In Flexible Wrapper Or Container Patents (Class 426/410)
  • Patent number: 10701950
    Abstract: A process of producing a filled sheet of process cheese, in which process cheese and a filling are co-extruded into a packaging material to produce a strand having a thickness, the strand is separated at predetermined locations to produce separate sheets, in which the filling is fully enclosed. A machine for producing filled sheets of process cheese, having a co-extrusion nozzle with an outer port for extruding an outer component and an inner port for extruding an inner component fully enclosed by the outer component into packaging material to form a co-extruded strand. The machine may comprise a device for reducing the thickness of the co-extruded strand, such as two or more cooperating rollers, and a device for separating the co-extruded strand, such as two or more rollers having ridges. A sheet of process cheese filled with a filling fully enclosed by the process cheese and having a thickness of 6 mm or less is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Marder, Klaus Kempter, Gabriele Kopp, Erich Laudenbach, Oliver Schaar, Etienne Pirnay
  • Patent number: 10513388
    Abstract: A confectionery packaging is provided comprising a first part formed from a preformed shell that is substantially rigid so that the part maintains it shape. The first part holds the product to be packaged, which in the Figures is shown as a confectionery egg. Main surfaces of the first part are shaped so as to substantially conform to the shape of the confectionery egg. Consequently an open mouth to the part is provided. The egg is accessible through the open mouth. A flange is formed about the perimeter of the open mouth. The flange extends away from the main surfaces and continuously about the perimeter of the mouth and extends a substantial distance therefrom in order to provide a surface against which a second part. The confectionery packaging forms a sealed enclosure about the egg by sealing a second part to the flange. To open the packaging, the film is separated from the first part, for instance by peeling back the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MONDELEZ UK R&D LIMITED
    Inventors: Amy Wetton, Vincenzo Disavino, Jo-Ann Clark, Adam Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10392146
    Abstract: A food storage appliance is provided including a housing, a lid pivotally attached to the housing movable between an open and closed position, an elongated heat sealing element, an elongated resilient bumper mounted on an underside of the lid with a plurality of elastic members which bias the bumper into an extended position when the lid is open, and when the lid is moved to the closed position the bumper sandwiches a portion of a food storage container to be sealed against the heat sealing element while the elastic members allow the bumper to adjust to maintain even pressure on the food storage container along the elongated heat sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ledger, Eddy Fung
  • Patent number: 9994342
    Abstract: The invention provides a vacuum packaging method and a vacuum packaging apparatus that can sufficiently degasify the inside of a packaging bag without any trouble and in which bubbles are less likely to remain inside the packaging bag after vacuum packaging, even if a liquid is included in a packaged object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TOSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Furuse, Tatsuya Asari, Toshitaka Fukase
  • Patent number: 9387943
    Abstract: There is described a forming member for controlling the volume of packs of pourable food products formed from a tube of packaging material and sealed at a number of sections of tube crosswise to an axis of tube, comprising: a wall comprising, in turn, a first surface which is adapted to interact with a first portion of tube; and a pair of sidewalls protruding from wall on the same side of wall, and comprising respective second surfaces which are adapted to interact with relative second portions of tube; first surface is at least partially concave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Paradisi, Matteo Galloni, Roberto De Pietri Tonelli
  • 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: 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: 20140342033
    Abstract: Packages for housing products and methods of using same are provided. The packages may be used to store consumable products and may be customized, contemporary packages that provide easy handling of the packages and increased purchase interest and marketability amongst consumers. In a general embodiment, the packages of the present disclosure include a body defining an interior for housing a consumable product. The body includes a bottom surface having a centrally-located, vertical axis that is substantially perpendicular to the bottom surface, a front surface that is substantially convex with respect to the vertical axis, and a back surface that is opposed to the front surface and is substantially concave with respect to the vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Joel Dean GENAW, JR.
