In Container Having Diverse Utility, E.g., Dispensing, Etc. Patents (Class 426/394)
  • Patent number: 11167910
    Abstract: An assembly including a container having a first end and an opposing second end. The assembly also includes a housing for removably receiving a cartridge of the type including a substance storage compartment for storing a substance therein. The housing is connectable to the second end of the container. When connected to the container, the housing is movable relative to the container. A rupturing device is provided for rupturing the storage compartment upon relative movement between the housing and container, so as to combine any storage compartment contents with any container contents. The rupturing device is mounted within the container. A container opening is provided in the first end of the container; and a closure provided for sealing the container opening. The closure is movable between a closed position, and an open position for providing access to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Ben Acott
  • Patent number: 10457466
    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: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 9939162
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) boiler controller is described herein. One HVAC boiler controller includes a memory and a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to receive a weather forecast for an area in which the boiler of the HVAC system is located, receive a current outdoor temperature, determine a set point of the boiler based, at least in part, on the received weather forecast and the received current outdoor temperature, and adjust the set point of the boiler to the determined set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Kriz, Petr Wagner
  • Patent number: 9567154
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the preparation of a foamed drink comprising the steps of: providing a capsule containing a foamable ingredient; providing a receptacle positioned to collect fluid escaping from the capsule; injecting liquid into the capsule to mix with the foamable ingredient; allowing the foamable ingredient mixed with the liquid to escape from the capsule into the receptacle; followed by injecting further liquid into the receptacle in a jet having a diameter of from about 0.5 to about 2 mm to produce foamed liquid in the receptacle. The invention also provides capsules, apparatus and systems specifically adapted for use in the method. Preferably, the food ingredient is a milk powder, and the method produces a hot foamed beverage such as a cappuccino coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: David Andrew James Hester, Glenn Harrison, John Charles Cooke, Jon William Shaw
  • Patent number: 9314130
    Abstract: An infusion unit for use in a machine for dispensing beverages from a single-use capsule is described. The infusion unit has a capsule holder openable into two rotatably connected parts to allow insertion and subsequent ejection of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: IMPER S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Stefanoni
  • Patent number: 9028898
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to illustrative embodiments of an apparatus and method for maintaining carbonation of sparkling beverages, such as sparkling wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages such as sodas and coffee. A transparent, shatter-resistant, height-adjustable carbonation enclosure is used to contain an opened bottle of a sparkling beverage. An air-tight carbonation cap with a built-in one-way valve is used to re-carbonate the beverage inside the bottle using a pressurized gas source. The base of the carbonation enclosure includes a platform that may be used to adjust the effective height of the enclosure to fit the height of the bottle and provide an air-tight interface between an opening of the bottle and the carbonation cap. The carbonation enclosure further includes a number of openings to open air to prevent pressurization of the carbonation enclosure. Another illustrative embodiment includes a safety enclosure for multiple bottles pressurized directly by conical nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: R. Evan Wallace
  • Patent number: 8993022
    Abstract: A carry out food bowl comprising a bowl and a removable cover. The bowl includes a conversion demarcation, which defines a conversion section. The conversion section includes a portion of a sidewall of the bowl and a bottom portion of the bowl. The user would depress the conversion section inward creating a new bowl support surface, wherein the new support surface tilts an opening of the bowl. A condiment container receptacle can be integrated into the cover to retain a condiment container assembly. This associates the condiment with the contents of the bowl. The bowl and lid can include a stacking interface enabling one to attach a second bowl onto a cover of a first bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Allen D. Hertz
  • Patent number: 8986765
    Abstract: A carbonated beverage container includes a bottle having a flexible sidewall of generally circular cross section, a cap for closing a top opening of the bottle, pairs of coupling elements provided on diametrically opposite portions of the sidewall respectively and configured to be pushed towards each other and couple together, thereby partially collapsing the bottle and expelling a predetermined amount of air therefrom. A method of preserving the taste of carbonated beverage in a container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Ashleigh Ka Ying Chu, Nga Man Cheng, Chung Man Shum
  • Publication number: 20150079229
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for dough processing, a method for providing a container for a dough product, a container, and a product formed by a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Noel Galluch, Kristin Alongi, Renee LaLonde, Rohit Jalali
  • Publication number: 20150079237
    Abstract: The present invention describes methods for preparing instant food and snacks and the making of an instant liquid meal or snack. The invention teaches a technique of preparing single-serve instant liquid and solid meals or snacks to be cooked in same container using commercial brewers and preparation equipment. A kit that contains dry food components that get cooked in the same container resulting in a liquid meal with solid particulates is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: ALY GAMAY, Chris Broadhurst
