Contacting Food In Liquid Or Solid State With Exteriorly Produced Gas Patents (Class 426/312)
  • Patent number: 11311022
    Abstract: A method for producing a mixture of oil and fluid food product includes placing a funnel into a pressure tank such that a stem of the funnel extends at least halfway down into the pressure tank. The pressure tank is flushed with nitrogen. Oil flows into the pressure tank through the funnel. A flow of nitrogen into the pressure tank is maintained through a side inlet of the pressure tank. Oil is dispensed from a pressure tank into the transfer line flowing a flow of fluid food product from a batch tank. The dispensed oil is dispersed into the flow of fluid food product in a inline shear mixer creating oil-in-fluid food product droplets. The oil-in-fluid food product droplets flow to the batch tank with the flow of fluid food product. The oil-in-fluid food product droplets are distributed in a volume of fluid food product in the batch tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Elle Ann Clarke, Dennis Keith Chapman, Gary Thomas Jerger
  • Patent number: 11051524
    Abstract: A process for producing a composition from a biological source, which composition is preserved and, especially pathogen free and is storage stable, preferably at room temperature. Embodiments of the invention provide a process for producing a composition from eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Waldemar Buxmann, Volker Heinz, Stefan Toepfl
  • Patent number: 11053467
    Abstract: Alcoholic spirits may be artificially aged under highly pressurized carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide may form carbonic acid, which may cause various esters to form in the presence of wood as well as to mellow the flavor when no wood is present. Wood may be pretreated with ozone, which may extract lignin which may further convert to vanillin during pressurized CO2 treatment, giving a vanilla note. After processing with pressurized CO2, a post-treatment of ozone may be given to the spirit, which may cause a mild oxidation and further mellowing of the spirit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: PB Funding Group, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Mitchell, Avi R. Geiger, William H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11014951
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method to depolymerize a lignin comprising: (a) mixing a lignin, a chelator, and FeCl3 to produce a first solution, (b) optionally incubating the solution for a first suitable period of time, (c) introducing an oxidizing agent to the first solution to produce a second solution, and (d) optionally incubating the solution for a second suitable period of time; such that at least one aromatic ring of one lignin polymer is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S. Kent
  • Patent number: 10781414
    Abstract: A system for redistilling alcohol includes a heating vessel configured to receive a continuous stream of liquid white spirit and vaporize the liquid white spirit and a flavor vessel in direct fluid communication with and downstream of the heating vessel. The flavor vessel houses various botanicals and allows the vaporized white spirit to passes over the botanicals, thereby vaporizing volatile compounds of the botanicals and flavoring the vaporized white spirit. The system further includes a condenser in fluid communication with and downstream of the flavor vessel to obtain a redistilled alcohol product. Methods of redistilling an alcohol are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew P. McCann
  • Patent number: 10736349
    Abstract: Foamed meat or fish products and methods of producing the same are provided. The methods comprise feeding a raw material comprising comminuted meat or fish and connective tissue to a dispersing apparatus. A gas is also provided to the dispersing apparatus and the dispersing apparatus operated to provide the foamed meat or fish product. The foamed meat or fish products so produced include gas bubbles having an average size of 0.1 to 7 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MARS, Incorporated
    Inventor: Johannes P. Schlebusch
  • Patent number: 10226716
    Abstract: A device for reducing the alcohol content of wines and other alcoholic beverages, comprising a distillation column (71) of the liquid to be treated, a first sensor (31) for measuring the temperature of the liquid, a heating resistance (41) for heating the liquid, a second sensor (55) for measuring the temperature of the vapors in the column (71) and an outlet pipe (60) of the vapors, which is connected to a condenser (18) and then reaches a collection container (24), inside of which the vacuum is provided by means of a setting solenoid valve (20) and a vacuum pump (21), which are connected to a pressure sensor (19); an electronic control circuit (16) detects the measurements made by the temperature sensors (31, 55) and by the pressure sensor (19) and adjusts the power of the heating resistance (41) and the opening of the setting solenoid valve (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: PROGETTO 3000 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Fabbian
  • Patent number: 10123559
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for combing ozone and water to deliver ozonated water in a rinse stream. The ozone rain pan finds particular use for rinsing food products traveling along a conveyor line with ozonated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Smith, Thoram Charanda
  • Patent number: 9675956
    Abstract: A process for converting triacylglycerides-containing oils into crude oil precursors and/or distillate hydrocarbon fuels is disclosed. The process may include reacting a triacylglycerides-containing oil-carbon dioxide mixture at a temperature in the range from about 250° C. to about 525° C. and a pressure greater than about 75 bar to convert at least a portion of the triacylglycerides to a hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons comprising one or more of isoolefins, isoparaffins, cycloolefins, cycloparaffins, and aromatics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Lummus Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin I. Greene
  • Patent number: 9603375
    Abstract: Heating an oil from a plant or animal while supplying oxygen at a dissolved oxygen supply speed of not less than 0.058 mg/L/min to the oil from plant or animal is a convenient production method of a material for food or drink, which is capable of imparting an aroma and/or a flavor, which are/is mellow and rich in variety, to a food or drink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AJINOMOTO CO., INC.
