Treatment Of Packaged Product By Electrical Or Wave Energy Patents (Class 426/234)
  • Patent number: 10028517
    Abstract: Cooking devices are disclosed that can cook food in a convenient, fast and energy-efficient manner with electromagnetic energy. In one embodiment, the device can comprise a food container wherein the container includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and an insulating exterior, a power source for RF electromagnetic energy, and a controller. In another embodiment, a cooking device in the form of a pouch containing food can directly preheat or cook food in the pouch. A variety of electrode embodiments and cooking devices including those with multiple compartments is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GLL, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Lee Long, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 9357877
    Abstract: A methodology and product or system configurations are provided which allow food to be directly irradiated for cooking applications which involve the impingement of direct radiant energy on food or comestible items. Cooking vessels or cook-packs are used that are optically transmissive in visible or infrared narrow wavelength bands emitted in suitable narrowband cooking or heating systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Pressco IP LLC
    Inventors: Don W. Cochran, Jonathan M. Katz, Benjamin D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9332877
    Abstract: A methodology and product or system configurations are provided which allow food to be directly irradiated for cooking applications which involve the impingement of direct radiant energy on food or comestible items. Cooking vessels or cook-packs are used that are optically transmissive in visible or infrared narrow wavelength bands emitted in suitable narrowband cooking or heating systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Pressco IP LLC
    Inventors: Don W. Cochran, Jonathan M. Katz, Benjamin D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150125579
    Abstract: For packaging ready meals in at least one bowl featuring a circumferential rim, where the basic ingredients of the meal are placed into the bowl, a cover foil is sealed to the circumferential rim of the bowl so as to leave at least two rim sections unsealed, where the meal is subsequently prepared in the bowl, after which the cover foil is sealed completely over the whole circumferential rim of the bowl. A device for packaging ready meals in at least one bowl with circumferential rim, includes a sealing tool for complete sealing of a cover foil to the circumferential rim. The sealing tool or a second sealing tool is provided for partial sealing of the cover foil to the circumferential rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Karl-Wilhelm SCHRADE
  • Patent number: 8974844
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for processing harvested produce such as fruits and vegetables, where the sterilization, stabilization and packaging is done in such a manner that it allows for longer retention of freshness, texture, flavor and overall quality than is possible with conventional retort processes and packaging. One specific embodiment discusses sterilizing and packaging harvested produce into a bulk storage container, comprising the steps of cleaning, dicing and blanching said produce, thereby creating pre-processed produce; adding water, at least one acid or salt, and at least one carbohydrate, to said pre-processed produce to form a mixture of pre-processed produce and a liquid packing medium; processing said mixture in an ohmic processing vessel to form a sterilized mixture suitable for aseptic packaging in said container, without first packaging said mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Del Monte Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz
  • Patent number: 8963061
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct has a platform including microwave energy interactive material and a plurality of venting features. The venting features include a plurality of tabs that are urged out of the plane of the platform to define an aperture. The tabs are disposed beneath the platform to define a void in communication with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence M. C. Lai
  • Patent number: 8956673
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for extending the shelf-life of one or more foods by exposure to one or more pulses of microwave radiation for at least seven (7) seconds. The present invention may also be used to reduce pathogenic organisms in food. The one or more foods may be packaged within a container, sealed and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks, Mindy M. Brashears, Todd Brashears, Gianfranco Coccoli, Pierluigi Sapelli, Mario Piazza, Stefania Franzoni, Federico Felappi, Nicola Tolettini
  • Publication number: 20150044337
    Abstract: A method for preserving food. The food is heated in a moist state in a container, which has a venting opening and is suited as transport and retail packaging, by way of microwaves (M) for a limited time, however at least until hot steam (D) from in the container and exists through the venting opening. After the heating has ended, a gas (G) is injected into the container using a cannula, and a container wall made of plastic film is pierced with the cannula. The plastic film that is used has a thickness of less than 100 ?m. At least one layer of the plastic film is made of polyethylene terephthalate having a thickness of greater than 19 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Karl Keller
  • Patent number: 8906438
    Abstract: Holder (1) for beverage, comprising a container (2) manufactured substantially from plastic, provided with a neck (6) having an opening, wherein the container (2) is filled with beverage (3) and on or in the neck (6) a closure (15) is provided, through which closure extends a dispensing means (4), wherein the closure is fixed to the neck with the aid of at least welding technique and wherein a pressure device (9) is provided for pressurizing the beverage (3) in the container (2) for dispensing the beverage (3) under pressure via the dispensing means (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventor: Bernardus Cornelis Johannes Landman
  • Publication number: 20140348989
    Abstract: A package for combined steam and microwave heating of food, wherein the package may include microwave energy interactive materials (“MEIMs”) configured for providing rapid, simultaneous microwave and steam cooking in a domestic microwave oven. The MEIMs may be configured for controlling the heating pattern within the package and to control volumetric heating of food in the package. The MEIMs may include one or more of a susceptor, shield, and/or resonating patch antenna. The package may be paper-based, or it may be manufactured of any other suitable material. One or more of the different sections of the package may comprise separate chambers respectively for the steam source and the food to be steamed, so that the steam source and the food to be steamed are separated from one another during manufacturing, storage, and cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Sloat, Fermin P. Resurreccion, JR.