  • Patent number: 8877271
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventor: Laurence D. Bell
  • Publication number: 20140322398
    Abstract: A packaged food product and a method for assembling a packaged food product that includes an edible sheet-like layer enclosing edible contents as a roll, the edible sheet-like layer and the edible contents separated from each other by a removable vapor barrier for maintaining freshness of the edible sheet-like layer until the food product is ready to be consumed, the removable vapor barrier being graspable by the user for removing it from the rest of the assembled product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jeanne CHENG
  • Patent number: 8784922
    Abstract: A method including the steps of: providing an electric coffee brewing machine; providing a single-use, disposable brew basket, inserting the disposable brew basket into the electric coffee brewing machine; brewing a single cup of coffee with the electric coffee brewing machine; and discarding the disposable brew basket after the single cup of coffee has been brewed. The electric coffee brewing machine has a cold water reservoir, an electric heating element for heating the water, and a basket receiving recess. The disposable brew basket has a bottom wall and at least one side wall extending generally upwardly from the bottom wall to define a brewing reservoir for receiving heated water from the electric coffee brewing machine. The bottom wall of the basket has at least one port located in a central portion thereof to permit brewed coffee to flow from the disposable brew basket. The disposable brew basket is inserted into the basket receiving recess of the electric coffee brewing machine before brewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8771776
    Abstract: A method to produce a food product comprises the steps of providing a plurality of flint corn kernels; drying the flint corn kernels; popping the flint corn kernels; cooling the porous, airy, elastic foam particles produced during popping; cutting with a moving blade said porous, airy foam particles into pieces having a width greater than 0.005 inches to produce an elastic, air entrained popcorn flour occupying a volume; and, vacuum packaging the elastic popcorn flour to reduce the volume occupied by the popcorn flour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Todd W Gocha, Joseph Dileonardo
  • Publication number: 20140178545
    Abstract: The present invention comprises novel methods, devices, and systems, such as blending containers configured to be used with a blender or food processor. The system comprises a blending container configured to attach to a blender or blender base unit with at least one aperture which may be positioned anywhere on the blending container. In preferred embodiments, the system comprises one or more nozzles, which may be temporarily attached to an opening or sprout on a food and beverage pouch, are configured to attach to or be positioned over one or more apertures. In some embodiments, the containers are generally cylindrical in shape and comprise two ends. A first end is open and comprises male or female threading configured to be removable mounted to a blender base unit configured with blender blades. In some embodiments, a second end is substantially closed with a smaller aperture. In other embodiments, the second end comprises a larger aperture and may be removably connected to a filling cap or plunger cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley C. Fach
  • Patent number: 8734879
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method of preservation of a food product comprising the step of adding 1) a first component comprising between 10 ppm and 1% of a biocidal salt of N?-(C1-C22) alkanoyl di-basic amino acid alkyl (C1-C22) ester cationic biocidal molecule with an anionic counterion, and 2) a second component comprising from 10 ppm to 1% by weight an acyl monoglyceride, directly to a food product. The preferred cationic biocidal molecule comprises N?-lauroyl-L-arginine ethyl ester (“LAE”). The invention also discloses the method of preservation of a food product using salts of a N?-(C1-C22) alkanoyl di-basic amino acid alkyl (C1-C22) ester cationic biocidal molecule and an anionic counterion with or without a monoglyceride of a fatty acid, whereby the packaging film is compounded with the salts and the optional monoglyceride of a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nevada Naturals Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sawyer, Richard F. Stockel
  • Patent number: 8697164
    Abstract: Lettuce can be commercially packaged in the field using a wrap that has a body with an opening, and an elastomeric portion around the opening. The elastomeric portion of the wrap is stretched wide enough to place the head into the wrap. The head is placed into the body of the wrap, and the stretched elastomeric portion is released. The relaxed elastomeric portion holds the wrap around the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence J. Foley, Guillermo M. Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20140093623
