Container Wall Has Plural Layers Or Package Contains Interior Nonintegral Solid Inedible Material Patents (Class 426/398)
  • Patent number: 9161560
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tomato pulp composition wherein the particle size is not greater than 2.5 which does not contain seeds or peels from the tomato and has a lycopene concentration which is 5 to 15 folds higher than the lycopene concentration in the tomatoes from which said pulp is obtained. The invention further provides an industrial process for obtaining tomato pulp and tomato concentrate from tomato juice. The invention further provides a method for controlling the viscosity and lycopene concentration of tomato products, tomato concentrate or modified tomato juice, by separating a part of the pulp from the tomato juice from which said tomato products are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Lycored Natural Products Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Morris Zelkha, Dov Hartal, Zvi Albert
  • Publication number: 20150132457
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for packaging and pasteurizing seafood which results in an extended shelf life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Harbor Seafood, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Paterson
  • 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
  • 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: 8697160
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an article that enables on-demand blooming of an oxygen-sensitive product packaged within the interior of the article. Specifically, the product can be packaged between two films, wherein at least one of the films is oxygen-permeable. The edges of the films can be attached to one or more suspension frames, such that the product is suspended between the two frames. The oxygen-impermeable film is covered in with an oxygen-impermeable material that can be removed on demand to promote blooming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee Becraft, Joseph E. Owensby, Blake Coates, Donald Keith Moore, Jr., Slawomir Opuszko, James A. Mize, Eugenio Longo
  • 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: 8420140
    Abstract: A package for fruits and vegetables having galvanic functionality is formed by using two or more metals with different galvanic activity properties on the surface of a nonmetallic substrate. The metals may be deposited electrolytically, by vacuum, autocatalytically, or by other methods. The metals are selected to create a galvanic reaction after the package is filled with a low pH food product and its associated liquids, juices, brine, etc. The package may extend the shelf-life of the food product contained therein, for example, by making metal ions available to the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren Druz
  • Patent number: 8365931
    Abstract: The specification discloses a device (10) insertable into a wine bottle (12) after opening, the device (10) being intended to float on the surface (21) of wine remaining in the bottle (12) and minimize deterioration of the remaining wine, said device (10) including a core structure (11) having a thin spring plate (11a) capable of being deformed when the device (10) is inserted into the bottle (12) and capable of recovering its shape once inserted into the bottle (12), the core structure (11) further having at least one floatation means (11b) and said device (10) including a liquid impervious outer sheath (18) having upper and lower walls (14, 15) sealed to one another to retain the core structure (11) therein, the outer sheath (18) being of a material that is non reactive with wine and including a flexible outer peripheral edge zone (42) with cuts or the like (49) formed therein, the outer peripheral edge zone (42) being adapted, in use, to contact the internal surfaces of the wine bottle (12) while floating
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Barry Maxwell Rees, Malcolm McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8304004
    Abstract: An ovenable paper container containing an inner liner, an outer liner, and an intermediate or corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. The ovenable paper container can be used to heat and/or cook food and then be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Ovenable Paper Pan Company, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Sanders
  • Patent number: 8304003
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ovenable corrugated paper container containing at least an inner liner containing a first paper substrate and a polymeric coating on a food product side; an outer liner containing a second paper substrate; and a corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. Due to its insulation properties, the ovenable corrugated paper container may be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Ovenable Paper Pan Company, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Sanders
  • Publication number: 20120064201
    Abstract: A package for fruits and vegetables having galvanic functionality is formed by using two or more metals with different galvanic activity properties on the surface of a nonmetallic substrate. The metals may be deposited electrolytically, by vacuum, autocatalytically, or by other methods. The metals are selected to create a galvanic reaction after the package is filled with a low pH food product and its associated liquids, juices, brine, etc. The package may extend the shelf-life of the food product contained therein, for example, by making metal ions available to the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: DEL MONTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren Druz
  • Patent number: 8029842
