By Covering Rigid Receptacle Or Support With Flexible Wrap Or Container Patents (Class 426/396)
  • Patent number: 10220994
    Abstract: A product can be packaged in vacuum skin packaging. The product is arranged on a support. A film sheet is provided above the support with the product being arranged between the support and the film sheet. The film sheet is air-tightly fixed to the support. A wall of the support is perforated to form at least one through hole. At least a portion of air is removed from within the support underneath the film sheet through the at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CRYOVAC, LLC
    Inventor: Riccardo Palumbo
  • Patent number: 9650164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging machine including a sealing device, said sealing device comprising at least a first and an individually controllable second sealing tool for producing a first and a second seal uniting a lower web with a top web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Holzem, Christian Geble
  • Patent number: 8911807
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a lid sealed to the compartment. The base member has a gripping portion and the lid has a tab which overlies the gripping portion when the lid is connected to the base member. In one form, the gripping portion of the base member has a plurality of edges that define an outer profile of the gripping portion and expose a portion of a lower surface of the tab. The outer profile limits tacking of the tab to the gripping portion when the lid and base member are cut from respective webs of material. Additionally, a method is provided for assembling a food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bonita M. Hinze, James F. Schmitt, David W. Wiseman, Daniel R. Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 8895092
    Abstract: A package including a tray (10) provided with a base (11), a plurality of sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) extending upwardly and slightly outwardly from said base (11), a primary flange (20) integrally joined to the upper edges of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) and extending outwardly all around the upper periphery of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15), a rim (21), i.e., a downward flap extending downwardly and tapering slightly outwardly from the outer periphery of the primary flange (20), and a secondary flange (22), i.e., an overhanging portion extending outwardly from the lower edge of the rim (21), said tray being characterized in that a plurality of strengthening ribs (23) extend substantially vertically along the rim (21) and outwardly with respect to the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris John Field, Stefano Capitani, Christoforos Chrysanthidis
  • Patent number: 8871286
    Abstract: A synthetic bacon board does not wick and may be printed on both the inside of the package, with direct food contact, and on the outside of the package. The synthetic bacon board is lighter than conventional bacon boards, reducing freight costs, and is recyclable (#5 recyclable polypropylene, for example). Since it does not wick, the synthetic bacon board may be more appealing to the consumer. Moreover, consumer messages, such as coupons with optional varying background colors, may be printed on the inside of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Marshall Fritz
  • Publication number: 20140308413
    Abstract: In one embodiment of an apparatus and process for packaging foodstuffs or other materials in a rigid container sealed by a flexible cover, a desired quantity of material to be packaged containing or together with some water or other liquid is placed in the container, the flexible cover is secured on the container so as to leave at least one unsealed opening, the container is heated and/or placed in a partial vacuum to bring the liquid above its boiling point to cause or permit vapor generated by the boiling liquid to expel other gases from the container through the unsealed opening, and the container is sealed while gas or vapor is still flowing out of the container through the unsealed opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jean-Francois M. BARDOU, Roland GUEZENNEC, Jean-Pierre LHOMMOND
  • 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: 20140193554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing a ready-to heat, preservative free meal, comprising selecting at least one food product; preparing each food product; placing the prepared food products within a container; thermalizing; cooling down; and conditioning. The ready-to heat, preservative free meal comprises at least one of a protein portion, a portion of slow carbohydrates and a portion of vegetables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: FLEURY MICHON
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Boissinot, Jean-Sébastien Chasles
  • Patent number: 8753699
    Abstract: A sterilized ready-meal food package comprising: a main container, defining a main volume and having a first opening at the upper part; a main food product held inside at least part of such main volume; at least one secondary container defining a secondary volume and having a second opening at the upper part; at least one secondary food product held inside at least part of the secondary volume; removable covering means arranged to occlude the first and the second opening. The main and secondary food products occupy at least 80% of the free volume available therefor; furthermore, the secondary container is associated in a removable manner inside the main container, in such a manner to occupy part of the main volume and reduce the free volume available for the main food product to a portion of the main volume. The finding also comprises a method for preparing the ready-meal food package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Iain Roberts, Eleanor Luna, George Kyaw Soe Maung Aye, Jeewon Jung, Giancarlo Tedeschi, Valentina Masotti, Francesca Passoni