    Abstract: Provided is an oral pouch flavor product with a fibrous flavored wrapper that encloses an inner filling material. Preferably, the fibrous flavored wrapper includes embedded flavorants. The fibrous flavored wrapper may also include a softening agent, colorants, and/or browning inhibitors. The inner material may include non-tobacco, plant material fibers and preferably has a low moisture content so as to prevent the need for preservatives or refrigeration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Karen M. Torrence, Warren D. Winterson
  • Patent number: 8586121
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a packaged, shelf-stable, gelled natural fruit pulp, in which the natural pectins of the fruit pulp have been substantially demethoxylated by the action of a pectinmethylesterase enzyme under ultra-high pressure (UHP) conditions. Also provided is a method of preparation of the packaged, ambient-stable, natural fruit product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Leo Ivonne Jacops, Natasja Veronica Hermina Lemmens-Smink, Vincent Yves Gerard Passard
  • Patent number: 8563057
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a smokable planar or hose-type food casing or food casing film for food packagings, such as, e.g., sausage casings, shrink bags or the like on polymer basis, which is for the first time manufactured in the jet-blasting process from a homogeneous molten plastic material consisting of a plastic mixture consisting of at least of PA (polyamide) with PVAL (polyvinyl alcohol) and PEBAX (polyether block amide). The food casing or food casing film has a water vapor permeability that is at least 1 kg/m2 within 24 h. Its oxygen permeability at a film thickness of 30 ?m is less than 2.1 cm3/m2 within 24 h. Moreover the present invention for the first time proposes a method for manufacturing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Jürgen Schiffmann
  • Patent number: 8545915
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for increasing Vitamin D content in mushrooms irradiates the mushroom(s) for a duration of up to six seconds with one or more pulses of light with wavelengths in the range of about 200 to about 1000 nanometers. The light is emitted by an electric glow discharge lamp, such as a xenon lamp, that emits ultra-violet light. The intensity of the light is such that after irradiation the mushrooms have a Vitamin D2 content of at least about 400 IU/84 g of mushrooms, which is 100% Daily Value of recommended Vitamin D for human consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Oakshire Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8541038
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Feldmeier, Metty Poei, Mary Amanda Lamp, Brian Patrick Lawless, Paul Edward Doll, Edward L. Dickinson, Patsy Anthony Coppola, Stephen K. Guerrera, David J. Smith, Gregorio Ramon Maramba Abesames
  • Publication number: 20130236617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for storing a packaged liquid product, wherein the liquid product comprises expressed tea juice and has a total tea solids content of at least 4% by weight of the liquid product, the method comprising storing the packaged liquid product for a storage period of at least two weeks wherein the packaged liquid tea product is not subjected to a temperature exceeding 37° C. for more than 10 days during the storage period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Mycock, Alistair David Smith, Helen Jane Woolley
  • Patent number: 8529971
    Abstract: Packaging of a stack of confectionery pellets (12) comprises a tubular pack (30) formed from a flexible wrapper (32) and a re-closable cap member (34) mounted to one end of pack. The cap member has a base affixed to a side wall of the pack (30) and a scoop (40) attached to the base for movement between closed and open positions. The scoop (40) is shaped to act as a receptacle for holding a pellet (12) dispensed from the pack when in the open position. The wrapper (32) has a line of weakness (61) extending around all or part of the end wall region and during manufacture an inside surface of the scoop (40) is bonded to the end wall region. When the scoop (40) is first opened, the wrapper (32) tears along the line of weakness to create an opening in the pack (30) through which pellets (12) can be dispensed. A method of manufacturing the packaging is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cadbury Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Asit Modha
  • Patent number: 8512780
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaging systems and methods useful in extending the storage-life of foodstuff such as fresh fish. The packaging systems and methods can be used to transport or store the foodstuff for an extended period of time. The packaging systems preferably use a fuel cell to maintain a reduced oxygen level in the environment surrounding the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Global Fresh Foods
    Inventors: Laurence D. Bell, David G. Schanzer, Brian J. Westcott
  • Patent number: 8377488
    Abstract: Methods are provided for treating freshly harvested olives to substantially retain the quality of oil contained therewithin for enabling production of high quality olive oil from said treated olives at a prolonged time after harvest and treated freshly harvested olives with retained oil qualities characterized in that the oil extracted therefrom after a prolonged storage time meets the standards of the IOC for Virgin Olive Oils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Olive X-Tend Ltd.