  • Publication number: 20150079228
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for dough processing, a method for providing a container for a dough product, a container, and a product formed by a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Noel Galluch, Kristin Alongi, Renee LaLonde, Rohit Jalali
  • Patent number: 8962050
    Abstract: A container for holding novelty items, toys or candies that is an openable closed-shape with a lock/release plug. The closed-shape can be repeatedly opened and closed to remove and refill the novelty items. The container can be any closed-shape required for end use. A lock/release plug is used to both open and lock the closed-shape into a closed state. The lock/release plug is dimensioned to fit within the interior diameter of the closed-shape. The closed-shape has slots proximate each open end that interact with compression tabs on the lock/release plug. A center stop assists in aligning the compression tabs with the slots. The container can be configured to be a hula hoop or be adorned on one's body, such as a necklace or a bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Domenick Merlino
  • Patent number: 8956674
    Abstract: A food holding device includes a holding bin and an optional heating component. The holding bin has a specified average surface roughness Ra on at least a portion of the surface intended to be contacted with food during storage of the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Purgatorio
  • Patent number: 8951590
    Abstract: A tubular bag packaging for bar-shaped food products is made of a film with first and second longitudinal edges. The film has a first seal section at the first longitudinal edge. A flap section at the second longitudinal edge has a second seal section along the second longitudinal edge. The film is closed at the seal sections by forming a continuous back seam in longitudinal direction as a fold-over seam. The film is sealed at transverse edges by transverse seams. The back seam has end face edges adjoining the transverse seams. The flap section has a linear separation cut as a tearing aid disposed on at least one of the end face edges and extending away from the end face edge in longitudinal direction. The film in the area of the second seal section with linear separating cut has a pressure deformation line that extends in longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ritter Schönbuch Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Dieter Hätinger, Johannes Graf
  • Publication number: 20140370162
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include food packages and related methods. In an embodiment, the invention includes a food package. The food package can include an exterior sealing enclosure, an interior barrier, the interior barrier separating the first compartment and the second adjacent compartment, a first food component, and a second food component. The exterior sealing enclosure can include a first compartment, a second adjacent compartment, a top, a bottom, a first side, and a second side. The interior barrier can be frangible through manual manipulation by a consumer without rupturing the exterior sealing enclosure. In an embodiment, the invention includes a method of packaging food components. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Harit Kantichandra Vyas, Bhagwati Prakash, Patrick McKendry, Steve Viet Huynh
  • Patent number: 8895091
    Abstract: A cover shell and container assembly comprising the cover shell and a tray or pan is disclosed. The cover shell includes inward projecting standoffs which restrict movement of a food product in the pan or tray and reduces damage to decorative elements of the food product during distribution and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Richard Boyer
  • Publication number: 20140335235
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaged frozen precooked dough or batter-based food products and methods of heating the food products. The packaged precooked frozen dough or batter-based food products comprises one or more frozen precooked dough or batter-based food products that are encased in a pouch for heating. The pouch is sealed with the exception of the presence of two or more vent holes that function to release air or steam that may otherwise cause the food product to become soggy when they are heated in an oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL MILLS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony W. Swenson, Neil E. Zaporski
  • Publication number: 20140272044
    Abstract: One disclosed aspect of the embodiments is a technique to package a dish having strips of dough, garnishes, pieces of meat, and broth. A main container has an inner wall and is configured to be sealed with a main lid. A secondary container has an outer wall and is configured to contain a first type of broth and sealed with a secondary lid. The secondary container is placed inside the main container such that the outer wall and the inner wall form a space accommodating the strips of dough and the pieces of meat. A separator is placed above the secondary container to hold the garnishes underneath the main lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Van-Thanh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8834948
    Abstract: Methods and systems for producing a food product having a liquid component and an insoluble component, such as soups or stews. A food product assembly may include a cartridge containing a liquid component medium that is usable by a beverage forming machine to produce a liquid component of the food product. A second container, to which the cartridge may be removably attached, may contain the insoluble component of the food product, and may receive the liquid component so as to hold both the insoluble component and liquid component together, e.g., for consumption by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Estabrook, Marc Angotti, Thomas J. Novak
  • Publication number: 20140242232