    Inventors: Hideki Yamamoto, Yukiko Takakura, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 9560862
    Abstract: Heating an oil from a plant or animal while supplying oxygen at a dissolved oxygen supply speed of not less than 0.058 mg/L/min to the oil from plant or animal is a convenient production method of a material for food or drink, which is capable of imparting an aroma and/or a flavor, which are/is mellow and rich in variety, to a food or drink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AJINOMOTO CO., INC.
    Inventors: Hideki Yamamoto, Yukiko Takakura, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 9480274
    Abstract: Protein concentrates and protein isolates, in addition to processes for the production of protein concentrates hydrolyzates thereof and protein isolates, are disclosed. In particular, the disclosure relates to a process for removing fiber from an oilseed meal, comprising: i) mixing an oilseed meal with a blending solvent, optionally water, saline solution, polysaccharide solution or protein containing solution, to form a mixture; ii) optionally adjusting the pH of the protein slurry to a pH of about 2 to about 10; iii) separating the mixture to form a protein slurry comprising soluble and insoluble proteins and an insoluble fiber fraction, and iv) extracting the protein slurry with an alcohol containing solvent to render soluble protein insoluble and separating and recovering the insoluble protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Qingnong Nelson Tang
  • Patent number: 9446991
    Abstract: An improved composition comprising substantial spherical UFP particles and an active agent, such as NBPT, and optionally other components is used as an additive for liquid and solid fertilizers, typically containing urea. Methods of making the compositions and their use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Koch Angronomic Services, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt D Gabrielson, Stacey L Wertz, Drew R Bobeck, Allen R Sutton
  • Patent number: 9237757
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for accelerating the ripening of bananas to a color stage of 3.0 to 3.5. Also provided herein are bananas ripened according to the methods of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Jiwon Jeong
  • Patent number: 9139851
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of an ensiling agent comprising an acidifying formate for the treatment of unchopped beets. In addition, the invention relates to methods for sugar and ethanol production from sugar beets. By using the ensiling agent, sugar degradation can be significantly reduced in sugar beets during storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: KWS SAAT SE
    Inventor: Andreas von Felde
  • Patent number: 9131717
    Abstract: A shelf-stable, non-refrigerated reduced-calorie beverage that contains about 8 to about 12% fruit juice by volume is provided. The beverage contains at least one nutritive sweetener and at least one non-nutritive sweetener. Preferably, the equivalent sucrose sweetness ratio of the at least one non-nutritive sweetener to all of the total sweeteners is from about 0.35 to about 0.45. Preferably, the at least one non-nutritive sweetener comprises aspartame and acesulfame potassium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Helen Akinruli, Cynthia Clark, Rama Gadiraju
  • Publication number: 20150132456
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8940347
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a method of processing oil, comprising providing a high shear device comprising at least one rotor and at least one complementarily-shaped stator configured to mix a gas with a liquid; contacting a gas with an oil in the high shear device, wherein the gas is an inert gas or a reactive gas; and forming a product, wherein the product is a solution, a dispersion, or combination thereof. Herein also disclosed is a high shear system for processing oil, comprising; at least one high shear device, having an inlet and at least one rotor and at least one complementarily-shaped stator configured to mix a gas with a liquid; a gas source fluidly connected to the inlet; an oil source fluidly connected to the inlet; and a pump positioned upstream of a high shear device, the pump in fluid connection with the inlet and the oil source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Aziz Hassan, Rayford G. Anthony
  • Patent number: 8915402
    Abstract: The invention is a depositing device (5) for depositing flowable food containing gas comprising a pressurized feed line conveying flowable food containing gas under pressure into the food; piston (60) means operatively connected to the feed line comprising a piston and a chamber (61); an outlet to deliver food at the atmospheric pressure into molds (85). The device comprises a pressure retaining means (9) arranged to retain the product in the chamber at the same pressure as the line pressure and to deliver the product through the outlet as pressure in the chamber increases from the line pressure upon descent of the piston in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roy B. Nelson, William Walter Coatesworth, John Howard Walker, Jonathan Sutton, Richard Johnson Craggs
  • Publication number: 20140342064