  • Patent number: 8642102
    Abstract: A solid thermoformed plastic tray (10) provided with a base (11), a plurality of sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) extending upwardly and slightly outwardly from said base (11), a primary flange (20) integrally joined to the upper edges of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) and extending outwardly all around the upper periphery of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15), a rim (21), i.e., a downward flap extending downwardly and tapering slightly outwardly from the outer periphery of the primary flange (20), and a secondary flange (22), i.e., an overhanging portion extending outwardly from the lower edge of the rim (21), said tray being characterized in that a plurality of strengthening ribs (23) extend substantially vertically along the rim (21) and outwardly with respect to the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris John Field, Stefano Capitani, Christoforos Chrysanthidis
  • Patent number: 8529977
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel green tea beverage packed in a container which shows a good aroma release in the mouth and a lingering aftertaste, has a richness and concentration feeling in the flavor, and can be drunk delectably even in a cold state. Specifically disclosed is a green tea beverage packed in a container characterized in that: the concentration of saccharides, i.e., the sum of monosaccharides and disaccharides, is 150-500 ppm; the ratio by concentration of the disaccharides to the monosaccharides (disaccharides/monosaccharides) is 2.0-8.0; the ratio by concentration of electron-localized catechins to the aforesaid saccharides (electron-localized catechins/saccharides) is 1.8-4.0; and the ratio by content of furfural to geraniol (furfural/geraniol) is 0.5-3.0. It is preferred that the ratio by concentration of the aforesaid saccharides to soluble solid matters originating in tea leaves (saccharides/(soluble solid matters originating in tea leaves×100)) is 5.0 to 10.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Ito En, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Sasame, Hitoshi Kinugasa, Kenji Shimaoka, Takashi Soeda
  • Patent number: 8507020
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for packaging perishable foods. A packaging method in accordance with several embodiments of the disclosure can include, for example, mating a tray with a product. The tray can include a compartment having a generally similar shape as the shape of the product. The method can further include gas flushing an internal atmosphere around a product, and sealing the product and the internal atmosphere between a lid and the tray. Additionally, the method can include pasteurizing the product with an application of substantially uniform high pressure to a surface area of the package (e.g., high pressure pasteurization).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Columbus Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary DesLauriers, Paul Wolfert
  • Patent number: 8501259
    Abstract: A rack and carts system to hold salmons, trouts and any other kind of similar fish, in a way that a maximum freezing capacity is reached per tunnel (kilos of frozen product per hour) as well as an excellent product presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Yadran Quellon S.A.
    Inventor: Javier Ignacio Cabello Vergara
  • Publication number: 20130156909
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing packaged completely cooked rice or a packaged completely cooked mixed rice, comprising a steaming process of sterilizing and primarily cooking the contents in the opened container by filling the controlled steam having high pressure and high temperature in the steaming unit; a cooking process of additionally sterilizing the contents in the opened container by filling the controlled steam having high pressure and high temperature in the steaming unit, and supplying water in the contents, and then completely cooking the contents; and a sealing process of supplying clean nitrogen gas to the completely cooked contents in the sealing unit and sealing the upper end of the opened container with the lid film, wherein the steaming unit, cooking unit and the sealing unit are connected in turn in the one container so that the opened container can be input into and output from each of the units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Kwang Suk Yum, Jae Soo Youm, Jae Ung Yoo
  • Publication number: 20130115341
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for the preservation and regeneration of pre-baked bread. The method comprises a preservation phase including the steps of enclosing the pre-baked bread in a receptacle capable of withstanding high temperatures, and hermetically enclosing the receptacle in an atmosphere conducive to the preservation of the pre-baked bread. The method may further include the step of heating the receptacle containing the pre-baked bread. The system comprises a packaging for preservation of pre-baked bread, including a receptacle for containing the pre-baked bread, the receptacle being capable of withstanding high temperatures. The packaging also comprises an enclosure for hermetically enclosing the receptacle, the enclosure containing a gas conducive to the preservation of pre-baked bread, such as CO2. The system may also include an oven configured to heat the receptacle and pre-baked bread at a temperature between about 100 degrees and 250 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: BIMBO, S.A.