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing shellfish including providing a substantially flexible liquid-permeable container having at least one open end; providing a plurality of shellfish in the container; closing the or each open end of the container; and tensioning the container to compact the shellfish and prevent the shellfish from opening. In preferred embodiments the flexible liquid-permeable container includes a mesh bag which is tensioned by twisting to keep the shellfish closed while enabling the shellfish to be cooked, dried, and/or frozen in the bag. An apparatus adapted to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Alister John McDonald
  • Patent number: 8815318
    Abstract: Describe are food packages having features such as multiple containers in a single package and multiple pieces for a package; the packages can contain multiple food products including (for example) cereal and milk, for consumption together in a convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Zoss, Linda Baggio, Jeffrey Enz, Michael J. Engstrom, Bryan Scholtes
  • Publication number: 20140234514
    Abstract: A method of making a foamy beverage includes providing a liquid having at least one lipid-based ingredient therein and adding argon (Ar) gas to the liquid to provide a mixture for the foamy beverage. A beverage is also provided and includes a liquid mixture having at least one lipid-based ingredient therein and argon gas mixed into the liquid mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Steven FINLEY
  • Publication number: 20140234505
    Abstract: A package for holding a food product. The package comprises a carton comprising a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least two side panels. A tear feature extends at least partially across the plurality of panels for at least partially separating the carton into an upper portion and a lower portion. The package also comprises a liner disposed in the interior of the carton. The liner comprises an expandable region proximate to the tear feature of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley J. Burke
  • Patent number: 8808775
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. A carbon dioxide source can be provided in a cartridge which is used to generate carbon dioxide gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid. A beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in the same, or a separate cartridge as the carbon dioxide source and mixed with the precursor liquid to form a beverage. The use of one or more cartridges for the carbon dioxide source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making carbonated beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Novak, Ross Packard, Peter Peterson, Shawn Gulla
  • Patent number: 8778430
    Abstract: A method for the sale, transport, and display of prepared hard boiled and deviled eggs, employing a container which is configured for both storage and transport of boiled eggs is provided. The container features a first half having a receiving cavity which engages a second half providing a cover for eggs located within sectioned cavities in the receiving cavity. Flavorings with labels or other placeable indicia are provided so that egg fillings in the eggs in different sections may be flavored and identified by the labels or placeable indicia provided with the flavoring. Eggs with pre-prepared flavorings may be purchased in removably engageable sections separate from the container and later engaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Nancy Dietrich
  • Patent number: 8778429
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is shown 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: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Eggology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad M. Halpern
  • 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: 8734874
    Abstract: A beverage cup lid and a system and method incorporating such a lid is provided. The lid holds an individual serving dose of a beverage to be brewed. Hot water is poured into a chamber of the lid to brew the beverage. The brewed beverage is fed into an underlying cup through an outlet in the lid. The beverage can be consumed through an opening in the lid without removing the spent grounds contained in the lid, from which the beverage was brewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: UCAI Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Alfonso Ernesto Paolone
  • Patent number: 8709518
    Abstract: A system for managing the fluid intake of a person is disclosed. The system consists of multiple containers of various volumes, a common lid configured to incorporate a flow control valve, multiple flow control valves having varying flow rates, a date indicator ring incorporated circumferentially on said containers, a content indicator disposed on said lid, a chiller insert, and an optional slip on handle. The user selects a container based on the fluid needs of a person and a flow control valve based on the drinking ability of the person. The user fills the container with a drinkable fluid, and indicates the nature of the contents with the content indicator and the date of filling with the date indicator ring. The chiller insert allows the user to cool the contents without the possibility of dilution as with standard ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Young Jones
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8685479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule for delivering a food product by injection of a fluid under pressure into the capsule, said capsule having a chamber defined by capsule side walls, a flexible bottom wall and a top wall, said chamber containing at least one ingredient to be dissolved and/or extracted by said injection fluid, and a beverage dispensing structure having at least one dispensing opening disposed through the bottom wall, wherein said beverage dispensing structure includes a pressure retaining element adapted to retain a certain predetermined dissolution and/or extraction pressure in the chamber, disposed in the vicinity of the bottom wall, which includes a protrusion in correspondence to the dispensing opening so that said protrusion is disposed into the corresponding opening and restricts its diameter at the time injection fluid inside the capsule chamber moves said membrane towards said pressure retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Frederic Doleac, Stephane Hentzel, HansPeter Pleisch, Marc Raederer
