peelable seal component contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Flexible Europe
    Inventor: Brian Ingraham
  • Publication number: 20040086606
    Abstract: A merchandiser and method for displaying and warming previously baked dough products, such as cookies, under controlled drying conditions, including an enclosure having one or more wall members that define an interior space, with at least a portion of one of the wall members being transparent, an aperture for access into the interior space, at least one support surface for supporting one or more previously baked dough products that contain a predetermined average moisture level therein, and at least one mounting structure associated with the enclosure for mounting and positioning each support surface at a user accessible location in the interior space of the enclosure, and a heat source for providing heated air in the enclosure wherein the support surface contacts at least a portion of the previously baked products so that those portions are shielded from direct contact with the heated air such that the drying of moisture in the baked products is controlled to maintain the organoleptic and/or texture properti
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Eileen Roehr, Mark O. Foster, Hua Zhang, Antonio Gutierrez, Mark A. Gaj, Giinping I. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6666988
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging packet containing an iron-based oxygen scavenger and an electrolyte is set forth in which the rate of uptake of oxygen is increased by virtue of the introduction into the packet of an oxygen uptake accelerator containing water. Methods of increasing the rate of oxygen absorption by use of the iron-based oxygen scavenging packet are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Gary R. DelDuca, Alan E. Deyo, Vinod K. Luthra, Wen P. Wu
  • Patent number: 6508955
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging packet containing an iron-based oxygen scavenger and an electrolyte is set forth in which the rate of uptake of oxygen is increased by virtue of the introduction into the packet of an oxygen uptake accelerator containing water. Methods of increasing the rate of oxygen absorption by use of the iron-based oxygen scavenging packet are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Gary R. DelDuca, Alan E. Deyo, Vinod K. Luthra, Wen P. Wu
  • Patent number: 6488973
    Abstract: A frozen food product which includes a raw protein portion, a raw or an only partially cooked or blanched vegetable portion and a sauce, contained in a sealed cooking pouch made primarily of paper and a susceptor layer, preferably aluminum, which may be placed in an oven or microwave oven so as to cook the contents of the cooking pouch. The raw protein product is preferably one of fish, beef, poultry, pork or veal. The vegetables are raw or blanched vegetables such as julienne peppers, celery, carrots, onions, zucchini or broccoli. The blanched vegetables are only partially cooked so that the time remaining to complete cooking of the vegetables is approximately the same as the time required to cook the raw protein portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Food Talk, Inc.
    Inventor: Leah Kay Wright
  • Patent number: 6447826
    Abstract: Methodology for packaging and packages for meat or other foodstuffs in a carbon dioxide rich low oxygen environment by including without the packages carbon dioxide generating material and oxygen removing material where the production of carbon dioxide is not dependent upon removal of oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignees: Sealed Air (NZ) Limited, Meat Research Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Ernest Matthews
  • Patent number: 6413645
    Abstract: A barrier assembly. The barrier assembly includes at least one barrier stack having at least one barrier layer and at least one polymer layer. The barrier stack has an oxygen transmission rate of less than 0.005 cc/m2/day at 23° C. and 0% relative humidity, and an oxygen transmission rate of less than 0.005 cc/m2/day at 38° C. and 90% relative humidity. The barrier stack also has a water vapor transmission rate of less than 0.005 g/m2/day at 38° C. and 100% relative humidity. A method for making a barrier assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Gordon Lee Graff, Mark Edward Gross, Ming Kun Shi, Michael Gene Hall, Peter Maclyn Martin, Eric Sidney Mast
  • Patent number: 6372272
    Abstract: A kit comprising a decorative container or can which includes dry, packaged cake mix and a package of pre-mixed icing. The cake can be baked and stored in the container. The outer wall of the container is decorated with a heat-resistant paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Mark S. Honoosic
  • Patent number: 6333059
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 6280833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a biaxially oriented polypropylene film which has very good optical properties and good processing performance and which, after it has been metallized or has been coated with oxidic materials, has a high oxygen barrier value, and whose structure has at least one base layer B and at least one layer A applied to this base layer, where this layer A has a specified number of elevations of specified height and specified diameter. The invention further relates to the use of the film and to a process for its production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Polyester Film GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Peiffer, Gottfried Hilkert
  • Patent number: 6093429
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 6013291
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of preparing lowfat and reduced fat popcorn microwave popcorn articles using cold kernel popcorn (60.degree. F.) such as from winter storage. The methods employ low levels (1% to 20%) of an oil ingredient having a melting point of .ltoreq.60.degree. F. to minimize the congealing of the oil by and onto the cold kernel popcorn thereby providing a more pliable bag, which does not jam in the filling equipment. The microwave popcorn articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag, and a food charge disposed therein comprising kernel popcorn, 1% to 20% oil, and 0% to 4% salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Glass, Pamela J. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 5997916
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave popcorn articles comprising any conventional microwave popcorn bag, and a food charge disposed therein comprising kernel popcorn, fat, salt and sufficient amounts of a calcium ingredient to provide a total calcium content of about 360 to 3600 mg per 100 grams of unpopped popcorn. Preferably the salt and calcium ingredients are essentially characterized by having a mean particle size of less than 25 .mu.m. Methods of preparing such microwave popcorn articles are disclosed wherein some of the salt and/or calcium ingredient is added to the fat slurry while the balance is added in particulate form in a separate step after the fat and kernel popcorn have been added to the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela J. Dickerson, Brian E. Glass