    Inventors: XAVIER PUJOL FORNOS, Susana Batres Gonzalez, Miquel Codina Giro
  • Patent number: 8357414
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging for products (such as fresh red meat) that are enclosed between a support member and a lid (i.e., a film). More specifically, the presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging comprising an elevation unit that raises the profile of the packaged product to contact the lid at any desired time, such as at the time of retail display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Becraft
  • Publication number: 20120183650
    Abstract: A method of packaging a moldable food product includes providing a base tray having a plurality of compartments arranged in an array, wherein each of the compartments has an interior space defining a volume for storing the moldable food product, an open end, and inter-compartmental walls extending from the open end on at least two sides; filling the compartments with the moldable food product, wherein the moldable food product is in a first phase; cooling the moldable food product in each of the compartments to increase a solidity of the moldable food product with respect to the first phase to allow the moldable food product to conform to the shape of the interior space of the compartment; and sealing the filled compartments so as to cover the open ends of the compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Durga LISKE
  • Patent number: 8133517
    Abstract: A microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product comprising: a flexible microwave-safe plastic packing bag which is vacuumed to a pressure of 50 to 600 mmHg and, in the pressure-reduced state, hermetically sealed; an open-topped plastic box placed in said packing bag; and a sushi product placed in said box; said vacuum-packed frozen sushi product being such that a space is formed in said packing bag in the pressure-reduced state around said sushi product and the space has, in total, a volume 0.1 to 0.7 times that of said sushi product; an inner surface of said packing bag is in contact with an upper surface of said sushi product; and said packing bag, said box and said sushi product are frozen together in a unified form. Water vapor generated during thawing is allowed to flow through a space formed between the sushi material and the box and the packing bag to heat a rice section and a material or materials, thereby providing the sushi product with diminished unevenness in temperature distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Polar Star Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Ishino, Hironobu Kadoya
  • Publication number: 20120052165
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging for products (such as fresh red meat) that are enclosed between a support member and a lid (i.e., a film). More specifically, the presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging comprising an elevation unit that raises the profile of the packaged product to contact the lid at any desired time, such as at the time of retail display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: CRYOVAC, INC.
    Inventor: Michael L. Becraft
  • Publication number: 20120045558
    Abstract: A method for packaging products with mechanically abusive surfaces, such as crustaceans and shellfish, comprises the use of a twin film as the top skin film in vacuum skin packaging process. The twin film comprises at least two component films superimposed the one on the other and not welded, bonded, adhered, glued or sealed together. The invention also relates to a vacuum skin package comprising a food product selected from the group consisting of crustacean and shellfish loaded on a support and a twin skin film draped over the product and welded to the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Andrea Fanfani, Maurizio Ciocca
  • Publication number: 20120040058
    Abstract: Customized children's feeding systems and methods of using the customized children's feeding systems are provided, in a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a packaged food product (10) including a tray (12) defining at least three compartments (20,22,24) and an individual food cartridge located in each of the compartments. Each food cartridge and compartment can be associated with a corresponding color, shape or symbol that is representative of a food category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Anthony Colo, John Joseph Wolf, Anne McCandish Emenhiser, Eric Anthony Hanson, Christina Mayadas Lawrence, Robert LaVenture Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8114452
    Abstract: There is provided a microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product comprising: a flexible plastic packing bag which is vacuumed to a pressure of 50 to 600 mmHg and, in the pressure-reduced state, hermetically sealed; an open-topped plastic box placed in the plastic packing bag; a laminated metal foil placed on the bottom of the plastic box; and a sushi product placed in the plastic box with its sushi material or materials in contact with the laminated metal foil; the microwavable vacuum-packed frozen sushi product being such that an inner surface of the plastic packing bag is in contact with a rice section of the sushi product; and the plastic packing bag, the plastic box, the laminated metal foil and the sushi product are frozen together in a unified form, in which water vapor emanating from the sushi product in the thawing flow through a space formed around the sushi product to effect heating of the rice section and the sushi material or materials of the sushi product, thereby diminishing temperature uneve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Polar Star Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Ishino, Hironobu Kadoya