  • Patent number: 8883236
    Abstract: A packaged food product, comprising a wrapping (1) entirely made of coating-free transpiring paper material and a product (100) to be cooked or heated received therein, wherein the wrapping (1) itself is apt to be exposed to a heat source jointly to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Policarta S.r.l.
    Inventor: Arturo Giusti
  • Patent number: 8877271
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventor: Laurence D. Bell
  • Patent number: 8872078
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs may include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20140255567
    Abstract: A multi-component package is provided which enables simultaneous heat cooking of a food product which does not require a long cooking time and a food product which requires a longer cooking time. The multi-component package includes a lower container comprising a bottomed, lower container main body for containing a first food product. The container further includes an upper container comprising an upper container main body for containing a second filled food product. A flange of the lower container main body and a flange of the upper container main body are engaged with each other so that the lower container and the upper container are combined integrally. A vapor vent is provided in a lower container lid material, whereby water vapor generated upon heating of the first food product heats the second food product in the upper container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicants: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD., KRAFT FOODS GROUP BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Marie Birchmeier, Paul Andrew Cogley, Noriko Sakamoto, Koji Otsuka, Takashi Kado
  • Patent number: 8821950
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovative packaging for microwave preparation of expandable food, such as cookies, an innovative food product prepared from the packaging and the method of preparation thereof. The innovative packaging includes first and second susceptor sheet portions each having an accordion-like shape; one or more members for spacing the susceptor sheet portions at a predetermined distance; and an expandable uncooked food placed between the two susceptor sheets, wherein the food is in intimate contact with sheet portions and becomes efficiently browned and crisped during microwave cooking. The food is preferably a cookie dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Urban Nilsson, Deborah Belser
  • Patent number: 8815317
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a platform having a plurality of peripheral edges, a plurality of elevating panels for maintaining the platform in a raised position, and a layer of microwave energy interactive material overlying at least a portion of the platform. The platform includes a movable portion defined at least partially by a line of disruption extending substantially between a pair of adjacent edges of the platform. The movable portion of the platform is adapted to pivot along the line of disruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton
  • Publication number: 20140212550
    Abstract: A food product includes a first extruded component, a second extruded component co-extruded over the first component, the second component comprising a meat component and an additive, and a casing provided over the second component, wherein the additive comprises at least one of a flavoring, a seasoning, and a coloring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The Hillshire Brands Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Stubbs, Kent M. Bearson, Paul H. Bernthal, Dejing Fu, John Dow Harris, JR., Kristina J. Phipps, Barbara K. Schmitt, Glenn Wille
  • Publication number: 20140212554
    Abstract: This invention includes methods for cleaning and tenderizing animal meat with shock waves by submerging animal meat in a volume of fluid in a treatment tank including a shock wave applicator with a focal volume in the volume of fluid, and applying a pressure shock wave pulses to the animal meat from the shock wave applicator in sufficient amounts to eliminate biological contaminants and/or tenderize the animal meat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SANUWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Iulian CIOANTA, Yannick SPENNINCK
  • Patent number: 8785826
    Abstract: A construct for heating a food item in a microwave oven includes a base, a wall extending upwardly from the base, a microwave energy shielding element overlying at least a portion of the wall, and a microwave energy diffusing element circumscribed by the microwave energy shielding element. The microwave energy diffusing element includes a plurality of microwave energy reflective elements within a microwave energy transparent area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence M. C. Lai, Neilson Zeng, Bing Liu
  • Patent number: 8784917
    Abstract: The invention concerns a new food product (1) in the form of a meal comprising food (4) and a sauce (5), intended to be mixed for consumption of the meal, in closed packaging (1) comprising a container (2) in which the food (4) is placed and a lid (3) in which the sauce (5) is placed, the sauce being separated from the food by a seal (7) which closes off the part of the lid (3) facing the food (4) characterized in that the container (2) comprises a mechanism (11) to tear the seal (7) when the lid (3) is turned concurrently to the container (2) between a pre-tearing position of the seal (7) and a tearing position of the seal (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Claude Sebban