    Abstract: A crisper drawer for postponing postharvest produce deterioration having a drawer housing that substantially defines the size and shape of the crisper drawer and fits within a residential refrigerator. A chamber within the drawer housing is cooled by the refrigerator. An ozone generator provides gaseous ozone to the chamber, and an ethylene scrubber reduces levels of ethylene in the chamber. An ozone level control with the ozone generator controls ozone levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent Arrigo
  • Publication number: 20140248405
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for thermal treatment of olives or other oleaginous fruits are described. The method and apparatus are for crushing in controlled or modified atmosphere and for kneading in controlled or modified atmosphere, allowing to reduce the kneading times, improving the working capacity of the line, concomitantly preserving the quality of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Maria Lisa Clodoveo
  • Publication number: 20140234502
    Abstract: There is provided a method of treating produce comprising the step of exposing said produce to an atmosphere containing (i) 100 ppb to 5,000 ppb by volume of one or more cyclopropene compound, and (ii) ethylene, wherein the ratio of ethylene concentration by volume to cyclopropene concentration by volume is from 0.1:1 to 8:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Giovanni Regiroli
  • Patent number: 8808776
    Abstract: A produce chamber (1) is provided to subject produce in a crate (7) to a controlled atmosphere. The chamber (1) has at least one inflatable/deflatable balloon seal structure (15) for sealingly engaging with a side wall of a produce crate (7) which has at least one opening (13) in a side wall (11) thereof. The balloon seal structure (15) has at least one discharge opening (19) that aligns with the at least one crate opening (13). Crates (7) with produce therein can be loaded in the chamber (1) with the balloon seal structure (15) deflated. The balloon seal structure (15) can then be inflated and controlled atmosphere allowed to circulate through the balloon seal structure (15) and discharged from the opening (19) and through the crate opening (13) to expose the produce to a controlled atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Andrew North, Gary Martin North
  • Patent number: 8795753
    Abstract: A method for producing dough which has reduced proofing time. The proofing time is at least 33% less that required in the absence of vacuum exercising. The method comprises mixing the dough ingredients, forming gas nucleation sites by proofing the dough, exercising the dough by subjecting the dough to cycles of differential pressure, allowing the dough to return to ambient pressure and then, optionally, baking the dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Praveen Upreti, Rohit Jalali, Melissa D. Haller
  • Publication number: 20140199450
    Abstract: A method of maintaining freshly harvested fruit in a fresh condition includes treating freshly picked highly-hydrated fruit with a composition comprising a lower alkyl naphthalene at a rate of less than about 10 ppm. Another method includes treating freshly picked berries en route to market with a vapor of 1,4 DMN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: 1,4 GROUP, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140193548
    Abstract: The process comprises of the drying, curing and conservation of solid and semi-solid foodstuffs through the application of pressure changes of a value equal, greater or less than atmospheric pressure, for the administration and control of an oxidising gas and subsequent extraction from the chamber. The installation is composed of a hermetically-sealed chamber or recipient with mechanisms to apply positive or negative pressure, along with systems of temperature and moisture control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Luis Godoy Varo
  • Publication number: 20140154380
    Abstract: A method of producing aroma enhanced gas for use in a beverage making machine, to make a beverage, includes producing an enhanced aroma solid gas source using at least an enhancing compound as part of an ingredient, forming an aroma precipitate through conversion of an aroma vapor released during a preparation process which utilizes at least the ingredient, and mixing predefined ratio of the aroma precipitate with a solid gas source to form an aroma enhanced solid gas source. Exemplary embodiments include allowing the aroma enhanced solid gas source to sublimate emitting an aroma enhanced gas, dissolving a portion of the aroma enhanced gas into the beverage diluent liquid, and mixing the beverage diluent liquid in predefined ratio with at least one of a beverage ingredient to form a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Brown, Jitender Chhliar, Nicole Zhang, HongGuan Xu, Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8741367
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a food product-forming apparatus, with a movable form-body, in which the food product is formed, and a knock out cup, which executes a knock-out-movement, that removes the food product from the form-body, whereas the knock out cup comprises an at least partially permeable bottom, through which a fluid-medium can be ejected and whereas, during the knock-out movement, a fluid-medium cushion is created, at least temporarily beneath the permeable bottom. The present invention furthermore comprises a process for the production of food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: CFS Bakel B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Petrus Gerardus Van Gerwen, Jacobus Johannes Maria Van Der Laak