    Abstract: An oxygen-absorbing composition, device, and method for oxygen scavenging in a low moisture environment are provided. The present invention provides an oxygen absorbing composition which includes an oxygen reducing agent, water, a carrier, an electrolyte salt, and a humectant salt, which may be the same as the electrolyte salt, present in an amount sufficient to reduce the water activity of the composition to below 0.6. Also included are methods of using the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Powers
  • Publication number: 20110117257
    Abstract: A drinking container includes a main reservoir; a filling reservoir; a filter connecting the filling reservoir to the main reservoir; a plunger assembly having a plunger head in the filling reservoir and a shaft extending therefrom. The shaft defines a passageway from to an opening in the plunger head, to allow addition of liquid through the passageway into the filling reservoir. A valve allows closing of the opening to allow the plunger head to be urged into the filing reservoir, thereby urging liquid in the filling reservoir through the filter into the drinking reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Patricia Kim Sturgess
  • Publication number: 20110081460
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an article that enables on-demand blooming of an oxygen-sensitive product packaged within the interior of the article. Specifically, the product can be packaged between two films, wherein at least one of the films is oxygen-permeable. The edges of the films can be attached to one or more suspension frames, such that the product is suspended between the two frames. The oxygen-impermeable film is covered in with an oxygen-impermeable material that can be removed on demand to promote blooming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Lee Becraft, Joseph E. Owensby, Blake Coates, Donald Keith Moore, JR., Slawomir Opuszko, James A. Mize, Eugenio Longo
  • Patent number: 7851003
    Abstract: A portable beverage system is provided for allowing consumers to combine one or more portions of beverage or other concentrates with a liquid to form a drink. The system includes an inner storage container for the portions and an outer container for mixing the portions with a liquid. The portions may contain beverage concentrates, soup flavorings and spices, or nutritional additives, such as herbs, vitamins, and minerals. Different portions may be provided with system, allowing consumers to make drinks customizable according to personal preferences. The portions may be provided in capsules, gelatin compositions, or other forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Xiaoqing Suzy Zeng
  • Patent number: 7799361
    Abstract: The present invention provides a food preservation system that includes a multi-phase bacterial inhibition food pad. The food pad includes absorbent media and/or material to absorb fluids emanating from the packaged food. The absorbent media/material includes one or more bacterial inhibitors that may possess bacteriostatic and/or bactericidal properties. In addition, the food pad may also include an atmosphere modification system capable of modifying an atmosphere in a food package. Optionally, one or more reaction promoters and/or one or more mechanisms to protect the food preservation system may also be included in the food pad. Overall, the food preservation system inhibits bacterial growth, thereby enhancing food preservation and/or food safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Paper Pak Industries
    Inventors: Marc D. Etchells, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Patent number: 7767987
    Abstract: There are provided an electron beam application method and an electron beam application device capable of uniformly applying electron beams to an object even if the electron beams have a low energy. For this, electron beams (EB) are applied to a beverage container (30) (object) within a magnetic barrier (MF) formed by combining a plurality of magnetic fields generated in an electron beam application region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Japan AE Power Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Eguchi, Isao Hashimoto, Shigekatsu Sato, Hidenobu Koide, Nobuyuki Hashimoto, Takayuki Suzuki, Satoru Gozaki, Tomoyuki Hikosaka, Yukio Okamoto, Hiroyuki Fujita
  • Publication number: 20100185323
    Abstract: A device is provided for insertion into a drinking vessel to prevent accidental or deliberate contamination of the contents of the vessel, the device may be inserted on the drink production line or at the point of sale of the drink, in either embodiment the vessel is provided to the consumer with the device in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Timothy Nicolas Moor, Clea Marshall, David Shieff
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100104716
    Abstract: The shelf life of a ready to drink alcoholic beverage packaged in an aluminium can is improved by a method which includes the steps of a) Preparing a syrup by combining the alcoholic component with a concentrated mixer component and other desired additives b) Maturing the syrup for at least 12 hours at ambient temperature c) Combining the matured syrup with water and de-aerating the combined product d) Filling the de-aerated combined product into a two piece aluminium can which has been coated with a corrosion resistant inert lining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: INNVOPAK SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Gregory John Charles Stokes
  • Publication number: 20100034938