  • Patent number: 8766148
    Abstract: A baking oven for producing baked molded products. The baking oven has an input station, a baking area and an output station. In addition, the oven has baking plates, which are arranged along a circulation path passing through the baking area, and a conveying device for the baking plates. The baking plates are in the form of susceptor plates, which can be heated inductively without contact. An induction heating device is provided in the baking area. This device includes at least one elongated inductor, which is arranged parallel to the circulation path of the baking plates and extends along the circulation path over a plurality of susceptor plates. The elongated inductor produces a large-area, broad magnetic field, which simultaneously inductively heats a plurality of baking plates in the form of susceptor plates without any contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Franz Haas Waffel- und Keksanlagen-Industrie GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Haas, Stefan Jiraschek, Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Erich Koletnik, Fritz Obermaier, Marcus Pickart
  • Patent number: 8715757
    Abstract: A package of eggs is disclosed which comprises a plurality of eggs arranged in one or more rows. The eggs are arranged in the package so that a long axis of each egg in the package is tilted toward the back of the package so as to be at least slightly offset from vertical. In some embodiments, each of the eggs in the package may have information laser marked on it in substantially the same location as the other eggs in the package, and the eggs may be oriented in the package such that information marked on each egg faces substantially the same direction as the information marked on the other eggs in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: TEN Media, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Barry Chait, Allan Irwin Brown, Marco Armand Hegyi, Greg Anderson
  • Patent number: 8691257
    Abstract: A water soluble bag for containing soiled textiles, said bag having an open end, a closed end, and sides extending therebetween, said bag made of a plastic film having a thickness of at least 1.3 mils, wherein said bag dissolves in water at a temperature of 165° F. in less than about 250 seconds and does not dissolve in water at a temperature of 85° F. in 7 days, and said bag being capable of containing at least 175 lbs. of soiled textiles and having a capacity of at least 50 gallons. Also disclosed is a receptacle for collecting soiled textiles comprising a container and a water soluble bag. Also disclosed is a receptacle for collecting soiled textiles comprising a container, a sling, and a water soluble bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Cintas Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Hartman, David Mesko, Tim Magee, Richard Gerlach
  • Patent number: 8680447
    Abstract: Microwaveable popcorn arrangements are provided, the arrangement being a bag having a popcorn charge of popcorn kernels and oil/fat component therein. The arrangements include folded bags having preferred, internal, seal and/or adhesive field configurations. The preferred configurations inhibit the undesired flow of oil/fat from the popcorn charge. Microwave popcorn products and methods of preparation and use, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM. Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Craig Jackson, Denise Ellen Hanson, Charles Thomas Gorman, Matthew Roth, Paul John Warosh, Lance Schilmoeller, Jody Shands
  • Patent number: 8658952
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct comprises a first panel and a second panel, each comprising a microwave energy interactive material. The panels are partially joined to one another in an opposed, facing relationship such that an unjoined area is defined between the first panel and the second panel. The unjoined area is in communication with an open peripheral edge of the construct. The first panel includes an aperture in communication with the unjoined area between the first panel and the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence P. Lafferty
  • Patent number: 8632831
    Abstract: Shelf stable microwave dessert packaged food products for individual servings comprise a novel, shielded packaging or container including a microwave shielded cup; a shelf-stable ready-to-heat uncooked product disposed within the cup, a modified low oxygen atmosphere in the headspace above the batter, and a peelably removable, low gas permeability sealing membrane. The articles provide high preparation abuse tolerance notwithstanding the low, controlled portion quantities (100 calorie) of batter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Perry, Joanne J. Garbe, Peter S. Pesheck
  • Publication number: 20130316051