  • Patent number: 8734882
    Abstract: Provided is a carbonated drink having a high gas pressure which has improved bubble qualities and enhanced drinkability, is packaged in a container having a resealable cap, maintains a refreshing sensation, a light flavor and a pleasant cooling sensation expected in a carbonated drink having a high gas pressure even when opened and recapped and stored. The carbonated drink is a container-packaged carbonated drink, contains a condensed phosphate(s) in a concentration of 50 ppm or more and less than 2000 ppm, and has a gas pressure of 2.0 to 5.0 kg/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ido, Tetsuya Komine
  • Patent number: 8720082
    Abstract: An improved desolventizer toaster and methods are provided wherein a solvent vapor recycle system may be employed to recycle solvent vapor throughout a portion of the desolventizer portion of the apparatus housing. In other embodiments of the invention, a water vapor recycle system may be employed to recycle water vapor throughout a portion of the toaster portion of the apparatus housing. The solvent vapor recycle system may comprise an appropriate meal dust separator, blower and superheater. The water vapor recycle system may comprise an appropriate ejector or blower and superheater. Water vapor recovered in the solvent extraction process may be used as a water vapor feed to the heated water vapor recycling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Desmet Ballestra North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy G. Kemper, Marc Kellens, Philippe Van Doosselaere
  • Patent number: 8697162
    Abstract: Container containing a gassed acidulated beverage capable of producing a foam when the container is opened and the beverage poured. The beverage contains an additive which reduces the rate of release of the gas from the beverage when the container has been opened, without the beverage being poured. The additive has one or more of the following: an HLB value in the range 7-16; a molecular weight in the range 200-3000; and it is present in an amount of from 0.01 to 100 mg/l.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Thos. Bentley & Son Limited
    Inventor: Roy Kenneth Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140072682
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for accelerating the ripening of bananas to a color stage of 3.0 to 3.5. Also provided herein are bananas ripened according to the methods of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Chiquita Brands L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jiwon Jeong
  • Patent number: 8647696
    Abstract: The invention discloses a shelf stable food product. The product comprises a continuous aqueous phase, liquid oil droplets dispersed in the continuous aqueous phase, and protein coated gas bubbles. The continuous aqueous phase constitutes from 20% to 80% by volume (or weight) of the food product and the liquid oil droplets and protein coated gas bubbles are from 0.5 ?m to 10 ?m in diameter. The protein comprises cysteine amino acid residues, but is not a hydrophobin. The invention also discloses a method of forming an aqueous dispersion of protein coated gas bubbles suitable for forming the above food product. The method comprises dissolving a protein capable of forming coated gas bubbles in water with stirring, sonicating the protein solution at a temperature below but within 6° C. of the protein's denaturation temperature in the presence of oxygen, and controlling the temperature within these limits. Any protein debris from the resultant dispersion of protein coated gas bubbles is separated out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Birmingham
    Inventors: Ian Timothy Norton, Philip William Cox, Fideline Laure Tchuenbou-Magaia
  • Publication number: 20130108750
    Abstract: A cooking device, having a cooking surface made of a solid corrugated panel that is positioned at a non-horizontal angle such that fats and greases drain first into natural troughs in the panel and then down into a drainage trough running along a lower front edge of the cooking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Santiago Vitagliano
  • Publication number: 20130040025
    Abstract: Cooking, smoking and aromatization device which consists of a casing or container (1) comprising a plurality of sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) communicating with the main cooking chamber (6) by means of a plurality of channels or ducts (7) which are controlled by a plurality of valves (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d), there being at least one for each of the sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) so that the contents of each of said sealed. compartments are supplied to the central cooking compartment (6) with a constantly controlled flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Flavio Morganti
  • Publication number: 20130011885