  • Publication number: 20120003362
    Abstract: A prepackaged food kit (20) for making or assembling s'mores generally includes a base tray (22) defining at least one compartment (24). The at least one compartment including a plurality of biscuits (30), a plurality of confection pieces (32), and a plurality of marshmallows (34). The kit also includes a top (40) fitted and sealed to the base tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Donald G. Everard
  • Publication number: 20110268854
    Abstract: A system for providing single portion viscous or semi-viscous food products utilizes an indexing conveyor to serially dispense pieces of top packaging material thereon, deliver a precise volume of the single serve food product, deposit a top packaging material piece thereon, press the sandwiched layer together to form the final shape of the food product and, optionally, heat seal the top and bottom material pieces to enclose the food product. Optional system layouts include cooling and/or oxygen depleted zones and multiple lane operation and serially adjacent rows of system components wherein the indexing conveyor moves forward by two increments at each indexing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jay
  • Publication number: 20110244108
    Abstract: A container that enables a food product with one or more pieces of solid food, such as soup, to be made utilizing a brewing machine. The container can be configured to hermetically contain a soup extract and dried pieces of solid food. The container can be pierceable to accommodate an injection of water into the container for combination with the soup extract to produce a broth, and an outflow of the broth from the bottom of the container. The container can also contain one or more inner chambers holding solid food pieces in an isolated location that can be kept separate and dry from both the water that flows into the container as well from the broth that is produced when the soup extract is infused with the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael David RABIN
  • Publication number: 20110229610
    Abstract: The anti-leak meat pack can include a food packaging tray, meat on the tray, a film covering the meat, wrapped around the tray, and sealed against an outward-facing surface all around the tray, an anti-leak seal thereby being formed surrounding the meat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CASCADES CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Mathieu Roberge, Jean-Peirre Fredette
  • Publication number: 20110117250
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for closing an opening in a container for food products, such as a tray or jar, comprising the processing steps of: A) arranging a flexible foil layer over the opening which protrudes outside the edge of the opening; and B) urging the overhanging part of the foil layer against the outer side of the container; and C) attaching the foil layer to the container. The invention also relates to a thus manufactured packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: ABARKA PACKAGING SOLUTIONS B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Henricus Maria Van Cuijk
  • Publication number: 20110111099
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a lid sealed to the compartment. The base member has a gripping portion and the lid has a tab which overlies the gripping portion when the lid is connected to the base member. In one form, the gripping portion of the base member has a plurality of edges that define an outer profile of the gripping portion and expose a portion of a lower surface of the tab. The outer profile limits tacking of the tab to the gripping portion when the lid and base member are cut from respective webs of material. Additionally, a method is provided for assembling a food container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Bonita M. Hinze, James F. Schmitt, David W. Wiseman
  • Patent number: 7803416
    Abstract: A method of packaging a fresh meat product on a support member (6) lidded with a twin lidding film (3) including an inner oxygen permeable film (15) and an outer gas impermeable film (16), by providing the twin lidding film (3) as a composite wound up on a single supply roll and, following unwinding and before entering into a lidding station (4), briefly separating the two films (15) and (16) before superposing them again one over the other before the sealing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Carmen Roveda, Stefano Capitani
  • Publication number: 20100233334