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus (for heat treating a packaged food product), comprising (a) a channel surrounding a channel interior, (b) a pressurizer, (c) a transport unit, (d) a first electrode, surrounding at least part of the channel interior over a first electrode length, (e) an electrode configuration comprising (i) a second electrode surrounding at least part of the channel interior over a remote part surrounding length (for shielding at least part of the channel), and (f) a radio frequency wave generator configured to generate RF-waves between the first and second electrode. With such apparatus efficiently energy may be coupled into the packaged food product, for instance for heating a meal and/or for pasteurizing a food product. A further advantage of the present apparatus and such process is that it may be configured to be used in a continuous process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Aart-Jan van der Voort, Henricus Franciscus Maria van den Bosch, Henricus Johannes Schuten
  • Patent number: 8574650
    Abstract: Food packaging of the present invention is particularly adapted for microwave, conventional oven, stove top and boiler cooking techniques and includes an integral pocket or trap compartment for receiving fluids created by the cooking process, such as grease. Embodiments include a compartment for cooking food products therein with the addition of water or other fluids, wherein the water or other fluids are drained from the food products and removed from the food packaging after cooking the food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Turover Straws Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Turover, Antim G. Straus
  • Patent number: 8575525
    Abstract: Tunnel is provided for conditioning of food products, especially for sterilization of food in containers or vessels of the heat-sealed type, in which the conditioning unit has: 1) an active temperature and pressure control system provided in at least one magnetron supported heating stage, which provides for balancing of the pressure within the heat-sealed vessels or containers; 2) a conveyor which conveys the heat-sealed vessels or containers through the stages along the conditioning unit which contains mechanisms that move the conveyor outside of the conditioning tunnel, and 3) doors operating like check valves that separate the conditioning stages, but still provide for continuous linear feed of products through conditioning tunnel. Movement of the magnetron electromagnetic field and/or conveyor is controlled by software which utilizes the temperature and/or density measurements in a closed loop process to ensure uniform heating of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Mackay, Renato Giordano, Randall J. Lanham, Rod Corder
  • Publication number: 20130287907
    Abstract: A method for processing non-pasteurized grape juices to prepare soft wines, characterized in that said method comprises a step of processing said grape juices by high frequency radio waves to microbically deactivate said grape juices in absence of any thermal effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Isabella Spagnolo, Loris Casonato
  • Patent number: 8563906
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an insulating microwave packaging material (200) includes a microwave interactive material substrate (205) joined to a second substrate (210) along bond lines (212) to define closed cells (214). Upon impingement of the insulating microwave packaging material (200) by microwave energy in a microwave oven, the closed cells (214) expand to form insulating pockets (216). One side of the insulating pocket (216) bulges and lofts above the opposite side. When a food product is situated on the insulating microwave packaging material (200), the insulating pockets (216) insulate the food product from the microwave oven environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Terrence P. Lafferty, Richard G. Robison, Lorin R. Cole, Brian R. O'Hagan, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 8512780
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventors: Laurence D. Bell, David G. Schanzer, Brian J. Westcott
  • 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: 20130209627
    Abstract: Methods for producing brewed beverages include brewing the beverage, degassing the beverage prior to storing the beverage in a sealed container, and freezing the beverage. A frozen brewed beverage is configured to be reheated prior to consumption and does not require reconstituting. A brewed beverage is in a sealed container, has a dissolved oxygen content less than about 2 ppm, is configured to be reheated prior to consumption, and does not require reconstituting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Charles D. MacPherson
  • Publication number: 20130209628
    Abstract: Food packaging of the present invention is particularly adapted for microwave, conventional oven, stove top and boiler cooking techniques and includes an integral pocket or trap compartment for receiving fluids created by the cooking process, such as grease. Embodiments include a compartment for cooking food products therein with the addition of water or other fluids, wherein the water or other fluids are drained from the food products and removed from the food packaging after cooking the food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Alan S. Turover, Antim G. Straus
  • Patent number: 8492688
    Abstract: A meal kit for microwave cooking of a multi-component food product is provided that includes at least two sealed packages of ingredients for the multi-component food product. One of the sealed packages of ingredients contains a liquid component of the multi-component food product. The meal kit also includes a cooking tray formed of a microwave-safe material having a bottom wall with an upstanding sidewall extending around the periphery thereof to define an interior of the cooking tray. Outer packaging is provided to contain the sealed packages of ingredients and the cooking tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jay Edwards, Neil Darin