    Inventors: Nir Padan, Yariv Gershony, Zohar Kerem, Shimon Lavee
  • Patent number: 8372459
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooking food, such as meat, protein, vegetable, or soup is disclosed. In one embodiment, the food items are supplied in a flexible polymer package that can withstand the temperature needed to cook the item. The cooking apparatus has two cooking surfaces in the form of heated platens, which may be arranged in a vertical orientation. These platens come together to simultaneously contact both sides of the food item. The cooking apparatus further includes a controller, configured to prepare the food using various control system algorithms. The apparatus cooks the food item from both sides to affect rapid and even cooking. It uses a combination of temperature, time, food thickness, platen force and a cooking code that is unique for each food type. The control system algorithm uses some or all of these parameters to determine precisely when the food item is cooked correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Vincent A. Piucci, Charles R. Sperry, Dennis F. McNamara, Stephen D. Smith, Suzanne M. Scott
  • Publication number: 20120244259
    Abstract: A sanitized, ready-to-use and ready-to-eat celery pack is disclosed wherein the package consists of limbs that are from 6- to 18-inches in length and weigh from 0.10 to 11.75 pounds. The limbs are prepared by removing the butt, heart and leaves from celery stalks, cut to lengths from 6 to 18-inches, sorted by length, sanitized and packaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: A. DUDA & SONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert P. GRAY, Dean DIEFENTHALER, William Guy MUNGER, JR., Manuel L. ALCALA, Daniel SALDIVAR, Lauri Duda BUCKLEY, Lawrence K. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8252396
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a barrier film that maintains an oxygen barrier after being subjected to autoclaving conditions. The film comprises one EVOH layer positioned as a core layer, and one EVOH layer positioned directly adjacent to an outer layer comprising highly permeable material having a moisture vapor permeability greater than about 40 g-mil/100 in2-day-atm. During autoclaving, the barrier properties of the EVOH layer positioned adjacent to the outer layer allows improved recovery of oxygen barrier properties. In addition, during rewetting applications, the internal EVOH layer maintains the oxygen barrier. Also disclosed are methods of making and using the disclosed barrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter B. Mueller, Patrick W. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20120128836
    Abstract: A seasoning bag for seasoning a foodstuff that includes an edible adhesive adhered to an interior of the seasoning bag and a seasoning adhered to the interior of the seasoning bag via the edible adhesive. The seasoning bag may be used in connection the preparation and/or cooking of foodstuffs. The bag may be used to season, marinade, and store a foodstuff. The bag may also be a cook-in bag, suitable for roasting, microwaving, slow cooking, and/or boiling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: FLAVORSEAL LLC
    Inventor: Chris Carroll
  • Patent number: 8096097
    Abstract: An apparatus for encasing product in a tubular material with a handle is described. The apparatus of the preferred embodiment of the invention comprises a delivery conveyor, a ram located on a first side of the delivery conveyor, a product horn located at a side of the delivery conveyor opposite the ram, the product horn having a first end and a second end, the first end adjacent the delivery conveyor and the second end remote from the delivery conveyor, a sealer configured to form tubular seamed casing about the product horn, a printer in data communication with a scale, a clipper located at the second end of the product horn, and a plurality of tag handles feeding through the printer and to the clipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Precitec Corporation
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8003146
    Abstract: A method including the steps of: providing an electric coffee brewing machine; providing a single-use, disposable brew basket, inserting the disposable brew basket into the electric coffee brewing machine; brewing a single cup of coffee with the electric coffee brewing machine; and discarding the disposable brew basket after the single cup of coffee has been brewed. The electric coffee brewing machine has a cold water reservoir, an electric heating element for heating the water, and a basket receiving recess. The disposable brew basket has a bottom wall and at least one side wall extending generally upwardly from the bottom wall to define a brewing reservoir for receiving heated water from the electric coffee brewing machine. The bottom wall of the basket has at least one port located in a central portion thereof to permit brewed coffee to flow from the disposable brew basket. The disposable brew basket is inserted into the basket receiving recess of the electric coffee brewing machine before brewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20110183051
    Abstract: A system and method of packaging a food product which provides a long shelf life, wherein the food product is cooked on rollers heated to 500° to 550° F. degrees in an oven heated to 750° to 800° F. for less than ten minutes and then enters a blast chiller at about 5° F. After cooling the product to 40° F. the product is placed in a cook-in bag, seasonings are added and the bag is vacuum-sealed and stored in a cooler at about 40° F. or lower. The seasonings are irradiated prior to being added to the food product to further control pathogen growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: David J. Skender
  • Publication number: 20110177213
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a flow wrapped packaging (1) for a food product (10), said packaging (1) being of a flexible material and having a substantially rectangular shape, the packaging (1) being folded around the food product (10) and being sealed on at least three side portions (L1,B1,B2) of the packaging (1), wherein a longitudinal sealed side portion (L1) of the packaging (1) extends two free adjacent flap portions (5a, 5b) extending freely from the sealed portion (2b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Peter Muller, Stephane Hentzel, Jenny Maria Juniwik Vaney