    Abstract: To extend shelf-life, a method of heat-treating a food packed in a packaging container of a packaging laminate comprising a layer of paper or paperboard and outer, liquid-tight coatings of plastic. The 9ackaging container is exposed to a liquid heating medium sprayed against outer walls of the packaging container to heat and hold the food at a predetermined treatment temperature during a predetermined period of time so as to exterminate, eliminate or deactivate harmful microorganisms inside the packaging container. Thereafter, the food is cooled by cold water sprayed against the outer walls of the packaging container. To avoid the risk that liquid penetrates into exposed incision edges on the outside of the packaging container during the heat treatment, the packaging container, before this treatment, is brought into contact with a hydrophobic impregnation agent for absorption and penetration of the hydrophobic impregnation agent in the exposed incision edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Göran Stjernberg, Jan Lagerstedt
  • Publication number: 20090269443
    Abstract: A process to prepare packaged pasteurized or sterilized aqueous drinkable products which comprise casein micelles (e.g. from dairy protein) and peptide-fractions, which peptide fractions are rich in tryptophan, and the products so-obtained. The process requires a heat preservation at a specific pH.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC.,d/b/a/ UNILEVER
    Inventors: Rudolf Franciscus W C. van BECKHOVEN, Arjen BOT, Alexander Lucia L. DUCHATEAU, Luppo EDENS, Joris KLOEK, Andre Leonardus de ROOS
  • Patent number: 7585530
    Abstract: The present invention provides a food preservation system that includes a multi-phase bacterial inhibition food pad. The food pad includes absorbent media and/or material to absorb fluids emanating from the packaged food. The absorbent media/material includes one or more bacterial inhibitors that may possess bacteriostatic and/or bactericidal properties. In addition, the food pad may also include an atmosphere modification system capable of modifying an atmosphere in a food package. Optionally, one or more reaction promoters and/or one or more mechanisms to protect the food preservation system may also be included in the food pad. Overall, the food preservation system inhibits bacterial growth, thereby enhancing food preservation and/or food safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Marc D Etchells, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20090155436
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fluid container with a disposable filter have been presented. In some embodiments, the filter includes a housing having a top and a bottom, a first integral strainer coupled to the top, a second integral strainer coupled to the bottom, and some filtration particles stored within the housing between the first and the second integral strainers. Furthermore, some embodiments of the filter further include a flange coupled to the top, where the flange may have an outer circumference larger than a circumference of the top of the housing, and an inner circumference smaller than the circumference of the top of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas W. Chalmers, Matthew Zuckerman
  • Publication number: 20090074929
    Abstract: A method for preserving food to be sterilized by heating which comprises sealing the food by using a multilayer container and a cap part and sterilizing the food by heating at 80° C. or higher, wherein the container has a layered structure having three or more layers in which a layer comprising polypropylene as the main component, an adhesive layer comprising an adhesive thermoplastic resin and a gas barrier layer comprising a polyamide resin having substantially no hydroxyl group are laminated in this order, and the cap part has a gas barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Tomonori Kato, Ryoji Otaki
  • Patent number: 7504045
    Abstract: A method of triggering a film containing an oxygen scavenger includes providing composition including a peroxide; and packaging the composition in a film including an oxygen scavenger; whereby the oxygen scavenger is triggered in the absence of ultraviolet light, visible light, and electron beam radiation by exposure to the peroxide or an associated enriched oxygen environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew Ve Speer, Frank Bryan Edwards, Scott William Beckwith, Janet Rivett, Thomas Duane Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7468144
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of initiating oxygen scavenging in a packaging article comprising an oxygen scavenging polymer. The method involves (i) providing the packaging article comprising the oxygen scavenging polymer, wherein the packaging article comprises an interior surface and an exterior surface; (ii) wetting the interior surface of the packaging article with a solution comprising a peroxide, to result in a packaging article with a wetted surface; and (iii) exposing the wetted surface to an initiating factor, to initiate oxygen scavenging by the packaging article. Typically, the initiating factor is ultraviolet light, heat, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Stephen Galland, Gary D. Jerdee, Gunnar Rysstad, Keith Johnstone
  • Patent number: 7435981
    Abstract: A plurality of vessel holder means 14 are mounted around a revolving body 12 at an equal circumferential spacing. Each vessel holder means 14 includes two holders 26, 26 for carrying two vessels 4, 4 in vertical alignment. A path along which the revolving body 12 revolves contains an inversion interval C-D and an upright transfer interval D-B and A-C. Inversion means 16 which inverts the vessel holder means 14 about a tangential axis O1 is located within the inversion interval C-D while an electron beam irradiator 24 is located within the upright transfer interval A-C. Vessels which are fed at a vessel feed position A and carried by the holders 26 are subject to the irradiation of the electron beam at an electron beam irradiation position E, then inverted, and when it reaches the electron beam irradiation position E again, the opposite surface is subject to the irradiation of the electron beam. Vessels 4 are inverted again and then discharged at a vessel discharge position B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Naka, Yukinobu Nishino