  • Patent number: 8673379
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Lukasz D. Skalski, Timen T Van Dillen
  • Patent number: 8658234
    Abstract: A method of in-molding a food item in a package defining at least one cavity for holding the food item and having an opening for accessing the food item. Liquid food product is introduced into the at least one cavity and allowed to solidify to form a solid food product, which is then unseated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lion Rock Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: David Smith, David Riemersma, Mark Peters, Kevin Keough
  • Publication number: 20140037807
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a soft food container may be refillable with an interchangeable nozzle system. A base 104 may have a resealable opening 142 to receive a soft food product. A nozzle opening 302 may receive a food nozzle. A pressure release nozzle 352 may disperse the soft food product. A pliable shell may connect the base 104 to the nozzle opening 302.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Merris Delane
  • Publication number: 20140030390
    Abstract: The present invention provides a preformed dollop that is inserted into a dollop receptacle and a method for using and manufacturing the preformed dollop in the dollop receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Coyle, Howard Wurster, Jim Faller, Kaitlyn Higgins
  • Publication number: 20140023746
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for dough processing, a method for providing a container for a dough product, a container, and a product formed by a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Noel Galluch, Kristin Alongi, Renee LaLonde, Rohit Jalali
  • Patent number: 8628811
    Abstract: A process for preparing aerated ice confection particles by manufacturing an aerated ice confection in a mass; further freezing the mass cryogenically to a temperature close to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the aerated ice confection to form a aerated frozen mass, and comminuting the frozen mass to aerated ice confection particles with a high surface area to volume ratio. These particles can be used for a variety of purposes but preferably are used for forming frozen ice drinks in a simple, rapid and convenient manner. This is particularly useful when a single serving of such drinks is desired as no special equipment to make the drink is required. The invention also relates to packaging for the aerated ice confection particles and methods of making frozen ice drinks from the aerated ice confection particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Dinakar Panyam, Madansinh Nathusinh Vaghela, Nishant Ashok Joshi, Hoo Tung Vincent Chan
  • Publication number: 20140010928
    Abstract: A packaged edible including a generally cylindrical body of a foodstuff mixed with a preserving binder and arranged about a longitudinal axis and a dispensing package generally enclosing the generally cylindrical body of a foodstuff mixed with a preserving binder, the dispensing package including a first hand engageable enclosure portion generally surrounding the generally cylindrical body of a foodstuff mixed with a preserving binder, a distributing and driving element arranged to rotate about the longitudinal axis and a second hand engageable element arranged for manual rotation about the longitudinal axis and arranged to rotate the distributing and driving element about the longitudinal axis in operative engagement with the generally cylindrical body of a foodstuff mixed with a preserving binder for dispensing the foodstuff mixed with a preserving binder in a user controllable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Rafi Orel
  • Publication number: 20130337129
    Abstract: A food holding device includes a holding bin and an optional heating component. The holding bin has a specified average surface roughness Ra on at least a portion of the surface intended to be contacted with food during storage of the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Purgatorio
  • Patent number: 8597702
    Abstract: A method to improve shelf life of a baked edible product includes baking dough in a sealable container that is provide with a lining of flexible material, thereby converting the dough into a baked edible product. Thereafter, a top surface of the baked edible product is covered using the flexible material and placed against a surface at baking temperature. The container may be inverted. Thereafter, the container and baked edible product is cooled in a dry and sterile atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Akimoto
  • Patent number: 8591976
    Abstract: A pouch, designed to be attached, either directly or indirectly, to a container, is provided with two end portions, each of which is formed with an elongated slit. When the pouch is directly attached atop a container, the end portions are pulled over the lid and catch a rim portion of the container. When the pouch is placed upon a lid covered container, the end portions of the pouch can catch or engage the lid. In accordance with an aspect of the invention, a pair of spaced slits extends from each elongated slit, thereby creating a tab or flap in each end portion. The flap is configured to either directly catch a rim of the container or be tucked under the lid, i.e., between the lid and the container, to attach the pouch to the lid and, indirectly, the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil E. Zaporski, Anthony W. Swenson
  • Patent number: 8591978
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Lukasz D. Skalski, Timen T. Van Dillen
  • Patent number: 8578926
    Abstract: Self-heating containers comprise a reaction chamber and a heating chamber. The heating chamber is sized to contain a substance to be heated. The reaction chamber contains reactants which, when contacted, exothermically react. The reaction chamber is divided into a first compartment and a second compartment with a barrier therebetween. The barrier comprises a first barrier portion and a second barrier portion. The first barrier portion is attached to a reaction chamber wall and has an opening sized to allow reactants to flow through from one compartment to the other. The second barrier portion is attached to the first barrier portion to close the opening. The barrier can be opened by moving an actuator into engagement with the second barrier portion to dislodge the second barrier portion from the first barrier portion and thereby open the barrier. In certain embodiments, the heating chamber can be a can with prepackaged comestible substance therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Heat Wave Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Ford, Douglas Lund