  • Publication number: 20110165287
    Abstract: A process to prepare packaged pasteurised or sterilised 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 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Rudolf Beckhoven Van, Arjen Bot, Alexander Duchateau, Luppo Edens, Joris Kloek, Andre L. Ross De
  • Patent number: 7935374
    Abstract: Methods of imparting functionality to a food surface are described. In general, a tubular food casing having a surface coated with a polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer is contacted with a food surface. The functionality is imparted onto the food surface, and in some instances, the polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer is subsequently removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: ViskoTeepak Belgium NV
    Inventor: Douglas E. Appleby
  • Publication number: 20110052762
    Abstract: A package with a food product therein is provided and, in particular, with a coffee product, comprising at least an inner package and at least an outer package, and having at least one means for reclosing provided on the inner package and/or on an inner side of the outer package. Alternatively, the inner package may comprise a vacuum-packed inner package with an outer package. A machine for producing a packaged food product is also provided and, in particular, for producing a packaged coffee product. The machine comprises at least one device for applying a means for reclose to the inner package and/or to the inner side of the outer package, the device provided in the machine direction upstream of a device for providing the at least one outer package around the at least one inner package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Juergen FLIEGER, Harald LORENZ, Joachim Guenter BELLMANN
  • Publication number: 20110052752
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are disclosed for providing a rotational pet-food diet to a pet. Rotational pet-food formulas are provided that enable a pet owner to cycle a pet's diet through a sequence of different pet-food formulas that are digestively compatible and developed to nutritionally complement one another. The rotational pet-food formulas may be packaged together and sold as a single point-of-purchase unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: GlobalOne Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Saxe, Michael Farmer
  • Publication number: 20110045143
    Abstract: A packaged bottled beverage has a base component of the beverage in a container under vacuum separate from an additive in a sealed compartment of an ingredient release closure. Upon opening the sealed compartment, suction is created forcing the additive to quickly and thoroughly exit the ingredient release closure, a region of relatively higher pressure, and flow into the base component in the container, a region of relatively lower pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: James Clayton Bell
  • Publication number: 20110038986
    Abstract: A daily multivitamin is packaged in inexpensive paper sachets (i.e. packets) similar to any familiar tabletop sugar sachets or sweetener sachets and is delivered as a flavor-free and clearly dissolving powder for addition to a beverage or food item. The multivitamin formula provides 100% of the United States Government's Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of essential vitamins and minerals within a single dosage sachet. The powder particles containing one or more vitamins are micro-encapsulated to conceal the undesirable vitamin flavor. The inner surfaces of the sachets are poly-coated to protect the powder composition from moisture. The sachets are intended to be sold in bulk to businesses and institutions which provide them for free, identical to how sugar, sweeteners and condiments are currently provided for free at such establishments. The sachets containing the single dosage of the multivitamin powder composition are also intended to be sold at retail to consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Steven R. Sponder
  • Patent number: 7867531
    Abstract: Heat shrinkable, oxygen barrier, packaging films, methods of packaging and packages are provided having a myoglobin blooming agent to provide, promote, enhance or maintain a desirable coloration on the surface of a myoglobin-containing meat product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Curwood, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Robert Pockat, Thomas Andrew Schell, Dan G. Siegel, Kevin Philip Nelson, Otacilio Teixeira Berbert
  • Publication number: 20100310732
    Abstract: A pliable, sealed package made from one or more flexible films is used to store an uncooked dough product, with the dough product proofing within the sealed package so as to establish and maintain a greater than ambient pressure within the sealed package. In accordance with an aspect of the invention, the overall package is produced utilizing a horizontal form, fill and seal system. The sealed package can be shrunk and/or wrapped to also provide an external force which is essentially transferred to static pressure with the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: David J. Domingues, David A. Kirk, Scott Kackman, Susan Hall
  • Publication number: 20100303980
    Abstract: A sealed dispensing apparatus suitable for packaging and dispensing a single service portion of a food product. The food product is contained within an inner container cavity formed by an outer cover and a center member. Draw means are provided for transferring a force from the user to the outer cover, whereby the force peels the outer cover from the center section, thus folding the outer cover over itself as it is removed from the center section. The food product is dispensed when the inner container is opened by removing the outer cover from the center member. An optional outer container seals and holds portions of bread or other sandwich portions while the inner container is located therebetween. Box means holds the combination formed by the inner container and the outer container as well as optional condiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Publication number: 20100255164