  • Patent number: 5958486
    Abstract: A method for heat preservation of a container filled with material is accomplished by means of heating and a pressure which is maintained during the holding time of the preservation process. The container of a material of laminate type is, after the holding time of the heat preservation, subjected to a supporting pressure during the cooling time of the process. A container intended to contain goods for heat preservation by means of heating and pressure comprises a base layer (1), an inner layer (3), and a barrier layer (4) between the base layer and the inner layer, and at least one layer consists of a plastic with memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Tetra LAval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Ulf Ringdahl, Majlis Parsson
  • Patent number: 5928803
    Abstract: A temperature-sensitive reversibly deformable laminate which is reversibly deformable towards both sides thereof with changes in temperature to take three states; an original state at room temperature, a contracted state at a low temperature, and an expanded state at a high temperature, wherein the laminate is composed of at least two resin layers having different coefficients of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michiyuki Yasuda
  • Patent number: 5919505
    Abstract: Disclosed are microwave shelf stable popcorn articles that contain real butter. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag and an improved popcorn/fat charge. In addition to kernel popcorn and fat, the charge further essentially includes about 1% to 8% of a high fat butter constituent. By virtue of selecting a particularly defined high fat butter ingredient, microwave popcorn articles can be prepared that are shelf stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Adelmo E. Monsalve, Gary V. Peterson, Philip E. Palkert
  • Patent number: 5911665
    Abstract: A polymeric film and method for overcoming the problem of "pinholes" created in filled pouches by the harmonic motion occurring during transport of the filled pouches. The polymeric film composed of from about 5% to about 95% by weight of a first polymeric material having an elongation at break of more than about 500% in the machine direction and more than about 600% in the transverse direction, and from 5% by weight to about 95% by weight of a second polymeric material having a density of at least about 0.915 g/cm.sup.3 and selected from the group consisting of polyethylene and ethylene copolymers. The first polymeric material includes a very low density linear ethylene interpolymerized from ethylene and at least one alpha-olefin in the range of C.sub.3 -C.sub.10. The film may be fabricated into pouches and the pouches stacked for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Ramin Heydarpour, Sriram Venkatasanthanam, David Carl Schroeder
  • Patent number: 5897894
    Abstract: Microwave popcorn articles which upon microwave heating provide popcorn having enlarged salt particles that provide popped popcorn more reminiscent of at-home, stove-top prepared popped popcorn. The articles comprise any conventional microwave popcorn bag, kernel popcorn, fat and salt. At least 50% of the salt is essentially characterized by an enlarged particle size having a mean particle size of >400 .mu.m. Included are methods of preparing such microwave popcorn articles are disclosed wherein the coarse salt is added in a separate step after the fat and kernel popcorn have been added to the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian E. Glass
  • Patent number: 5871791
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging made up of at least one inner, containing an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage based on anethole, in which the inner foil of said packaging is made up of a film of polyamide including aromatic units.The packaging is preferably intended to contain weakly alcoholic beverages and the polyamide results from the polycondensation of meta-xylylenediamine with adipic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pernod Ricard
    Inventors: Philippe Noble, Patrice Robichon
  • Patent number: 5861184
    Abstract: A process for thawing a frozen sushi product of a type packed by a plastic film by a microwave oven is provided. Each of a packed frozen sushi product of a type packed by a plastic film in which the entire sushi product is covered with the plastic film, and a frozen sushi product of a type packed by a plastic film in which an upper portion of a sushi material is covered with an aluminum foil, and the entire sushi product is covered with a plastic film with the aluminum foil located therebetween, can be thawed in a microwave oven by heating it by an electromagnetic wave heating to rise the temperature of an exposed side of a shaped form of boiled rice to 40.degree. C. or more, while rising the temperature of a contact area between the sushi material and the boiled rice portion to 15.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Polastar Company Limited
    Inventors: Yuji Ishino, Hironobu Kadoya
  • Patent number: 5782375
    Abstract: The invention concerns drawn and ironed cans and their fabrication process starting from a stratified or laminated metal-plastic construction (1) including a foil of plastic material on which adheres two exterior metal foils and such that the ratio of the thickness of the plastic material to the total thickness of metal is greater than 0.5. The forming of this laminate into a can body (5) includes first of all drawing in one or several steps, then ironing, preferably in four successive passes. The cans are intended in particular to contain beverages. The advantage of the process resides in less cost of primary materials for usage characteristics as good as those of entirely metal cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventors: Robert J. McHenry, Dominique Petit
  • Patent number: RE40531
    Abstract: A barrier assembly. The barrier assembly includes at least one barrier stack having at least one barrier layer and at least one polymer layer. The barrier stack has an oxygen transmission rate of less than 0.005 cc/m2/day at 23° C. and 0% relative humidity, and an oxygen transmission rate of less than 0.005 cc/m2/day at 38° C. and 90% relative humidity. The barrier stack also has a water vapor transmission rate of less than 0.005 g/m2/day at 38° C. and 100% relative humidity. A method for making a barrier assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Gordon Lee Graff, Mark Edward Gross, Ming Kun Shi, Michael Gene Hall, Peter Maclyn Martin, Eric Sidney Mast