  • Patent number: 8473235
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus for scanning a product to detect metal in that product. The apparatus comprises a drive coil (4), for generating an electromagnetic field in the product, and a detection coil arranged to detect fluctuations in the magnetic field caused by the presence of a metallic particle in the product. A drive circuit (26) for the drive coil (4) comprises a plurality of switches (19 to 22) driven by a controller (16), which switch alternately connect the drive coil across a potential difference to cause the drive coil to be driven at an operating frequency determined by operation of the switches. Using a switching circuit to drive the drive coil (4) greatly increases the number of frequencies at which the drive coil may be operated. The invention has particular application to the food industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Clive Francis Kittel, Paul Jeffrey King
  • Patent number: 8461499
    Abstract: A microwavable material having a structure that may be used to enhance the browning and crisping, and thus improve the taste and appearance, of a food item cooked therein. The material may be in the form of a sheet material or formed as a container such as a bag, pouch, or other suitable structure. The material may have one or more features that help bring the material into close contact with the food item and help conform the bag around the food item. Furthermore, the material may have a structure that avoids substantial contact with liquid released by a food item, may have a venting system suitable for the exiting of moisture, may have a coating, a transparent surface, and when formed as a container, may have a gusseted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Dorsey, Kara L. Harl
  • Patent number: 8455026
    Abstract: A package of eggs is disclosed which comprises a plurality of eggs arranged in one or more rows. The eggs are further arranged in the package so that a long axis of each egg in the package is offset no more than a particular number degrees from a long axis of each other egg in the package. Further, a package of eggs is disclosed which comprises a plurality of eggs arranged in one or more rows, wherein eggs are arranged in the package such that long axes of all of the eggs in each row of eggs in the package form approximate right angles with respect to a line intercepting bottoms of receptacles holding the eggs in such a row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: TEN Media, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Barry Chait, Allan Irwin Brown, Marco Armand Hegyi, Greg Anderson
  • Patent number: 8440947
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 8435584
    Abstract: The invention concerns an assembly for preparing and presenting an edible composition designed to be puffed including a first portion defining a chamber for enabling the puffed composition to be presented, and a second portion defining a storage chamber designed to include at least one non-puffed composition, the second portion being arranged in the first portion. The invention also concerns a method for preparing a composition to be puffed using the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: NATAIS
    Inventor: Michael Ehmann
  • Patent number: 8436282
    Abstract: A food package kit including a plurality of trays having a bottom, a sidewall extending upwardly from the bottom and terminating at a top end, and a flange extending from the sidewall opposite the bottom, the flange includes a rim section configured to receive a sealing film, and a recessed section extending from the rim section, wherein each of the opposed longitudinal edges intersect with a lateral edge at a corner, wherein the kit also includes a sleeve adapted to contain the trays completely therein, the sleeve including a sleeve top, a first depending sleeve side, and a second depending sleeve side and a sleeve bottom, wherein the tray is completely disposed within the sleeve by frictional force between the tray and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Tuszkiewicz, Richard L. Mace
  • Patent number: 8420140
    Abstract: A package for fruits and vegetables having galvanic functionality is formed by using two or more metals with different galvanic activity properties on the surface of a nonmetallic substrate. The metals may be deposited electrolytically, by vacuum, autocatalytically, or by other methods. The metals are selected to create a galvanic reaction after the package is filled with a low pH food product and its associated liquids, juices, brine, etc. The package may extend the shelf-life of the food product contained therein, for example, by making metal ions available to the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren Druz
  • Publication number: 20130071527
    Abstract: A method for reducing microorganisms (sterilization) in a free-flowing product in a container. The product in the container is radiated with non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation at an energy density sufficient to achieve commercially sterile temperature and is manipulated in a manner to distribute heat and ensure that the product and the container reach a temperature sufficient to commercially sterilize the product and the interior surfaces of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventor: PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130052312