    Abstract: Packaging apparatus and method for inserting food articles into a bag of comparable size. The apparatus has a conveyor that orients the product along a longitudinal axis and delivers the food article to a tray disposed below the conveyor so the product drops from the conveyor and onto the tray. The tray and conveyor move at speeds selected so the product maintains its longitudinal orientation as it drops from the conveyor into the product tray. A bag scoop holds the bag mouth open while the tray carrying the product advances into the bag. A product stripper moves into a position behind the bagged product after passage of the tray so that when the tray returns to its start position, the stripper butts against the end of the product and holds the product while the tray slides out of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Curwood, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Stackley, Steve John Schult, David Lawrence Zuleger, Kenneth Eugene Nowak
  • Patent number: 7803417
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, the invention is directed to a process for making a variegated nut spread comprising (a) forming an enclosure from a film, b) pumping a nut spread into the enclosure; and (c) before, during, or after step (b), pumping in a separate stream of an inclusion to form a variegated nut spread; and (d) sealing the enclosure to form a container without homogenizing the nut spread and inclusions. The inclusion is generally another food component which is desirably eaten with peanut butter, such as fruit filling variegate, banana, marshmallow filling, chocolate, bacon bits, etc. The invention is also directed to a nut spread, comprising discrete inclusions selected from the group consisting of chocolate syrup, fruit and mixtures thereof. The inclusions in the nut butter of the inventions are discrete so that consumers can experience simultaneously organoleptic properties both of the inclusions and the nut butter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Unilever Bestfoods North America
    Inventors: Sonya Annette Whited, Christopher Burce Puno
  • Publication number: 20100239721
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided comprising an edible substance, a discrete sheet of flexible film, and an adhesive disposed on the flexible film in a pattern that surrounds an adhesive-free space that is sized to accommodate the edible substance. The adhesive preferably does not extend to at least one edge of the flexible film. Portions of the adhesive contact other portions of the adhesive such that the discrete sheet encapsulates the edible substance, and the discrete sheet is twisted in at least one area that includes the adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Valeria Stoppello, Claudine de Sa Botelho Pinto, Camila Morales Duarte, Ronald H. Exner
  • 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: 7794771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coffee tablet which is obtainable by molding and freeze-drying a solution of coffee solids into a desired shape and which has improved dissolution properties and an appealing smooth and/or shiny surface appearance. The coffee tablet also has a closed surface pore structure and an internal pore structure wherein a majority of the pores in the pore structure are interconnected and have a size of between 5 and 50 micrometers. The coffee tablet can also include a coating of a coffee, a flavorant, a colorant or an aroma. The coffee tablet is packaged in an environment of an aroma to form a product that exhibits fresh and strong flavor and aroma characteristics when a beverage is prepared from the tablet even after long term storage of the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Kessler
  • Patent number: 7763296
    Abstract: Described is a cone-shaped food item and systems and methods for packaging and dispensing the same. A preferred food item includes a cone-shaped edible food element such as a cone-shaped waffle, a cone-shaped external wrap for covering the food element, a foodstuff filling received within the edible food element, and a lid for covering an open upper end of the food element. Systems for assembling and dispensing the food item can include assembling the food element and optionally storing the food element originally in an inverted position wherein the foodstuff to be received internally of the cone-shaped food element is originally contained within the lid and thus not in substantial contact with the waffle or other conical food element. This can help to maintain the integrity of the cone-shaped food element during assembly and maintenance prior to distribution to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Judith N. Stimson
  • Patent number: 7763298
    Abstract: A packaged food article, comprising a package maintaining at least a partial vacuum and having at least a portion being flexible; and at least one food piece disposed therein in the form of a shaped solid composite mass comprising an aggregate base having a quantity of food particles, wherein at least a portion of the food piece is in conforming contact with the flexible package portion and wherein the food piece has a water activity of 0.45 or less is disclosed. In one embodiment the packaged food article further comprises binder. In most embodiments, the binder comprises 25% or less, by weight, of the product, resulting in a product that is less sweet than other grain-based handheld food products, yet retains a chewy texture. In another embodiment, highly oxygen sensitive ingredients are used as a food ingredient. The resulting product has a very long shelf life, maintaining its full color, texture and flavor for at least 3 months, up to about 12 months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: General Mills IP Holdings II, LLC.
    Inventors: William E. Archibald, Dean F. Funk, Robert J. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20100166924
    Abstract: A flexible package with a multiple-opening feature is suitable for retail sale of food products and is comprised of a film material. The flexible package includes two areas of weakness defining two removable top portions. Removal of the first top portion exposes an opening in the flexible package allowing egress of the product through a first opening. Removal of the second top portion exposes a second opening in the flexible package, which, by one approach, is larger than the first opening and thereby permits increased access to the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Jean Elizabeth Leathersich, Glenn Stanley Gruskin, Gladys O. Sierra-Gomez