    Abstract: Methods are provided for the efficient fractionation of lignocellulosic biomasses into cellulosic, hemicellulosic and lignin fractions, wherein concentrated organic acid vapors are applied to the biomass at elevated temperatures at the location(s) or near the location(s) where the biomass has been harvested and gathered, to at least partly depolymerize or substantially solubilize the hemicelluloses and lignins in the biomass. The organic acid-treated biomass is in either case then dried and pelletized for extended bulk storage and/or for shipment to a second facility some distance away. The organic acid-treated biomass may be processed into desired chemicals, fuels and/or fuel additives at the local processing site or at a second facility away from the local processing site, or the pelletized material may be used as a ruminant feed locally or at a feedlot some distance removed from the local processing site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas P. Binder, Paul D. Bloom, Perry H. Doane, Chi-Cheng Ma
  • Patent number: 8329618
    Abstract: A composition containing at least one essential oil, especially clove oil, and at least one of lactic acid ethyl ester and lactic acid n-butyl ester. A tuber having, on at least a part of a surface thereof, the disclosed composition. A method of applying the invention composition onto the surface of a tuber. A method of contacting a potato tuber “on the line” with at least one essential oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Aceto Agricultural Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Schafer, Terry Kippley
  • Patent number: 8247013
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing frozen dough which can be directly transferred from freezer to oven without a proofing or thawing step. The process comprises mixing the dough ingredients, forming gas nucleation sites, exercising the dough by subjecting to cycles of pressure differentials and freezing the dough. The frozen product can be transferred directly from the freezer to an oven for baking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Praveen Upreti, Rohit Jalali, Melissa Haller, Nikolay Shkolnik, Pavel Yurievich Koblents, Dmitry Ivanovich Pivunov
  • Patent number: 8227012
    Abstract: Specifically, a dry corn fractionation system which operates to produce an endosperm fraction which can be concurrently of greater purity at greater yield than obtainable from corn milling or dry corn milling processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: MOR Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth E. DeLine, Daniel L. Claycamp, Daniel Fetherston, Rodger T. Marentis
  • Patent number: 8216628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for purifying starches. More particularly, the invention relates to a method of removing off-flavors, off-odors, and off-colors from starches by extraction of the components causing the off-flavors, off-odors, and off-colors with a fluid in the supercritical or liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Corn Products Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Maximilian Koxholt, Paul A. Altieri, Rodger T. Marentis, Peter T. Trzasko
  • Patent number: 8211471
    Abstract: A process for the production of cross-linked beadlets containing one or more active ingredients selected from the group of a fat-soluble vitamin active material, a carotenoid and a polyunsaturated fatty acid is provided. The process comprises treating a dry particulate form at a temperature in the range of from 90° C. to 140° C. for a time period of from 30 seconds to 30 minutes or from 1 minute to 10 minutes or from 3 minutes to 7 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Sylvain Diguet, Torsten Huber, Johann Ulm
  • Patent number: 8187655
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of dehydrating pieces of intact plant or animal tissue, said pieces containing at least 30 wt. % of water, the method comprising (i) contacting the pieces of intact tissue with a pressurized gas to reduce the water content of the pieces by at least 50%, said pressurized gas having a pressure of at least 0.5×Pc and a temperature of at least Tc?60° C., Pc representing the critical pressure of the gas and Tc representing the critical temperature of the gas, and (ii) separating the pressurized gas from the dehydrated pieces, wherein at least 80 wt. %, preferably at least 90 wt. % of the matter removed by the gas from the pieces of intact plant or animal tissue is water. The invention also provides a method of dehydrating a material containing at least 30 wt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Feyecon Development & Implementation B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus G. M. Agterof, Rajni Bhatia, Gerard W. Hofland
  • Patent number: 8178145
    Abstract: Methods and systems for applying CIPC and/or other sprout-inhibiting substances to post-harvest potatoes and/or other vegetables are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of applying sprout inhibitor includes directing a first portion of an aerosol of the sprout inhibitor toward a top portion of a pile of potatoes, and then directing a second portion of the aerosol toward a bottom portion of the pile. In one aspect of this embodiment, directing the aerosol toward a top portion of the pile can include operating a facility fan at a flow rate of 6 SCFM or more in a first direction, and directing the aerosol toward a bottom portion of the pile can include operating the fan at a flow rate of 6 SCFM or more in a second direction, opposite to the first direction. In another aspect of this embodiment, the sprout inhibitor aerosol can include a mixture of CIPC and solvent (e.g., clove oil) that remains liquid at temperatures less than 105° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: JMC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Micka, Carlos Arias