  • Publication number: 20080199577
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a consumer food storage package to preserve the freshness of food, having an absorbent food pad positioned within a food storage container. The container or absorbent food pad can have a securing means, so that the pad can be positioned in place in the food storage container. Also disclosed is a method for using the food storage package to preserve the freshness of food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Ronald Jensen, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20080187694
    Abstract: A container for holding food or beverages includes an inner thermoformed sleeve and a molded insulating foam support layer. The inner sleeve and foam support layer each have a circumferential wall extending from a bottom wall. The foam layer is bonded to the thermoformed sleeve on the outside or inside of the sleeve. The container can also include an outer sleeve bonded to an outer surface of the foam support layer. The inner sleeve may be made of thermoformed polystyrene. The outer sleeve may be a paper label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: Benito Alvarez, Efren de Urquijo Carmona
  • Patent number: 6884450
    Abstract: A container comprises a substrate and a multi-layer film The substrate has a bottom wall and a continuous base wall in which the continuous base wall encompasses the bottom wall and extends upwardly therefrom. The substrate comprises at least one particulate mineral filler and polypropylene. The multi-layer film is attached to the substrate. The multi-layer film comprises at least a first layer and a second layer The first layer comprises a metallocene-catalyzed polyolefin The second layer comprises polypropylene. The substrate and the multi-layer film are made in the absence of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH), ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), and ethylene methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Wen P. Wu, Tapan Banerjee, Ute Honert, Gary D. Ennis, Mark A. Erickson
  • Patent number: 6818150
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of initiating oxygen scavenging in a packaging article comprising an oxygen scavenging polymer. The method involves (i) providing the packaging article comprising the oxygen scavenging polymer, wherein the packaging article comprises an interior surface and an exterior surface; (ii) wetting the interior surface of the packaging article with a solution comprising a peroxide, to result in a packaging article with a wetted surface; and (iii) exposing the wetted surface to an initiating factor, to initiate oxygen scavenging by the packaging article. Typically, the initiating factor is ultraviolet light, heat, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignees: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Elopak Systems AG
    Inventors: M. Stephen Galland, Gary D. Jerdee, Gunnar Rysstad, Keith Johnstone
  • Publication number: 20040185156
    Abstract: Processing and packaging for perishable goods, such as beef, in a conduit wherein oxygen is substantially excluded and suitable gases such as carbon dioxide are provided at a suitable pressure and in such a manner as to increase the quantity of the gases dissolved in the perishable goods to extend the shelf life of the goods and decontaminate the goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony J.M. Garwood
  • Publication number: 20040115310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sealed flexible cartridge, designed to be extracted under pressure, containing a beverage-forming substance for the preparation of a beverage. The cartridge has first and second sheets of circular, oval or polygonal shape which leave between them a space for the substance and are welded together around their periphery. The first sheet is made of a material chosen from filter paper, a non-woven material and a semi-rigid material and the second sheet is made of a material chosen from filter paper, a non-woven material and a composite. The first sheet is such that it allows water at atmospheric pressure to pass through it or by piercing and the second sheet is such that it allows water to pass through it only if an overpressure of between 0.1 and 3 bar is achieved during extraction from the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Petr Masek
  • Patent number: 6709724
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging composition of a carrier, such as a polymer, which is permeable to both oxygen and water or water vapor and an oxygen scavenging compound of an organic compound or salt thereof dispersed relatively uniformly throughout the polymer in an amount effective to act as an oxygen scavenger. The oxygen scavenging compound is activated for scavenging oxygen by contact with water or water vapor which permeates into or through the carrier. Also, a catalyzing agent is included in an amount sufficient to increase the rate of oxygen scavenging by the organic compound. The organic compound and catalyzing agent are preferably maintained in a dry state by freeze drying or microencapsulation until the organic compound is activated for oxygen scavenging by contact with water or water vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventors: Fred N. Teumac, Bruce D. Zenner, Bert A. Ross, Larrie A. Deardurff, Mahmood R. Rassouli
  • Patent number: 6632493