    Abstract: Method steps to manufacture non-alcoholic and alcoholic toddy drinks by use of only irradiation (gamma irradiation) or only filtering. The present invention will enable the shelf life of the toddy drink to be extended for several months and possibly years without change in the nature and taste of the toddy drink. One embodiment of the present invention can be used to preserve the toddy drink before fermentation starts to produce a sweet organic soft (non-alcoholic) drink. Another embodiment can be used to control fermentation of the toddy drink to produce a sweet organic hard (alcoholic) drink. Irradiation or filtration keeps the food material almost intact and at the same time destroys the microbes and parasites. Irradiation can be done after packing or bottling in small measures or in bulk quantities. Filtration is performed in bulk quantities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Thyvalikakath Mathew Paul, Thankam Paul Thyvalikakath
  • Patent number: 8343561
    Abstract: Provided is a package for cooking in a microwave oven, in which a synthetic resin container body having a flange part is filled with contents and a lid is heat-sealed to the flange part to seal the package hermetically. Independent concave parts sandwiching a heat-sealed part are provided in a part of the flange part on the inner and outer sides of the heat-sealed part to form, on the heat-sealed part, a projection part directed to the inner direction of the container and serving as a steam releasing part by automatically opening. The package is prevented from being broken or deformed by preventing the heat-sealed part from being peeled immediately after the contents are placed in the container body. When heating cooking is performed in a microwave oven, the package improves the taste of the contents by the steaming effect. The lid is sure to automatically open by the increase of the pressure in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisakazu Yasumuro, Shinji Tanaka, Kikuo Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20120321765
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a flexible container for use by the end user as a cooking utensil. Said container comprises a front and rear panel formed of a food safe material and sealed at three sides, the rear panel being extended beyond the front panel on the unsealed fourth side to form a flap. On the upper side of the flap is formed an adhesive strip provided with a removable cover strip intended to be removed by the user when closing the container. The user is instructed to fold the container across both layers rather than simply across the junction of the flap and front panel in order to seal it prior to cooking. This creates a container which is effectively sealed but which is capable of releasing excess pressure above that level needed to steam the contents thoroughly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Planit Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Guy Darell Unwin
  • Publication number: 20120288593
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for preparing liquid egg products, for example pure egg whites, whole eggs and egg products either alone or mixed with spices, vegetables or other ingredients, in a microwave oven. The container for preparing the liquid egg products is relatively inexpensive and disposable. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method is provided for preparing liquid egg products in a disposable, microwavable container in which the liquid egg product expands while cooking and partially removes the lid of the container to create a delicious meal of properly cooked, fresh egg product, that are ready for consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Brad M. Halpern
  • Patent number: 8302528
    Abstract: An ovenable cooking apparatus for facilitating the cooking of food components while maintaining the separateness thereof may include a first container for holding a first food component, and a second container for holding a second food component. The separation of the first food component from the second food component maintains the surface area for the first and second food components to facilitate heating of the first and second food components. The first food component may have a liquid based content for producing steam when heated, and one or both of the first container and the second container may define a passage for providing airflow and steam flow for contacting the second container and/or the second foodstuff and heating or steaming the second food component. Additionally, the second container may be steam impermeable for cooking bread and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Pawlick, Keith Goerl, Michael R. Opat, Jr., Julia A. Zielke, Steven R. Baker, David W. France
  • Publication number: 20120263832
    Abstract: Method of preserving clams. This method involves the steps of cleaning a clam, sorting the clam, freezing the clam while the clam is alive, packaging the clam, and cooking the clam. An apparatus for containing clams having a tray having an upper surface and a plurality of defined locations constructed and arranged to receive a clam, the clam deposited in one of the plurality of defined locations, and the tray disposed within a plastic freezer bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Everett Davis, Sr.