    Abstract: A process for producing a food enclosed in sealed containers which is free from a trouble during production that water spills from the containers or a perforating jig falls into the containers and in which a heat treatment can be conducted without causing quality unevenness. A food (1) is placed in containers (2). The containers (2) filled with the food (1) are sealed with a primary film (4) having a through-hole (3) to obtain a sealed-container-packed food (A). This sealed-container-packed food (A) is disposed in a heating vessel (7) having a steam inlet part (5) and a steam discharge part (6). Steam is introduced through the steam inlet part (5) into the heating vessel (7) to heat the sealed-container-packed food (A) while discharging the steam through the steam discharge part (6). Thereafter, a secondary film (8) is bonded to each container through the primary film (4) so as to cover the through-hole (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: ECHIGOSEIKA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Yamazaki, Yoshimi Ohtaki, Tadao Kosaka, Akihiko Sasagawa
  • Patent number: 7776416
    Abstract: A case-ready package has a support member, a lid, and an absorbent pad capable of withstanding sudden evacuation without rupture. The absorbent pad has upper and lower webs enveloping an absorbent layer, with the upper and lower webs adhered to one another around the periphery of the pad. The lower web is a permeable web comprising fiber. The fiber is preferably hydrophobic, and preferably has a hydrophilic composition thereon. The invention also pertains to a packaging process and packaged product using the absorbent pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Kinard, G. Franklin Vaughn, Jr., Solomon Bekele, Charles Kannankeril
  • Publication number: 20100196550
    Abstract: Packaged chocolate confectionery products and method described herein provide substantially increased stability and shelf life. The packaging and method is particularly suited for extending the stability and shelf life of chocolate confectionery items comprising a first chocolate component and a second component comprising a food ingredient, such as nuts, wafers, biscuits, liqueurs, fruit fillings, fat-containing fillings, and combinations thereof. The package comprises a rigid thermoformed or injection formed container having at least one recessed area surrounded by a peripheral sealing rim. A membrane, which is substantially impervious to oxygen and moisture, is sealed to the peripheral sealing rim. The container is formed of a thermoplastic laminate including at least one oxygen barrier layer, which is positioned between at least one inner and at least one outer polymer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Melissa Navarro Mussumeci, Claudine de Sá Botelho Pinto
  • Publication number: 20100173047
    Abstract: A food package and method for forming the same are provided, where the food package includes an outer wrapper surrounding a stack of food products and a pair of end backers, one at each end of the stack, are enclosed within the wrapper. The end backers or sealing backers each provide a backing or sealing surface for use in forming the end seals in the outer wrapper. Pressure can be applied against the backers during formation of the end seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Anderson Marinheiro da Silva, Claudine de Sá Botelho Pinto, Luiz Gustavo Castelo Oyamada, Marina de Paula Queiroz Kraus
  • Patent number: 7718208
    Abstract: Disclosed are improved packages and methods for packaging meat, fish, poultry, vegetables or other food products. A package of the present invention is a vacuum skin package comprising a multilayer film comprising at least one layer of an organic acid modified ionomer blend and at least one layer of an ethylene-containing polymer, such as an ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, wherein the film has specific gas permeability requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: John Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 7712289
    Abstract: In the case of a method for the gastight packaging of objects using a film material fitting tightly on the objects using a vacuum, the object being placed in a tray and a deep-drawable film being attached to the tray for sealing, it is provided that a tray having at least one peripheral rim is used to form the packaging, the deep-drawable film is cut to the size of the peripheral rim, and that the deep-drawable film is subsequently and/or simultaneously applied to the peripheral rim in a gastight manner. A device preferably for carrying out this method has at least one cutting device for the deep-drawable film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Jörg von Seggern Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg von Seggern
  • Publication number: 20100068355
    Abstract: A heat-sealable, coextruded composite polymeric film comprising a substrate layer comprising a first copolyester material having on a surface thereof a heat-sealable layer comprising a second copolyester material wherein: (i) the first and second copolyester materials are different from each other; (ii) the copolyester of the substrate layer comprises an aromatic dicarboxylic acid and a saturated aliphatic dicarboxylic acid of formula CnH2n(COOH)2 wherein n is 2 to 8; (iii) the heat-sealable layer comprises one or more wax(es); and (iv) the composite film is shrinkable or thermoformable; and the use thereof as a packaging film, particularly as, or in the manufacture of, a lidding film for heat-sealing to a receptacle containing a food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: DUPONT TEIJIN FILMS U.S. LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Michael R. Berry, William J. Brennan, Fenghua Deng, Daniel C. Sanders