  • Patent number: 8158176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of carbon monoxide as a process aid to ameliorate the loss of red color of fat-beef-trimmings while they are heat treated to produce finely textured beef. Finely textured beef, sometimes known as fat reduced beef, is produced from trimmings. The finely textured beef may be exposed to an elevated level of carbon monoxide before, during, or after the finely textured beef is heated to improve the final color of the finely textured beef product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventor: Rudy Steiner
  • Patent number: 8124009
    Abstract: Aeration drying and disinfecting grain crops in bulk and pretreating seeds includes passing through a bulk of grain crops and seeds disinfecting and drying agents including an ozone and air mixture and surrounding air, subdividing the disinfecting and drying agents into a plurality of streams spaced from one another in a vertical direction, and passing the streams at different heights through levels located at corresponding heights of the bulk of grain crops and seeds transversely in a substantially horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Vitaliy G. Danchenko, Ronald T. Noyes, Larysa P. Potapovych
  • Patent number: 8088430
    Abstract: An improved method for preparing a shortening composition comprising the steps of blending a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil with an emulsifier to form a liquid mixture, the emulsifier comprising monoglycerides and diglycerides; utilizing a pre-determined minimum cooling rate, a nucleation temperature and a nucleation time for the mixture; blending an inert gas into the liquid mixture until the mixture comprises at least 5% by volume inert gas; pumping the mixture through a scraped surface heat exchanger to rapidly cool the mixture, wherein the temperature of the mixture changes at a rate of at least the minimum cooling rate; controlling the cooling rate of the mixture within the scraped surface heat exchanger such that the mixture is cooled to the nucleation temperature before the mixture exits the scraped surface heat exchanger; pumping the cooled mixture from the scraped surface heat exchanger to a working unit before the nucleation time has elapsed, wherein the nucleation time is measured from the moment a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Ventura Foods, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Schlegel, Ray Bidwell, Joseph N. Higgs
  • Patent number: 8067048
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for cooking French fries without cooking oil. The apparatus relies on high pressure inert gas at high temperature as the cooking medium. The inert gas acts both as a heat transfer medium to cook the potatoes, and as a protective atmosphere to prevent charring and oxidation of the potatoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: James Edward Maguire
  • Publication number: 20110250335
    Abstract: A plant has a line to convey trays and a processing chamber under modified atmospheric conditions that has a regulating chamber with gates at an entrance and a regulating chamber (9) with gates at an exit to introduce and extract trays with foodstuff. Before the input regulating chamber there is a stacking device for stacking trays, after the exit of the input regulating chamber (4) and inside the processing chamber there is an unstacking device, and transfer device are arranged to introduce stacks of trays in the processing chamber through the regulating chamber in order to provide sufficient time to regulate the atmospheric conditions in the regulating chamber without lowering the advance rate of the trays in the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: METALQUIMIA, S.A.
    Inventor: Narcis Lagares Corominas
  • Patent number: 8012524
    Abstract: The present invention aims at providing novel spread and edible oil having excellent characteristics as a spread or an edible oil. An edible oil and a suitable emulsifier, in a water-in-oil type emulsion is filled with a suitable gas propellant into an aerosol container, and the emulsion is discharged as mousse form at the time of jetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Meiji Dairies Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Komatsu, Shigeru Tamai
  • Patent number: 7976887
    Abstract: Volatile components are obtained by steam extraction of tasty materials. Coffee beans following roasting or tea leaves following tea manufacturing are used as tasty materials. Steam extraction includes of processing in which steam is contacted with a tasty material followed by recovery of the steam after that contact. Saturated water vapor or super heated steam is used for the steam, while super heated steam is used preferably. The coffee beans are preferably those that have been obtained by roasting raw coffee beans using super heated steam. The food or drink contains the aromatic components, and preferably contains the volatile components as well as an aqueous extract of the tasty material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pokka Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Yumiko Aoyama, Michiya Hayashi, Keiichi Narita