  • Patent number: 8574647
    Abstract: An exemplary device for semi-solid foods includes a separator for insertion in a food container having an optional lid. The separator provides an upper compartment for solid foods and a lower compartment for liquids. The separator has a base, and a ramp extending upwards therefrom. The separator preferably provides a barrier such that liquid in the container does not traverse the intersection between the separator and the container sidewall inner surface. When the container is tilted to dispense the food therein, liquid in the lower compartment flows out through a ramp opening (such as an aperture in the ramp or a separation between the ramp and the container sidewall), without flowing through a base aperture. When the container is returned to a level position, any fluid in the upper compartment may return to the lower compartment via an optional fluid channel in the ramp and through the base aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Free Flow Fluids, LLC
    Inventor: Larry T. Gunderson
  • 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: 8568810
    Abstract: The self-making bread method includes: weighing a certain amount of ingredients according to a bread recipe and placing them in a bread ingredient box; putting the bread ingredient box into the corresponding containing region of the top portion of the bread machine; using the jagged ring of the bottom portion of said containing region to open the thin film of the bottom portion of the bread ingredient box, so the ingredients will fall into the mixing container in the bread machine; controlling the water delivering mechanism inside the bread machine to deliver a certain amount of water into said mixing container; starting the mixing device inside the bread machine, which mixes the ingredients into an appropriate dough; turning off the mixing device; energizing the electric heating tube in the bread machine, to bake the dough inside the mixing container into bread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhanghou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih Ming Wen, Shangqian Gao
  • Patent number: 8557315
    Abstract: The invention concerns a foamed tea beverage composed of: a mixture of liquid and bubbles, a foam head above the mixture of liquid and bubbles, characterized in that the beverage is deprived of any creamer, lipid or thickener agent, and in that the said beverage is generated from the combination of water, a powdered tea composition having a tea extract powder, and a food-grade acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Eckhard Seid, Jean Pacault
  • Publication number: 20130266705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, means and packaging system to preserve nutritious values of food included in a food dish. The invention is characterized in that the food ingredients are placed in a tempered storing container forming part of a storing system including a container (A) with a lid part (B), whereby the lid part has a chamber (C) for receiving of a phase exchangeable medium, and which chamber (C) is restricted of an inner covering part (E) which is sealed and attached to the lid part (B) by a joining means (F) at the same time forming a seal between the storing container and lid part, that the phase exchangeable medium is cools/heated during a phase exchange to a solid/liquid state and is placed on the storing container to cool/keeping warm/heating the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Carolina Sundberg
  • Publication number: 20130266699
    Abstract: A free-standing, microwavable food container capable of being used for both high pressure processing (HPP) and microwave reconstitution of food products. The container is designed so as to be capable of being hand-held, even after microwave heating of the food products contained therein. The design of the container, coupled with the incorporation of the pressure release valve, enables the container to be used to both HPP preserve the food product and reconstitute the food product in the same container while retaining the original organoleptic properties of the preserved food, including taste, texture and appearance. A method of combining the high pressure processing of food products and microwave reconstitution in the stand-up container containing the pressure release valve is also described. Typical food products preserved include vegetables, proteins and/or carbohydrates, optionally coated or mixed with powdered, pellet or cube sauce or gravy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: H.J. HEINZ COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan MIDDIS, Dragoljub ZEC
  • Patent number: 8551545
    Abstract: A food package for segregating ingredients of a multi-component food product, such as the multiple components of a sandwich, the package comprising an outer container to house a first food component and at least one flexible envelope or barrier film layer that encloses at least one intermediate food component allowing for separation of the intermediate food component during extended periods of storage and prior to opening the product. A method for opening the package comprises applying a pulling force to an externally located protruding end portion of the envelope, such that the envelope peels apart and separates into ruptured layers that are pulled out of the food product and out of the outer container by the continual pulling force from the protruding end portion. Another method for opening comprises heating the container such that the barrier film layer ruptures upon heating, thus providing for components of the food product to combine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Feldmeier, Metty Poei, Mary Amanda Lamp, Brian Patrick Lawless, David J. Smith, Edward L. Dickinson, Patsy Anthony Coppola, Stephen K. Guerrera, Robert Reid Andrews