  • Patent number: 7600358
    Abstract: A method for packaging a product arranged in a tray is provided. An upper film located in a distance above the product is clamped along an edge surrounding the tray and is deformed in a direction extending away from the product. Subsequently, evacuating of the space surrounding the product is performed, then a raising of the tray towards the upper film and finally a sealing of the film and of the edge of the tray. In this way, the seam of the upper film and the edge of the tray is attained to be free from creases such that a long-living and good looking package is produced. Additionally, a packaging machine for performing the method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: MULTIVAC Sepp Haggenmuller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Johann Natterer
  • Patent number: 7597918
    Abstract: In a method for vacuum packaging a pre-cooked lobster, a bulge, and a horn-receiving notch in that bulge are formed of a plastic tray. The lobster is placed in this tray with a wrapping sheet over it. The bulge and the notch are formed so that the horn of the lobster extends substantially tangent with the wrapping sheet and with the surfaces of the notch. Vacuum is applied between the tray and the wrapping sheet to vacuum-pack the lobster into the tray, thereby enclosing the lobster in a sealed package, with the horn extending tangent to the surfaces of the package surrounding the horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventors: Hein Rijnbeek, Fred Murphy
  • Publication number: 20090186131
    Abstract: A sterilised ready-meal food package comprising: a main container, defining a main volume and having a first opening at the upper part; a main food product held inside at least part of such main volume; at least one secondary container defining a secondary volume and having a second opening at the upper part; at least one secondary food product held inside at least part of the secondary volume; removable covering means arranged to occlude the first and the second opening. The main and secondary food products occupy at least 80% of the free volume available therefor; furthermore, the secondary container is associated in a removable manner inside the main container, in such a manner to occupy part of the main volume and reduce the free volume available for the main food product to a portion of the main volume. The finding also comprises a method for preparing the ready-meal food package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Iain Roberts, Eleanor Luna, George Kyaw Soe Maung Aye, Jeewon Jung, Giancarlo Tedeschi, Valentina Masotti, Francesca Passoni
  • Publication number: 20090162506
    Abstract: Methods of preparing food and a divided container system used in the preparation. The container system has a master tray having an interior portion and a peripheral top edge, at least one insertable sub-tray positionable within the interior portion of the master tray, in which each sub-tray includes a peripheral top edge and an interior portion, and a lid for sealing both the master tray and the at least one insertable sub-tray. There are means securing a sub-tray in place within in the master tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Majorie Weir
  • Publication number: 20090155432
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a calcium-enriched chewable baked food product in which at least one piece of the food product provides the recommended daily DRI of elemental calcium. The calcium-enriched baked food product has a mouth feel, texture and taste substantially similar to a non-calcium-enriched baked food product. The food product also provides Vitamin D3 in a range of 100-2400 IU and optionally may be enrobed with a flavored coating. The present invention is also directed to a method for producing the calcium-enriched food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Mary A. Walter, Nick N. Davis
  • Publication number: 20090155435
    Abstract: A flip tray is provided that includes a transparent, compartmentalized container body and a flexible sealing sheet sealed to partition walls and to the peripheral rim of the compartmentalized container body. Plant material with active respiratory activity such as fruits and vegetables are disposed in the compartments of the transparent container body. Each of the compartments exchanges respiratory gases through the micro-perforated sealing sheet individually in a controlled manner. A tray having a completely flat bottom is secured to the container body so as to underlie the flexible sealing sheet and includes peripheral vent conformations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Mann Packing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Julio Loaiza, Tom Mangino
  • Publication number: 20090142454