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-layered plastic container (10) that substantially enhances product drainage and reduces product residual levels trapped in the container, especially for viscous liquid products, including oil-in-water emulsions, water-in-oil emulsions, polymeric gels, foams, surfactant mixtures, dispersions, colloidal dispersions, suspensions, polymer solutions, polymer melts, and products like catsup, mustard, syrup, etc. In a particularly preferred embodiment, the plastic container is made by blow-molding an extruded parison having an outer polyolefin layer (14), an intermediate adhesive layer (18), and an inner product-contacting layer (16) of a polyester material such as glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard Emil Hildebrand, IV, Robert Joseph Kissner, Pauline Cruz Zamora, Tomokazu Hattori, Hiroshi Furumichi
  • Patent number: 6592919
    Abstract: A device or sachet (3) for maintaining or modifying the atmosphere in a package suitable for meat, beef, lamb, pork, etc. the device including at least two containing layers (4, 5), a moisture activated chemical substance (6) contained by the containing layers, and at least one absorbent layer (7). Moisture within the package is soaked up by the absorbing layer. The moisture is then transferred from the absorbing layer to permeate through a micro-porous layer (5) as water vapor and activate the chemicals. The gas produced by the chemicals then passes through the sachet and into the package's atmosphere. This modifies the atomosphere to ensure that there is an adequate quantity of CO2 for achieving the desired shelf life of the packaged food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Sealed Air (NZ) Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Ernest Matthews, Thomas Erick Snowball, Rod Darnett
  • Patent number: 6582828
    Abstract: A thermoformable, puncture-resistant multi-layered film with surface slip, prepared by coextrusion and built up from polyolefin-based, polyamide-based and adhesion promoting polymer layers and its use for packaging sharp-edged goods, in particular foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Wolff Walsrode AG
    Inventor: Gregor Kaschel
  • Patent number: 6551638
    Abstract: A method of packaging a beverage having gas in solution and a beverage package has a container 10 containing the beverage 6 to form a headspace 15. Floating on the beverage 6 is a hollow spherical capsule having a restricted aperture 7. During sealing of the container 10 by a top 20 the headspace 15 is pressurised (by a nitrogen dose 16) and during such pressurisation the insert 1 is raised relative to its natural floating position on the beverage 6 to ensure that the aperture 7 communicates with the headspace 15 to pressurise the chamber of that insert. The aforementioned raising of the insert 1 is preferably achieved by subjecting the insert to a centrifugal force during rotation of the container in seaming the top 20 thereto or by magnetic attraction. Following pressurisation of the headspace 15 the insert is lowered to float naturally on the beverage 6 with its aperture 7 submerged. During pressurisation the insert 1 may take in a minimal volume of beverage from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited
    Inventors: Carole Jane Dodd, Robert Purdham, Vivien Jane Sargeant
  • Patent number: 6465038
    Abstract: A tray set composed of a first tray and a second tray, wherein the first tray having a plurality of depressed portions in which sushi toppings can be placed and which each has a shape having a depth so as to fill it with the sushi topping and a portion of a lump of rice seasoned with vinegar. The first tray is provided with a plurality of holes on the bottom so as for liquid dropped or oozed out from the toppings to be discharged therethrough. The second tray is arranged such that it can be laid under the first tray and the liquid discharged from the first tray can be received by a depressed face, and a plurality of projections are formed continually and integrally with the depressed face and the plurality of the projections are disposed so as to be engageable with the holes of the first tray and to project through the holes inside the first tray, when the second tray is laid under the first tray. The projections assist in separating the sushi from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minoru Aoki
  • Publication number: 20020081358
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of initiating oxygen scavenging in a packaging article comprising an oxygen scavenging polymer. The method involves (i) providing the packaging article comprising the oxygen scavenging polymer, wherein the packaging article comprises an interior surface and an exterior surface; (ii) wetting the interior surface of the packaging article with a solution comprising a peroxide, to result in a packaging article with a wetted surface; and (iii) exposing the wetted surface to an initiating factor, to initiate oxygen scavenging by the packaging article. Typically, the initiating factor is ultraviolet light, heat, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: M. Stephen Galland, Gary D. Jerdee, Gunnar Rysstad, Keith Johnstone
  • Patent number: 6338864
    Abstract: A canister for containing a particulate-type product. The canister includes opposing face panels, opposing side panels, a top closure and a bottom closure. The opposing side panels are connected to the opposing face panels to define an upper opening and a lower opening. Further, at least one of the opposing side panels or the opposing face panels includes a first paper-based layer, a second paper-based layer and an adhesive. Each of the first and second layers has an inner surface and an outer surface. The adhesive bonds the inner surface of the first layer to the outer surface of the second layer. The top closure is connected to the opposing face panels and the opposing side panels so as to encompass the upper opening. Finally, the bottom closure is connected to the opposing face and the opposing side panels so as to encompass the lower opening. Upon final assembly, the panels combine to define an internal storage region for containing the particulate-type product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Deering, Patrick J. Sumpmann, Sarah J. Moberg