    Abstract: A reclosable food package for sliced food products to be maintained in a shingled arrangement and to provide convenient top access to the food product, the package including a rigid base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a rigid lid secured to the base. Advantageously, the base member includes a bottom wall and side wall portions that are configured to hold the food product in a shingled arrangement. The bottom wall further includes at least one channel that facilitates removal of the food product and cooperates to provide stability when the package is placed in an upright or horizontal position resting upon its bottom wall. The lid also has an inwardly extending annular bead which provides an audible sound when the lid is being placed upon the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Terry Ann Clark, Michele Marie Dziaba
  • Publication number: 20090130275
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a thermal-insulating container (100) comprising a vessel (105) and a wrap (125) wherein the vessel comprises one or more protrusions (108) extending from a sidewall (115) wherein the wrap and the protrusions cooperate to form one or more void spaces (120) between the wrap and the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Steven M. Trost, Joseph W. Pruitt
  • Publication number: 20090123611
    Abstract: A printed sterilizable laminate for aseptic packaging includes two films each including a core layer including ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, polymeric adhesive, or polyamide; first and second intermediate layers each including a polyamide; an outer layer including amorphous cyclic olefin copolymer, or a blend of amorphous cyclic olefin copolymer and at least one olefinic copolymer; an inner layer including olefinic copolymer, or a blend of an olefinic copolymer and amorphous cyclic olefin copolymer; and first and second tie layers adhering the intermediate layers to the outer and inner layers respectively; a printed image disposed on the outside surface of the first film, or the inside surface of the second film; and an adhesive that bonds the outer layer of the first coextruded film to the inner layer of the second coextruded film. An aseptic package, and a method of making an aseptic package are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Solomon Bekele
  • Publication number: 20090047394
    Abstract: A pet food packages of pet food package is chosen for visual appeal. The package includes a tray and a film that retains loose components of the pet food in a specified and consistent arrangement by vacuum conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Neil Willcocks, Peter Slusarczyk, Alessandra Collier
  • Publication number: 20090022860
    Abstract: A method of packaging a fresh meat product on a support member (6) lidded with a twin lidding film (3) including an inner oxygen permeable film (15) and an outer gas impermeable film (16), by providing the twin lidding film (3) as a composite wound up on a single supply roll and, following unwinding and before entering into a lidding station (4), briefly separating the two films (15) and (16) before superposing them again one over the other before the sealing step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Carmen Roveda, Stefano Capitani
  • Publication number: 20080305209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing and packaging a dairy product, particularly mozzarella cheese, and a packaging method therefor which is studied to facilitate the handling and improve preservability of the latter. Particularly, the present invention relates to a method for preparing and packaging a pasta filata cheese, comprising a step of substantially dry packaging, i.e. without preserving liquid, and heat packaging of said pasta filata cheese.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: GIANFRANCO MATTEI
  • Publication number: 20080253701
    Abstract: A first container bag according to the present invention has top and bottom seals that are considered a lockup seal and an internal peel seal that will hold the gas and product in, but will also allow for ease of opening after removal of the top seal. This bag is such as that conventionally formed by use of VFFS technology, and includes the top and bottom end seals. However, the present invention provides additional features including a peel-away or otherwise separable seal, and a perforated segment. By tearing the bag at the perforated segment, the end seal may be bypassed, thus providing access to the internal separable “peel-away” seal. This configuration allows for a bag configuration which allows for the transportation of materials via the bag from a first, loading, location to a second, unloading, location, at which the items within the bag may be removed from the bag without the use of tools, and without tear-off discharge during the bag opening process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Star Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Ollie B. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20080156672
    Abstract: This invention is a method and device for treating beverages, particularly wine, with negative ions and thereby enhancing the flavor of the beverages. The invention is preferably a container designed to enclose the beverage where the inside of the container is coated with a substance (such as a powder) that emits or generates negative ions. The treatment process will take place over several hours to several days depending on the desired strength of the treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: John Shih