  • Patent number: 6296885
    Abstract: A process for sequentially filling a container with layers of dry food ingredients in reverse order relative to a desired order of removal for the preparation of a final food product. A first dry food ingredient is deposited into a container. A disk-like divider is positioned atop the deposited food ingredient and depressed such that a flat and level surface is formed atop the food ingredient and the periphery of the divider frictionally adheres to the side wall of the container to seal the food ingredient from a next food ingredient. A next food ingredient is then deposited into the container atop the previously positioned divider. A divider is positioned atop the next food ingredient, and so on until all of the dry ingredients according to a recipe have been introduced into the container. The food ingredients are removed in the reverse order in which they were deposited and selectively combined with wet ingredients according to a recipe for preparation of a final food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Linda L. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20010021406
    Abstract: A release device for slowly releasing vapors of a sprout inhibitor into a small package of potatoes is disclosed. The release device includes a container for holding finely particulate porous media which has absorbed a liquid sprout inhibitor. The container is at least partially porous with respect to sprout inhibitor vapors such that the release device may be utilized to inhibit sprouting of potatoes in small packages during shipments. The release device may further be structured to be coated to control the release rate and may further include being printed upon a porous substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: September 13, 2001
    Inventors: Darol Forsythe, John M. Forsythe
  • Patent number: 6287653
    Abstract: A package for oxygen sensitive goods is made using a barrier material, an oxygen scavenging system, and a polymeric base which is reactive with the by-products of oxygen scavenging. Such packages demonstrate improved product quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew Ve Speer, Charles Robert Morgan, Thomas Andrew Blinka, Ronald Lee Cotterman
  • Patent number: 6265009
    Abstract: A container is manufactured by means of folding and sealing, and is intended to be used in extremely humid conditions, such as in an autoclave or in a cooling tunnel. The container has at least one liquid absorbing layer and all the cut edges of the container are protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Tom Kjelgaard, Ulf Lindsjo, Birger Nilsson
  • Patent number: 6209289
    Abstract: A composition for absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide in a high moisture environment including by weight an iron-based component for absorbing oxygen in an amount of between about 15% and 60%, a carbon dioxide releasing component for releasing carbon dioxide in an amount of between about 8% and 50%, an acidifying component for providing acid for activating the carbon dioxide releasing component, and a dry water-attracting component for preventing premature activation of the iron-based component and carbon dioxide releasing component and for attracting water from a high moisture environment to thereby supply water for activating the acidifying component and the iron-based component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Cullen, George E. McKedy
  • Patent number: 6110512
    Abstract: Packaging for food products is provided which combines a flexible pouch within a stand-up tent-style carton which effects display of the product in an upright orientation within a divided merchandiser. The carton has a non-uniform width. The bottom portion of the carton is narrower than the top portion of the carton, as a result of which the carton, and thus the entire package, complies with a very strict display face dimension limit of the merchandiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Teasdale, Stephen P. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6105384
    Abstract: A heat exchange unit for incorporation internally of a food or beverage container in such a manner that the external surface thereof is in contact with the food or beverage. A food grade coating is adhered to and completely covers the entire exterior surface of the heat exchange unit to preclude direct contact of the food or beverage with surface of the heat exchange unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Chill-Can International, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell J. Joseph
  • Patent number: RE36815
    Abstract: A liner composition for a potable fluid container closure element which includes an inorganic sulfite such as sodium sulfite and/or a tocopherol compound such as a dl-.alpha.-tocopherol (vitamin E) for preventing off-flavors due to the presence of aldehydes in the fluid. Also, a potable fluid container of a reservoir element for containing a potable fluid, the reservoir element having an opening, a closure element capable of being attached to the opening, and the liner composition associated with the closure element. Also, a method of improving the taste of a potable fluid such as bottled water by use of the container and one of the previously described liner compositions associated therewith. Also, an improved method for processing the composition into closure liners based upon the prevention of the development of off-flavor-causing substances therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: ZapatA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred N. Teumac, Mahmood R. Rassouli, Janine Rusnock Surmick, Anthony Irwin